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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
Hunger in the news
7 January 2014

Jordan to Renew Appeal on Syrian Refugees

The ambassador to the United Nations from Jordan, the nation thrust into the rotating presidency of a polarized Security Council, said Monday that he would renew his appeal to the 15-member governing body to visit countries that shelter millions of Syrian refugees, including his own, which hosts more than 500,000 Syrians.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
7 January 2014

UN: Half of Central African Republic Needs Aid

U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council Monday that about 2.2 million people throughout Central African Republic need assistance, about half the total population.
ABC News
Hunger in the news
7 January 2014

Nearly a million flee violence in Central African Republic

As the violence in the Central African Republic reaches unprecedented levels, aid organizations say the number of internally displaced people edges toward a million, further hampering humanitarian relief efforts. "This is the largest evacuation effort we have seen since the war in Libya in 2011," said Dr. Qasim Sufi, the IOM chief of mission who's in charge of receiving Chadians arriving from the CAR. (..)The UNHCR estimates that this mission could cost $152.2 million.
CNN International
Hunger in the news
6 January 2014

WFP to remain in Philippines

As relief and rehabilitation works go full steam in the provinces battered by killer typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan), the World Food Programme (WFP) on Sunday announced that it will still remain in the affected communities to aid displaced families. “Emergency food assistance remains a top priority. Protecting children from malnutrition is crucial in the weeks and months ahead and WFP will remain alongside families through the early recover process,” said WFP Philippines country director Praveen Agrawal.
CNN iReport
Hunger in the news
6 January 2014

World’s Hungry Watch U.S. Farm Bill

The agricultural plan, which governs farm subsidies, nutritional aid to poor families and payments to crop-insurance companies “is a world farm bill,” said Ertharin Cousin, the Chicago native who heads the Rome-based agency, in an interview in the WFP’s Washington office. “What the U.S. does affects everyone, not just those who can buy food but for those who depend on the U.S.” to feed them.
Bloomberg News
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

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