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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
Hunger in the news
10 January 2014

WFP delivers food aid to displaced people at Bangui airport

The UN World Food Programme in West Africa says the "entire humanitarian community" is working together to deliver aid to displaced persons in the Central African Republic, who have sought refuge at Bangui international airport. (..)"It is ongoing and we absolutely need to reach all people at that (Bangui) airport. At the same time, our distributions to the entire displaced community in Bangui continue, to all groups of people who are in need of assistance." Denise Brown, regional director of WFP West Africa, said.
CCTV News
Hunger in the news
10 January 2014

Central African Republic crisis: 'Like Darfur, plus anarchy'

At the airport, the United Nations World Food Programme was finally able to pass out food for the first time in four weeks.
NBC News
Hunger in the news
9 January 2014

Aid Workers Get Food to Airport Camp in Central African Republic

Aid workers in the Central African Republic finally delivered supplies on Tuesday to more than 100,000 people who have sought refuge at the airport outside the capital to escape religious violence that has gripped the country. (..) The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) gave mosquito nets, mattresses, blankets and soap while the U.N. World Food Programme gave rice, oil, sugar.
The New York Times / Reuters
Hunger in the news
9 January 2014

World Food Programme faces “highly unusual” quadruple food emergency

The World Food Program is based in Rome. Its executive director is Ertharin Cousin, an American with many years of experience in food issues in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors. “When we created this category of level three emergencies, which the U.N. and the nonprofit community work together globally to ensure that we meet the needs of those who are impacted by the most serious emergencies, we all said, what would we do if we had three of them? And now we have four,” said Cousin.
PBS NewsHour
Hunger in the news
7 January 2014

DSWD, WFP distribute cash to 'Yolanda' survivors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday distributed cash assistance to over 2,000 "Yolanda" survivors in Tanauan, Leyte. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and WFP country director Praveen Agrawal led the distribution of emergency cash grants to those who were affected by the massive typhoon, which struck central Philippines last November 8.
ABS-CBN News

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