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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
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

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