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Hunger in the news
6 December 2013

Britain, WFP bail out million of Malawians from hunger

The United Kingdom has contributed US$22 million (K8.4 billion) to the United Nations World Food Programme to assist Malawian families who are unable to meet their basic food needs. The contribution will enable WFP to provide food assistance to some 910 000 people for several months of the ‘lean season’ between now and March when the next harvest is due according to a press statement from UKaid and WFP dated December 6 2013. “This contribution from the UK will enable us to provide both food and cash transfers,” says WFP Country Director Coco Ushiyama.
Nyasa Times
Aid professionals
5 December 2013

World Food Prices Little Changed in November, Oils Jump, UN Says

World food prices were little changed in November as falling prices for grain and sugar partially compensated for a jump in the cost of cooking oils, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said.

Bloomberg News
Hunger in the news
5 December 2013

Donations for typhoon survivors continue

Nearly one month after Super Typhoon Yolanda, generous donations and support for typhoon victims have still not ceased. (..)The National Food Authority (NFA), for its part, issued 713,307 bags of rice to agencies conducting relief operations for victims of calamities across the country. Most of the rice stocks, or 597,707 bags, were given to Yolanda victims and were coursed through the DSWD, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine Red Cross, local government units, the World Food Program, and private charitable institutions.
The Philippine Star
Hunger in the news
5 December 2013

An Interview With Raj Shah Of USAID On Typhoon Haiyan

The most urgent needs are food aid, temporary shelter, clean water and improved hygiene. In support of the Government of the Philippines response effort, these needs are being met with the help of international and local aid organizations. In addition, The Philippines government, working with USAID partner WFP, has provided 2.5 million food parcels to those in need. These food parcels include rice that was purchased locally by WFP with funding from USAID.

Forbes
Hunger in the news
4 December 2013

UN says widespread food aid cutbacks loom in Congo, affecting hundreds of thousands

Food aid is being cut back in Congo due to lack of funding that could affect hundreds of thousands of hungry people, the World Food Program said Tuesday. Because of a lack of contributions to help feed the country, the WFP "is being forced to start a significant down-scale of activities in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Equateur, Kasai and Orientale," said agency spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs, adding that cutbacks will affect school children, refugees and people in Food-for-Work programs.
Fox News
Hunger in the news
4 December 2013

Syrian refugees face another harsh winter in camp

Aid workers said they have a better winter plan this year. Cranes are lifting trailers into place and tents are being packed away as international aid workers rush to winterize a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan — trying to avoid a repeat of last year when three days of torrential rain turned the massive site into a muddy swamp.
The Washington Post
Hunger in the news
4 December 2013

Syria Crisis Is Worsening, U.N. Relief Official Says

Speaking to reporters after a closed briefing for Security Council diplomats, the official — Valerie Amos, the under secretary general and emergency relief coordinator — said that the Syrian authorities had been permitting aid convoys from Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, but had refused to allow any from Turkey, which the Syrian government has accused of abetting the insurgency.
The New York Times
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

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