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Hunger in the news
2 April 2014

Greater Tragedy Looms Over South Sudan, Aid Officials Warn

- Insecurity in South Sudan along with obstructions to aid delivery and a huge funding shortfall will result in a massive tragedy in the coming months in the young country, where millions face hunger as the conflict drags on, U.N. officials warned Tuesday. “Ordinary people are bearing the brunt of this conflict and agencies like ours are facing far too many obstacles in trying to assist them," said World Food Program (WFP) chief Ertharin Cousin at the end of a two-day visit to South Sudan with the head of the U.N. refugee agency, Antonio Guterres. The two agency chiefs discussed the crisis with President Salva Kiir and other government officials and were given the president's commitment that South Sudan will support the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the country.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
1 April 2014

UNHCR, WFP chiefs due in Ethiopia

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) chief Antonio Guterres and World Food Program (WFP) chief Ertharin Cousin are both slated to visit Ethiopia on Tuesday to assess the situation of South Sudanese refugees there, a spokesman for the UNHCR's Ethiopia office said Monday. According to spokesman Kisut Gebregziabher, the two officials have already arrived in South Sudanese capital Juba, from where they are expected to travel to Ethiopia.
Turkish Press
Climate Change
31 March 2014

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned. Scientists and officials meeting in Japan say the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world. Members of the UN's climate panel say it provides overwhelming evidence of the scale of these effects. Our health, homes, food and safety are all likely to be threatened by rising temperatures, the summary says.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

Q&A: the World Food Programme on inclusive business - video

In this video, Jay Aldous, director of private sector partnerships at the World Food Programme speaks about the importance of building a case for why inclusive business is not only good for development, but also makes business sense.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

Hatred festers as Muslims and Christians suffer in Central African Republic

Now Boda is the Central African Republic’s miniature Sarajevo, a once-wealthy town of diamond, gold and coffee traders, irrevocably marred by ethnic cleansing. Under the watchful eye of French peacekeepers, the Christians are trying to starve out the Muslims. Lorries carrying supplies from the Muslims of Bangui, who are also besieged, sometimes sneak through the anti-balaka checkpoints by tagging along behind convoys of French or African peacekeepers. An eagerly awaited shipment from the World Food Programme is expected today. But it’s not enough. Many of Boda’s Muslim children suffer from malnutrition.
Irish Times
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

$40 million needed each week to help Syrians

The delivery of humanitarian assistance, particularly to women, in crisis situations requires more innovative and cost effective tools and strategies, a UN official has said. Commenting on the Syrian humanitarian crises, Muhannad Hadi, WFP regional emergency coordinator for Syria and neighbouring countries, said: “The WFP moves around 40,000 metric tonnes of food each month to feed close to four million people across Syria. This is one of the WFP’s largest and most complex operations worldwide. We are grateful for the generous contributions that have enabled us to save lives. The WFP requires $40 million each week to assist affected people in Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries.”
Khaleej Times (UAE)
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

Here’s What UNICEF and WFP’s New Relief Operation in South Sudan Looks Like

This is an airdrop of food. The airdrop is part of a new humanitarian operation by UNICEF and the World Food Program that launched today in South Sudan. The operation aims to reach some of 250,000 people over the next month.
UN Dispatch
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

South Sudan war displaced in 'acute' need: UN

War-torn South Sudan is in a "spiralling humanitarian crisis", the UN warned Monday, as top aid chiefs visited the young nation, where more than a million people have fled months of conflict. "People are in acute need," UN World Food Programme (WFP) boss Ertharin Cousin said as she arrived for a two-day assessment. "Large-scale population displacement and disruption of markets and trade routes are creating a food security crisis," she said in a statement. WFP says it needs $224 million in South Sudan over the next six months, while UNHCR has called for more than $370 million to help refugees in neighbouring countries.
Z News/ AFP
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

Meet Ertharin Cousin: the woman who feeds the world

Ertharin Cousin often wakes up at night, haunted by things she’s seen. It’s part of her job, as the executive director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP), to travel to some of the poorest countries in the world, and one particular experience has stuck with her: seeing two children in Somalia, the age of her own grandchildren, who were so malnourished they couldn’t move. Born and raised in the Chicago ghetto, she now runs the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, with a $4.5 billion (£2.7 billion) annual budget (entirely from voluntary donations) and a staff of 13,000. Last year the WFP fed more than 97 million people. No wonder Forbes magazine named her one of the 50 most powerful women in 2013.
The Telegraph (UK)
Hunger in the news
28 March 2014

WFP Chief Calls for Humanitarian Intervention in CAR

The executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges the international community to address the disaster in the Central African Republic (CAR) where hundreds of thousands have fled violence and instability to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “It is a crisis situation,” says Ertharin Cousin of WFP, who recently returned from tours of the CAR and Cameroon. The WFP executive director says the influx of refugees is creating a regional crisis because of food shortages and lack of resources.
VOA News

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