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Hunger in the news
3 December 2013

Philippine rice self-sufficiency plan blown off-course by typhoons

Philippine rice output is likely to grow 4 percent annually over the next three years, falling short of the rate needed to reach self-sufficiency in the grain due to a "new normal" of stronger typhoons, a senior farm official said on Monday. The Southeast Asian country may need to import as much as 2 million tonnes of rice in 2014, its largest intake in four years, as it failed to meet growth targets because of two strong typhoons this year, according to traders and farming experts.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
3 December 2013

Road to recovery in Philippines must be built for sustainable human development – UN

Just four weeks after super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners, with the Government’s guidance, are making significant strides in helping the country recover and build back sustainably, a UN development official said today. “The way forward for the UN team in the Philippines is to continue working with partners and the Government to build back stronger, making communities more resilient and sustainable,” said Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
UN News Centre
Hunger in the news
2 December 2013

Proper food and good nutrition can keep people living with HIV health: WFP

Proper food and good nutrition can keep people living with HIV healthy and improve the effectiveness of their treatment, Executive Director of the World Food programme Ertharin Cousin said in a message marking World AIDS Day, observed Sunday 1 December. She said on World AIDS this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to play a role in the tremendous progress made in the battle against HIV/AIDS in recent years.
UN Radio
Hunger in the news
2 December 2013

More foreign aid eyed for post-typhoon rehab

The government intends to seek more foreign grants and aid for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of towns and cities devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda. It is scheduling before the end of the year a donor pledging session where multilateral agencies like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and foreign governments would be invited, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. “This will allow us to get more loans and grants,” he said. The UN World Food Program delivered 18 mobile storage units last week to Tacloban to increase warehouse space for relief goods.
ABS-CBN News
Hunger in the news
2 December 2013

Joint appeal on Kenya refugee resourcing

The situation in Somalia has improved, and while it is still early, already some are making the decision to venture back. (..) But the fact remains that half a million refugees are currently living in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya, and they continue to require the same things they needed two years ago: shelter, food, water and safety. (..) Facing a shortage of funding, on November 1, WFP was forced to reduce food rations for refugees in Kenya by 20 percent. If these cuts must be long-lasting or expanded, it could slow or even reverse the refugees' recovery, and endanger their health all over again.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
29 November 2013

Syria war 'damaging a generation of children', UN warns

Launching the report, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said: "If we do not act quickly, a generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war." The study is the latest to attempt to illustrate the heavy toll of Syria's three-year-old civil conflict on children both inside and outside its borders.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
29 November 2013

Roundup: Syria needs more aid amid growing poverty

More than 5.6 million people inside Syria need assistance, an official at the World Food Program (WFP) said, warning that more Syrians are inching closer to the poverty line as the civil conflict gripping the country continues. The representative and director of the WFP in Syria, Matthew Hollingorth, said in an interview issued on Thursday in the Tishrin newspaper that the number of poor exceeds the organization's capacity, which currently serves 5.5 million displaced people inside and outside Syria.
Global Post/ Xinhua
Hunger in the news
28 November 2013

Severe Weather, Climate Exacerbate Global Hunger Crisis

With the holiday season upon the United States, food donations are garnering more attention. But for the 49 million Americans who lived without enough food in 2012, hunger is not just a seasonal struggle. It is also compounded by economic downturns, natural disasters and complex climates. (..)"It's a very complex problem," Richard Choularton, Chief of Program Innovations Service for the WFP, said. "A lot has to do with the distribution of food. At the moment, we have enough food in the world to feed everybody, but not everybody has access to it. Either they're too poor to afford it or the markets aren't developed well enough to get it to them."
AccuWeather
Hunger in the news
28 November 2013

Debit Cards and Food Security: Sustainable Solutions to Lebanon’s Massive Refugee Crisis

Food assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon has evolved since the start of the refugee influx. What started out as parcels full of essentials like wheat, sugar, oil and other basic food stuffs, morphed into coupons that can be redeemed for the refugees’ choice of items at designated shops and finally, became a blue debit card that refills every month and has already been given to 150,000 Syrians residing in Lebanon. The e-card has many benefits. (..) The best part is, the WFP wholeheartedly follows up on this, to make sure everything is ok. (..) Today, Kevork and Yasmine took their time and a lot of patience to gather as much information as possible for their comprehensive questionnaires to try to piece together what the refugees were eating, whether or not its healthy, balanced, fair-priced, easily accessible and stable, and how well the e-card system is running and if the specified shops are sticking to the guidelines.
Gino's Blog
Hunger in the news
28 November 2013

‘Business as Usual, Without Our Roof’: Rebuilding After Haiyan

Increasingly, the aid community is finding ways to harness the power of local markets to feed, clothe and house a desperate community. “It’s about following the market,” says Puspa Indra, 35, a regional adviser for Oxfam International’s Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods team. (..) With the U.N. tracking $134 million in global aid for the Philippines and busily working toward a fundraising target of $348 million, this great wave of money could lift or crush local markets, depending on where it is spent.
Time Magazine

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