Hunger in the news

17 May 2012

Through its innovative “Sandwich Heroes” campaign, Unilever Food Solutions, a subsidiary of Unilever, has raised Php 400,000 in the Philippines for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The donation will allow WFP to feed 40,000 children under its school meals programme in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao, particularly in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.

27 April 2012

Nearly a million of Filipinos living in Central Mindanao have been displaced from their homes over the past 12 years owing to cycles of violent conflict in the region, a joint study by the World Bank and the UN World Food Programme found. (..) Stephen Anderson, WFP Representative and Country Director, meanwhile said that the study would help agencies like WFP “better target food assistance as well as help communities strengthen their resilience to conflict and natural disasters...the two ARMM provinces in Central Mindanao - Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur - suffer the highest levels of food insecurity... this is exacerbated by high levels of exposure to shocks, such as recurrent flooding and crop disease.”

24 April 2012

WFP Philippines' support to the Philippine government's rehabilitation efforts in Central Mindanao gets a boost from the the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which has provided CDN$ 1 million (approx. PhP 43 million) for WFP's relief and recovery operations in the area.


17 April 2012

WFP Philippines donates two generator sets and a number of tents to assist the recovery of victims of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Negros Oriental last February

28 March 2012

Cebu-based bakery chain Julie’s Bakeshop is working hand in hand with the World Food Programme (WFP) to fight hunger together in the Philippines. The chain is addressing scarcity of food and resources in conflict-ridden areas in central Mindanao through its “Bayan” bread campaign launched in November 2011, to help the less fortunate Filipinos.

5 March 2012

Officials of the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) are now in the province to assess their projects in the three towns of Cagayan province and inaugurated a newly constructed emergency food storage facility. (..) The facility was funded through a counterpart scheme wherein the UN-WFP spent P1 million for the project, P500,000 from the local government unit of Amulung, and P100,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office.

10 February 2012

The Philippines government and an international aid agency are automating inventory systems to improve relief distribution in one of the world's most disaster-prone countries. The World Food Programme (WFP) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are undertaking a US$46,000 customization of an open-source software commonly used in disaster relief, Sahana, to develop a national relief goods inventory and monitoring system, or RGIMS. (..)"We want [DSWD] managers to know what relief goods are in stock in real time," said Dragoslav Djuraskovic, WFP head of logistics in the Philippines.

10 January 2012

A decision to re-open schools in flood-hit northern Mindanao is being cited as key to re-establishing normality even though there are still huge challenges. (..) Various aid and development agencies had to scramble to clear classrooms and make repairs in time for the 3 January opening, while incentives such as free backpacks with school supplies were given to children on opening day to entice them back to school.

30 December 2011

Doing their share to alleviate the plight of the recent flood victims in Northern Mindanao, the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division (6th ID) […] and the UN-World Food Programme (UNWFP) have prepared relief packs for distribution. […] Several metric tons of food items and water were included in the relief packs, together with the kilos of rice donated by the UN-WFP. […] “WFP donated 100 sacks of rice and it was agreed that the relief packs will be combined together. The goods are our help for our fellow countrymen, who were victims of the floods in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan,” Asto said.

30 December 2011

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) received $1 million each from CERF, enabling them to provide emergency water and sanitation services in evacuation centres, and deliver food and logistics support, according to OCHA, which manages the fund. “We are using the funds to provide emergency food to 81,000 displaced people over the next three months,” said Asaka Nyangara, the WFP Deputy Country Director for the Philippines. “Already we have started distributing high-energy biscuits to evacuees in the centres,” he added.