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Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

Davos delegates called on to give and to help stamp out inequality

The number of malnourished people worldwide is estimated to be close to one billion – nearly a seventh of the global population. The WFP’s mission is to reduce that number to zero. That goal cannot be achieved without a huge increase in participation from the private sector – as the programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin explained to euronews. “That’s why it’s so important that we are here, that we are visible, that we have the opportunity to not just engage one-on-one with the private sector, but to get them into the discussion about what it will take, and how they can help, to achieve the goal of a zero hunger world,” she said.
Euronews
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

Over 10,000 South Sudanese flee into in Kenya: UN

More than 10,000 South Sudanese fleeing fighting in their country have crossed the border into Kenya since mid December last year, the UN humanitarian agency said Thursday. A report from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Eastern Africa noted that over 80,000 people have now crossed the border from South Sudan into Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan as at Jan. 20. "WFP supports approximately 450,000 refugees in Kenya and UNHCR projects that new arrivals from South Sudan may rise to 20,000 by March 31," OCHA said in its report published in Nairobi
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
23 January 2014

Central African Republic

Alexis Masciarelli, you work with the World Food Programme and you join us from the capital, Bangui. You have delivered food but now you are issuing a warning that deliveries are being stopped. “It’s all due to the ongoing violence around the country. We are still delivering food. (..) The problem is that we have trucks that are carrying our food blocked at the border between Cameroon and Central African Republic,” says Masciarelli.
NRK
Hunger in the news
23 January 2014

At Davos, push for clean energy as climate weapon

Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos are pushing for nations worldwide to shift to cleaner energy sources as the best way to contain global warming and re-energize the global economy. (..) U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, reflecting the top billing that climate change has in Davos this year, said the world economy is at risk unless a binding deal is agreed in Paris in 2015 to lower heat-trapping carbon emissions from coal and oil.
The Washington Post
Hunger in the news
23 January 2014

"Zero Hunger is everyone's business" says UN food agency

The message is being highlighted as the World Food Programme (WFP) opens its tenth year at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting which began in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. (..) Elizabeth Byrs is WFP spokesperson in Geneva. "Malnutrition, under-nutrition is not just a health issue, but an economic concern as well. That's why all countries, all global companies, major companies are involved in this challenge."
UN Radio
Hunger in the news
22 January 2014

New leader raises hopes of end to bloodshed in C. Africa

A day after Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of the capital Bangui, was elected interim president by the transitional parliament, residents said the city was unusually calm, apart from isolated acts of looting by gangs of youths. The UN World Food Programme warned it was running out of supplies for a growing number of homeless people, including about 100,000 Bangui residents who have fled to a sprawling tent city near the airport where foreign troops are based.
AFP/ Yahoo! News
Hunger in the news
21 January 2014

WFP: Emergency Food Running Out in CAR

The World Food Program warns it is running out of emergency food aid in Central African Republic. The U.N. agency says supply routes are blocked as fighting and insecurity worsen. WFP spokesperson Frances Kennedy says as the number of people in need has risen the amount of available food aid has declined.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
21 January 2014

UN says running out of food for CAR

The United Nations has said it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in Central African Republic, with spreading unrest hobbling distribution efforts. The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that 38 trucks carrying rice are stuck at the Cameroon border and drivers were refusing to cross the frontier due to the threat of attacks. "WFP cereal stocks are close to being exhausted and pulses too will soon run out," said a WFP statement.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
21 January 2014

Iran ready to help UN send aid to Syrian people

In a meeting with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi stressed Tehran’s attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis through diplomatic means and said Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid to Syrian people both inside and outside the country. Ertharin Cousin said in this meeting that the United Nations World Food Programme, irrespective of political issues, just aims to perform its principal duty to provide services for refugees and immigrants, particularly in crisis-stricken areas such as Syria.
Press TV
Hunger in the news
20 January 2014

In pictures: In Syria, delivering relief among the chaos is a tall order

Among the warring factions, human-rights violations, deaths, destruction, dislocation, and the needs of millions of refugees, Canadian Simon Hacker co-ordinates aid efforts for the World Food Programme. Here's some of what he has to navigate.
The Global and Mail

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