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Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

U.N. changes tack to slow worsening hunger, poverty in Sahel

The United Nations is changing tack in its efforts to tackle the worsening hunger and poverty in Africa’s arid and insecure Sahel belt by bridging the gap between its humanitarian and development sectors, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday. (..) In an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation, Robert Piper, the U.N.’s Sahel humanitarian coordinator, was critical of the United Nations for failing to link the work of the short-term “humanitarian” and long-term “development” sectors to provide coherent planning for areas like the Sahel.
Reuters Alertnet
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Deaths in Philippines Top 6,000

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that temporary bunkhouses and emergency shelters were being constructed and residents given cash in exchange for work, including repacking and hauling relief goods.
The New York Times / AP
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Humanitarian crisis looms in CAR capital

Aid workers say only a fraction of Bangui's estimated 800,000 residents remained in the city, with many of the homeless taking shelter near a French military base and in other areas considered more safe, according to the AFP news agency. The focus is shifting to conditions in the makeshift camps, with humanitarian workers raising fears of cholera and other diseases spreading.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Winter Storm 'Alexa' Chills the Middle East

The World Food Programme said it was distributing 10,000 liters of fuel for cooking and heating to internally displaced families living in 10 shelters in Damascus. WFP Syria Director Matthew Hollingworth said many Syrians had fled without enough warm clothes or blankets. "Syria is always quite cold in winter but it is quite different when you face a fierce winter in a shelter with very limited resources rather than in the comfort of your own home," he said.
The New York Times / Reuters
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Delegates highlight rural poor financial inclusion service access

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and UN agencies- WFP, FAO and IFAD – senior officials paid a two-day visit in Ethiopia aimed at supporting efforts to make financial services more accessible, help improve the lives of the rural poor, among others. In a press briefing held at Sheraton Addis Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin also said that they visited jointly implemented projects run by UN agencies to improve food security and income generation activities of smallholder farmers in Hawassa.
The Ethiopian Herald
Hunger in the news
12 December 2013

16 million risk hunger in Sahel despite good harvest

Around 16 million people are at risk of going hungry across Africa's Sahel belt next year due to conflicts and rapid population growth, even though the region expects good harvests and rainfall, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. Violence in northern Nigeria, northern Mali and the Central African Republic combined with high fertility rates have fueled food shortages and high food prices across the savannah region. In Niger alone, the fertility rate is 7.6 children per mother.
Reuters/ Alertnet
Hunger in the news
12 December 2013

UN agencies race to offer aid amid high tensions in CAR capital

UN agencies are racing to offer assistance to civilians and refugees of the Central African Republic (CAR) as incessant looting and riots have stirred fears that the battered country is inching toward the verge of collapse, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.(..) The World Food Programme (WFP) also joined the relief action, saying it is providing food assistance to people displaced in Bangui and Bossangoa, to the north of Bangui.
Xinhua News
Hunger in the news
12 December 2013

U.N. plans first aid airlift to Syria from Iraq as winter grips

The United Nations' first relief airlift to Syria from Iraq will deliver food and winter supplies to the mostly Kurdish northeast over the next 10 days with the permission of both governments, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP), later said that it also planned 10 rotations over the next 10 days in an operation aimed at feeding more than 30,000 people for a month. Its first flight would carry 40 metric tonnes of food, including wheat flour, pasta, oil, sugar, salt, rice, canned beans and bulgur wheat, she said.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 December 2013

The Syrian children of the Kilis refugee camp: ‘We tell them not to worry, it’s far away, but they get scared’

Syrian state television says the country's local and international telephone lines as well as the internet are down because of technical problems. Meanwhile the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW has said that the removal of chemical weapons from Syria may be delayed slightly due to the difficulties of operating during a civil war.
The Independent
Hunger in the news
10 December 2013

World Food Program extends aid to Capiceños

About 16,900 Capiceño families will receive packs of 15 kilograms of rice donated by the World Food Program (WFP) in view of supertyphoon Yolanda’s devastation in the province. WFP is among the various international organizations and United Nations agencies who helped Capiceños and other typhoon victims in the Visayas region in the emergency and response as well as in the ongoing early recovery and reconstruction stage.
Philippine Information Agency

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