Hunger in the news

15 December 2009

Japanese celebrity Kurara Chibana, 2006 Miss Universe 1st runner-up, was “shocked” when she saw the extent of the damage wrought by typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines.(..)This was Chibana’s first visit to the Philippines. She came here upon the invitation of the United Nations-World Food Programme (WFP). She also works for the UN-WFP.

8 December 2009

United States (US) Government ups its food aid in its disaster relief and recovery aid to the Philippines by another $ 10 Million, U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney announced.(..)The WFP logistics hub is part of the U.S. Government effort to address accessibility concerns in the northern areas of Luzon.

7 December 2009

The United States (US) government announced an additional $10 million in food aid as part of its disaster relief and recovery assistance to the Philippines, bringing the total assistance granted by the US to $30 million. (..) outgoing US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney said during the holding of the World Food Program’s (WFP’s) logistics hub in Baguio City that “the additional assistance will help address the continuing needs of our friends in the Philippines (..).

3 December 2009

Japan has pledged a loan of $250 million for the Philippines, Ambassador Makoto Katsura announced yesterday. (..) In the wake of tropical Storm Ondoy, Japan extended its emergency humanitarian assistance including emergency relief items through JICA, a substantial amount of food aid amounting to $4.5 million through the World Food Program (..).

3 December 2009

U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney announced today an additional $10 million in food aid as part of the U.S. Government's disaster relief and recovery assistance to the Philippines (..) Speaking at the World Food Program's (WFP) logistics hub in Baguio City Ambassador Kenney said "the additional assistance will help address the continuing needs of our friends in the Philippines (..).

30 November 2009

The world’s largest restaurant company yesterday donated some P35 million to the United Nations’ World Food Program to support its ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines. US-based Yum! Brands – operator of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – turned over a check for $750,000 to the WFP for its World Hunger Relief Program (WHRP) in the Philippines to support its relief and rehabilitation programs for typhoon victims.

30 November 2009

A further increase in clan violence on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao could undermine humanitarian work for tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs), aid officials warn. "We are not pulling our staff out but if the security situation deteriorates further, it could affect us," Stephen Anderson, country representative for the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN.

22 November 2009

For most refugees here, the long-running conflict between the Philippine government and Muslim separatists on the island of Mindanao has become such a part of their lives’ rhythms that they have lost track of how often fighting has displaced them. (..) The number of refugees later stabilized at 300,000, with about 60 percent staying in camps and 40 percent with relatives, according to the World Food Program of the United Nations, which has been distributing food to camps in Mindanao.

18 November 2009

The United Nations and other international agencies on Wednesday revised and increased their flash appeal to support humanitarian efforts in typhoon-ravaged Philippines (..). WFP and FAO have revised estimates of emergency and early recovery needs, taking into account new assessment data, and additional needs.

14 November 2009

WFP delivered last week 300 tons of relief goods for typhoon victims in the Cordillera as a continuing relief assistance. Bernard Kerblat, Senior Logistics officer, WFP Philippines in an emergency meeting of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Coordinating Council last week, said relief goods would be delivered in WFP mobile ware houses set up at the Laoag Airport, Wallace Airbase in Poro Point, La Union and at the Loakan airport to temporarily store supplies while awaiting transport to areas needing relief assistance.