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Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

WFP official says more food aid desperately needed to feed thousands in South Sudan

Speaking in Rome, Valerie Guarnieri, WFP's East and Central Africa Regional Director, said the organisation had begun providing food for displaced people within days of the outbreak of fighting. She estimated that the WFP has assisted at least 100-thousand people since mid-December.
The Telegraph (UK)
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

WFP chief praises His Highness the Amir''s hosting of 2nd Syria''s donors conf.

The World Food Program (WFP) Tuesday praised His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's hosting of the second donors conference, saying Kuwait was playing a leading humanitarian role. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, in an interview with KUNA, said she would be participating in the January 15 donors conference as the Syrian conflict was approaching its third year.
KUNA - Kuwait News Agency (Kuwait)
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

U.N. Feeds a Record 3.8 Million in Syria

WFP is gravely concerned about people who live in areas under siege,” U.N. spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said at a news conference in Geneva. (..) The WFP’s executive director Ertharin Cousin said last week the agency has scaled up its food assistance to reach 4.25 million people inside Syria.
Time Magazine
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

Syrian food crisis worsens as clashes continue

The WFP expressed concern at reports of malnutrition in areas where fighting between government forces and rebel groups has trapped civilians. The agency said children were especially vulnerable to starvation as the country’s three-year-old civil war drags on.
Al Jazeera English
Hunger in the news
14 January 2014

Meet Nigeria's first reality star

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde talks about sharing her life with millions of television viewers and her passion for activism, including for WFP.
CNN International
Hunger in the news
14 January 2014

U.N. feeds record 3.8 million in Syria but concerned by malnutrition

The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in Syria in December, but civilians in eastern provinces and besieged towns near the capital remain out of reach, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
13 January 2014

Up to 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Sudan: UNHCR

Up to 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Sudan since violent clashes erupted in their country last September, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Sunday. (..) "The UNHCR is coordinating with the (Sudanese) government, the WFP and other UN agencies to respond to the needs of these people should the figures be confirmed," Kai Nielsen, UNHCR Representative in Sudan told Xinhua Sunday.
Xinhua/ Global Times
Hunger in the news
13 January 2014

UN humanitarian official arrives in Syria amid aid meetings

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos arrived in Syria Saturday as a flurry of aid meetings are underway in the conflict-torn country. (..) A couple of days ago, the director of the World Food Program Ertharin Cousin also visited Syria and held talks with top officials, including Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.
Xinhua/ Global Times
Hunger in the news
10 January 2014

101 Organizations to Watch in 2014

All of these organizations are playing a vital part in creating a better food system and Food Tank is excited to highlight their stories of success, hope, and innovation in 2014. (..) WFP School Meal’s vision is to reduce hunger among schoolchildren so that hunger is not an obstacle to their development. WFP provides meals to around 22 million children in 60 countries, often in the hardest-to-reach areas.
Food Tank
Hunger in the news
10 January 2014

African leaders open crisis summit on Central African Republic

African leaders met in Chad on Thursday to discuss the future of Central African Republic (CAR). The summit was called by Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and will bring together the 10 countries that make up the Economic Community of Central African States. (..) Gregory Barrow of the World Food Programme comments.
RFI

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