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Hunger in the news
15 September 2014

Malnutrition Costs Cambodia Millions, Say WFP, UNICEF

About 5 million Cambodians are undernourished. This costs the country up to $400 million every year. That is the dollar cost to a human tragedy, according to a new report by UNICEF, the World Food Program, and Cambodia’s Council for Agricultural and Rural Development.
The price of malnutrition – $250-400 million a year – is around 2 percent of the country’s total annual GDP. This is money that could go towards improving roads, power, and schools.

Khmer Times
Hunger in the news
15 September 2014

United States Promotes Child Nutrition and Development in Cambodia

H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sport toured WFP’s school feeding programme. He visited WFP’s school meals and food/cash scholarship programme, met with student beneficiaries-(pre and primary students) and scholarship recipients (students in grade 4-6). The delegation also met and talked with local authority, the school committee, director, teacher and parents/guardian of the students. They visited the food storage, school gardening which vegetable seeds are contributed by the parents as part of their contribution to daily hot breakfast.) 
The visit was accompanied by WFP Country Director, Gianpietro Bordignon and the United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jeff Daigle. It is for the first time that the Minister witnessed the programme and met with students who receive WFP’s food scholarship programme. 

Agence Kampuchea Presses
Hunger in the news
15 September 2014

Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security

The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.
“Cambodia is going to pay the highest price for dam development basin-wide, to the point of affecting the food security of its 80 percent rural population,” Eric Baran, a specialist with the WorldFish Centre, an international research NGO based in Phnom Penh, told IRIN. “Worldwide, there is no bigger consumer of freshwater fish than Cambodia.”

IRIN
Hunger in the news
12 September 2014

SOMALIA: Food insecurity still a problem

MOGADISHU, 16 October 2012 (IRIN) - Rising food costs, poor ‘Gu’ seasonal rains earlier in the year and continuing insecurity in parts of southern Somalia are affecting the nutritional status of vulnerable people there - a situation that could worsen in the coming months amid the risk of flooding, warn experts.

All Africa / IRIN
12 September 2014

U.N. Warns of a Food Shortage 3 Years After Somalia’s Famine

More than 350,000 people here in Somalia’s capital are in acute need of food aid as the government and charities struggle to cope with the situation, the United Nations warned Saturday, and other Somali cities are also facing a similar crisis.

The New York Times
12 September 2014

U.N. Warns of a Food Shortage 3 Years After Somalia’s Famine

More than 350,000 people here in Somalia’s capital are in acute need of food aid as the government and charities struggle to cope with the situation, the United Nations warned Saturday, and other Somali cities are also facing a similar crisis.

The New York Times
12 September 2014

Somalia food crisis: 50,000 children 'at death's door'

Humanitarian agencies demand urgent action as conflict and drought conditions theaten to leave nearly 3 million hungry.

The Guardian
12 September 2014

UN warns of ‘grave humanitarian crisis’ in Somalia as more than 850,000 face starvation

he UN’s director of humanitarian operations has told the world we “need to keep our attention on Somalia”, after new figures showed that more than 850,000 people in the country are in desperate need of food.

The Independent (UK)
Hunger in the news
1 September 2014

Four out of ten children suffer from chronic malnutrition in Colombia

[Article in Spanish] There are several Departments in Colombia with chronic malnutrition rates of around 35%, in other words 4 out of 10 children are being affected. In indigenous communities the situation is more dramatic, where 7 out of 10 children suffers from chronic malnutrition. 
 

Bluradio
Focus on Women
18 July 2014

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Strengthening Food Security through Ancestral Knowledge

As Ecuador further modernizes, it may be able to find stable ground by drawing upon knowledge from its past. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Ecuador is using ancestral knowledge (conocimiento ancestral) to effectively reduce the impacts of climate change by helping Ecuadorian people to successfully adapt.

Huffington Post blog

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