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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
Hunger in the news
6 December 2013

FAO warns of new risk of food insecurity in Sahel

World cereal production will reach a new high of almost 2,500 million tonnes, including rice in milled terms, according to new FAO estimates. The figure is almost 8.4 percent more than last year and some 6 percent above the previous record in 2011, according to the latest issue of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report. While global cereal production is expected to increase, FAO warned that food security conditions in several parts of Africa and elsewhere are deteriorating.
Reuters/ Alertnet
Hunger in the news
6 December 2013

UN: Poverty Reduction Slowing in Latin America

The United Nations says a weaker economic performance and rising food costs are slowing poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. The annual report from the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, or ECLAC, says 164 million people, or 28 percent of the region's population, are still considered poor, with 68 million living in extreme poverty. That is nearly unchanged from last year.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
6 December 2013

UN resolution targets strife in Central African Republic

The UN Security Council resolution, which was approved on Thursday (05.12.2013), is aimed at restoring security and protecting civilians in the Central African Republic. Most aid organizations have pulled out of the region, because they fear for the safety of their staff. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the violence and many have been living in the bush for weeks. The World Food Program warned recently that more than a million people in CAR are not getting enough to eat. That is a quarter of the country's population.
Deutsche Welle
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

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