A daily selection of news reports from the world's media dealing with hunger and responses to it.
Motivated, in part, by a desire to curb growing budget deficits, many countries are replacing broad subsidies with policies aimed more directly at the needy. But what form should the targeted aid take? A new paper* by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a think-tank, suggests that might have been a mistake. The authors analysed the results of an experiment conducted by the World Food Programme in Ecuador in 2011, which compared handouts of food, cash and vouchers—all conditional on attending nutrition classes..
In the last third of 2012, El Salvador suffered an extended period of drought which affected the principle area where basic grains are grown. One particular area was the southern region of the Sonsonate Department.
Authorities began the distribution of more than 168 million quintals of food in 10 thousand schools. From now, school meals are guaranteed to public and subsidized pre and primary schools.
Colombia's Ministry of Health and WFP lauched the program to prevent and reduce anemia in children under two-years-old. This important inititative will be piloted in the departments of Bolivar and La Guajira in the North of Colombia, a region with high levels of anemia within this age group and a signicative indigenous and afrocolombian population. The first lady of Colombia, María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos, participated in the event, as this program complements the strategy "From Zero to Forever" providing a comprehensive care strategy for Colombian children.