Hunger in the news

22 December 2011

Residents of two southern Philippine cities battered by a storm that left over 1,000 people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands started the hard work of reclaiming their lives as authorities buried dozens of bodies in concrete vaults on Wednesday. (..) The disaster agency said nearly 1 billion pesos worth of infrastructure, schools and hospitals were destroyed in floods. The Agriculture department said more than 15 million pesos worth of crops, mostly rice and corn, were damaged. (..) Some of the displaced spent the night on sidewalks due to overcrowding in schools, churches, gymnasiums and army bases, raising public health concerns due to poor sanitation and lack of potable water.

20 December 2011

"Water has not been restored to many areas, and people are not well sheltered,” Gwendolyn T. Pang, the secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said Monday by telephone. “The risk now is to the health of the survivors.” (..) Health officials are organizing vaccinations at the centers in an attempt to stem the infections.

12 December 2011

During live art sessions, various artists auctioned off their artworks and decided to give part of the proceeds to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). (..) WFP will use this donation to provide approximately 12,000 hot, nutritious meals to school children in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao through its school feeding program.

19 October 2011

Creating more jobs and assisting the country’s poorest sectors would help the Philippine government avert situations similar to the global protests against corporate greed, an official of the United Nations (UN) said today. Stephen Anderson, country director of the UN World Food Programme, said the government already has programs to provide relief to the country’s vulnerable sectors.

5 October 2011

The damage from Typhoon Pedring (Nesat) breached the P9-billion mark Wednesday, with the damage to agriculture going up to P8.093 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Wednesday. (..) The World Food Programme donated 100,000 boxes of high-energy biscuits for 50,000 families in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija.

3 October 2011

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines are stranded in evacuation centres or living with family and friends due to flooding. (..) Stephen Anderson, director, World Food Program, Philippines: That area, because of its mountainous terrain, they've had a lot of landslides, and roads washed out and bridges damaged. So altogether I think they are saying about 2.8 million people affected. It's a different problem than in the more low-lying areas of Region 3 where it's a more of a flat flood basin where the water is congregating and is sitting and that's where you have seen the scenes of people having to climb on their roofs and they expect the water to remain for another five days or so.

3 October 2011

The subsiding water allowed relief workers to deliver food, medicine and dry clothes to families who had waited out the floods on their roofs and upper floors of their homes while being hit with back-to-back typhoons. (..) The United Nations' World Food Programme, meanwhile, said it was distributing 100 tonnes of high energy biscuits to augment government relief assistance.

2 October 2011

The United Nations (UN) wants Asian governments to ramp up their investments in disaster risk reduction to curb and prevent the floods ravaging a number of Asian countries, the international organization said over the weekend. (..) Pakistan is also enduring severe floods, now for the second year in a row. The World Food Programme reports that the floods in this country have affected 5.4 million people, destroyed 73 percent of the harvest, and killed 36 percent of the livestock in flooded areas

12 September 2011

The fierce upsurge in conflict in Central Mindanao in 2008 displaced over 700,000 people. (..) During this period, they received food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) and basic social services from other agencies and NGOs operating in the areas.

6 September 2011

"Any obstacle that prevents the ongoing peace process from moving forward is a concern to the WFP [UN World Food Programme]," Stephen Anderson, country director of WFP, which has been helping some 200,000 people a month since 2008, told IRIN on 6 September.