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3 January 2014

Zimbabwe to import 150,000 tonnes maize from South Africa-report

Zimbabwe plans to import 150,000 tonnes of maize from its neighbour South Africa as it faces its worst food shortages in four years due to drought and a poor harvest last year, state media reported on Friday. The U.N. World Food Programme has since October been working with the government and international aid organisations to provide food assistance to about a fifth of Zimbabwe's 13 million people until the next crop harvest in March/April 2014.
Euro Investor / Reuters
Hunger in the news
3 January 2014

UN Convoy Crosses Conflict Line to Reach Vulnerable Children and Families With Emergency Supplies

Food is available, but prices have risen dramatically, putting some ordinary items out of the reach of families already struggling to get by. Six UN agencies - Unicef, WFP, UNHCR, IOM, OCHA, and UNDSS - contributed to the convoy which consisted of 10 trucks laden with supplies. Among these were two truck-loads of UNICEF supplies, including soap, washing powder, and family water kits.
Huffington Post
Hunger in the news
2 January 2014

South Sudan refugees 'living under trees'

Aid agencies have warned that tens of thousands of people forced out of their homes because of fighting in South Sudan are in desperate need of help. Many families have fled to a camp on the banks of the Nile in search of food and shelter.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
2 January 2014

Urgent UN appeal amid Central African Republic food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it urgently needs donations to feed the hungry in the Central African Republic (CAR). The WFP is aiming to deliver food aid to up to 1.25 million people over the next eight months. But the aid organisation warns that without more donations it will not have enough food to help everyone it wants to reach in January.
Euronews
Hunger in the news
30 December 2013

UN completes first Iraq-Syria aid airlift

The United Nations said Sunday that it has completed the first aid airlift from Iraq to Syria, providing much-needed supplies to a difficult-to-access region of the war-torn country. It was the last of a 24-flight airlift by UNHCR, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) and children's agency UNICEF, which started on December 15.
The Daily Star
Hunger in the news
30 December 2013

Historical food, interfaith dining and food wars

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, talks to William about their goals and stumbling blocks for 2014.
BBC Radio4
Hunger in the news
27 December 2013

Yusuf’s new song encourages donations for typhoon survivors

‘The storm is over, but the struggle to rebuild has just begun’. These are the words on the website of Sami Yusuf, the multi-million album selling singer who on Christmas released a new song dedicated to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in a campaign with the United Nations to encourage donations. (..) Available free on his official website, Hope Survives is Sami Yusuf’s gift to the millions affected by the typhoon and an invitation to his fans and the public to contribute to the cause through WFP.
Khaleej Times (UAE)
Hunger in the news
27 December 2013

Struggle to provide food aid in South Sudan

The World Food Program says providing aid to South Sudanese civilians is extremely challenging amid escalating violence. (..) But the WFP says the ongoing conflict has made it difficult to reach people sheltering in other areas where there are no UN bases.
SBS
Food For Assets
26 December 2013

Food for Training for Displaced Persons

On the 17th of December the second cohort of Food for Training came to an end in Neiva and the surrounding area. This program was led by the United Nations World Food Programme and in partnership with the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The beneficiaries total to approximately 2,000 people who have been displaced due to armed conflict.

 

 

Tu Semanario (Colombia)
Hunger in the news
23 December 2013

Bulgaria, Unready, Is Poor Host to Syrians

The camp in Harmanli is just one of the places the refugees are housed. (..) The number of Syrian refugees reaching Bulgaria is still tiny — around 6,500 so far this year — compared with more than two million who have sought shelter in Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.
The New York Times

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