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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
Hunger in the news
28 November 2013

UN warns of food shortages in Philippines

Filipino farmers face imminent financial hardship in the wake of super Typhoon Haiyan without further aid, the UN has warned. Dominique Burgeon, who directs emergency food relief for the UN, said that a lack of aid for farmers could force them to rely on humanitarian food assistance well into next spring. "The urgency of timing can't be overstated," Burgeon said.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
27 November 2013

Africa’s Appetite for Rice Surges Beyond Capacity of Growers

A few decades ago, rice was a luxury for rural Africa, a dish reserved for the big occasions like Christmas. The grain is now one of the most consumed staples south of the Sahara and experts predict surging urbanization will drive more demand for the cereal as consumer tastes increasingly tilt towards easy-to-cook convenience foods. (..)Experts warn that the heavy reliance on imports is risky and untenable as current economic forecasts predict rising prices in a volatile market and dwindling global stocks over the coming decade.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
27 November 2013

2,000 families receive rice

The 2,000 families from the village of Talon-Talon, east of Zamboanga City [Philippines], who participated in the "work for food" program of the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) received Tuesday their rice payout. Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who led the distribution of rice as payout, said each of the family received one sack of rice for a week's work. (..) Salazar said the "work for food" program is aimed to help families displaced by the 20-day standoff get temporary livelihood as rehabilitation efforts are underway.
Sun Star
Hunger in the news
27 November 2013

Philippines typhoon: U.S. aid efforts begin focusing on recovery

Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines, food, clean water, plastic sheeting and other life-saving supplies are being pushed out to affected communities, and humanitarian workers are beginning to shift their focus to recovery efforts. But survivors in hard-hit Tacloban city and other areas are worried that relief goods might run out before they get back on their feet. Nancy Lindborg, the assistant administrator for humanitarian assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, visited some of the worst-hit areas. (..) We really focused on, first and foremost, getting the logistical foundation in place for a full-on response. That’s the air bridge that the Marines did, the funding that we provided to the World Food Program, so that they could get their air bridge and the barges and the ferries operational.
Los Angeles Times

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