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Hunger in the news
18 December 2013

UN says 210,000 displaced in CAR violence

The UN World Food Program said on Tuesday that it was resuming food delivery to about 40,000 people near the Bangui airport after the security situation forced the work to stop over the weekend. (..) The agency also warned that up to a quarter of the mineral-rich nation's 5.2 million population risks going hungry.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Miss Universe runner-up Chibana named Japan's 1st WFP ambassador

Kurara Chibana - a model who was the runner-up in the Miss Universe 2006 beauty pageant - was named Friday as the first Japanese ambassador for the World Food Program. (..) Elisabeth Rasmusson, assistant executive director of the Rome-based U.N. body, said at the ceremony she is glad that Chibana, who has supported the WFP, assumed the post of ambassador.
Kyodo News
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Quarter of Central African Republic's population risks hunger: WFP

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin told Reuters that security in the capital Bangui, which has seen a wave of killings and reprisals in the last two weeks, and in the rest of the country was still not guaranteed despite the presence of 1,600 French troops and an African peacekeeping force. This was making it difficult for humanitarian agencies to distribute food and other supplies to over half a million people who have fled their homes since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels took power in March, ousting President Francois Bozize.
Chicago Tribune
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

UN launches $6.5bn Syria appeal

The UN has launched its biggest ever appeal for humanitarian aid after exhausting funds raised to help Syria this year, and said nearly three-quarters of the country's population will need help in 2014.It estimates that close to half of Syria's population has been displaced, while the World Food Programme says a similar number need "urgent, life-saving food assistance".The former British foreign secretary David Miliband, now president of the International Rescue Committee, said large parts of the Syrian population were threatened by starvation.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Syria crisis: 'These families once had pretty good lives'

As the UN launches its biggest ever aid appeal, distribution centres in Syria are providing thousands of people with basic supplies. The World Food Programme's Matthew Hollingworth told the BBC the people seeking help "perhaps a year or two years ago would have been living a pretty good life."
BBC News
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Half of Syria's population has no food security

Half of Syria's population is "food insecure" and nearly a third needs urgent assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday, as it reported plans to step up aid. The report came as the International Rescue Committee also warned that Syrians were struggling to secure food as the price of bread has soared by 500 percent since the conflict erupted 33 months ago.
AFP
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

Syria's battle for bread

In a punishing war, bread is now a barometer of Syrians' suffering. Even their most basic food has become hard to find, even harder to afford. (..) A few streets away, at a crowded distribution site for the World Food programme, country director Matthew Hollingworth observes that "people are eating less, eating less often, and the quality of food is also less".
BBC News
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

U.N. Seeks $6.5 Billion for Syria Crisis in 2014

The United Nations appealed for $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors on Monday to help 16 million people next year, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a 33-month-old conflict that has no end in sight. (..)The U.N. World Food Programme aims to feed 4.25 million people in Syria, where it reached only 3.4 million in November. "This is the worst humanitarian crisis that we have seen in decades, with every day more vulnerable Syrians pushed into hunger," Muhannad Hadi, WFP's Syria Emergency Coordinator, said.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

U.N. starts first aid airlifts to Syria from Iraq as cold grips

The United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid by air to Syria from Iraq on Sunday and said it plans to deliver more food and winter supplies to the mainly Kurdish northeast in the next 12 days. "This wave of extreme cold led to deteriorating conditions for people in the city of Qamishli and other places in Syria," Iyad Nuaman, World Food Programme regional coordinator, told Reuters
Reuters
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

UN Utilizing Financial Inclusion Programs to Fight Rural Poverty

Ertharin Cousin of the World Food Program said that financial inclusion should not be seen as another aid program. “The goal is to create an opportunity where we begin a program that ultimately becomes a full agricultural value chain improvement that outlives WFP’s participation,” explained Cousin. With a population of more than 84 million people, and more than 80 percent of them living in rural areas, Ethiopia was chosen for a three-day work visit on financial inclusion by the three U.N. food agencies: the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
VOA News

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