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Hunger in the news
25 November 2013

Rice farmers race to get planting done in Philippines

The humanitarian crisis in the Philippines could be exacerbated if farmers are unable to plant their fields within the next few weeks, the World Food Program is warning. Elisabeth Rasmusson, assistant executive director with the global aid organization, said the current challenge is to get rice seeds to as many farmers as possible before the planting season is over. The Philippines is struggling to recover after a massive typhoon struck the island nation, ripping through cities and villages on several islands. The official death toll exceeds 5,200, the government said Friday.
The Globe and Mail
Hunger in the news
22 November 2013

World Food Program Responds To Philippine Disaster

“When I was there, of course, they're still saying they want food. The good part about it was we were giving them food. As of now, we've reached 2.66 million people.(..) They need the tools to help them rebuild their livelihoods.(..) The challenge is that Syria combined with this response is impacting other parts of the world - Somalia, Central African Republic, our programs in the Sahel. We are now beginning to face pipeline challenges because of lack of donor contributions because so much of it is being directed toward Syria and now Typhoon Haiyan response.”
NPR
Hunger in the news
22 November 2013

Food scheme may include pulses, oil in future: Ministry

The food ministry [India] hinted at adding these to the list of items to be sold through public distribution system (PDS) at highly subsidized rates. Addressing a conference that was attended by top functionaries of UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and food minister K V Thomas on Thursday, department secretary Sudhir Kumar said, "These items will be made available in PDS. Earlier, Thomas told the UNWFP delegation headed by its executive director Ertharin Cousin that the country had surplus production of wheat and other foodgrains and the government could successfully roll out the scheme across states. "By enacting a law to provide foodgrains at very subsidized rates, an earlier practiced welfare measure has now been made a right for people," the minister said.
The Times of India
Hunger in the news
21 November 2013

UN Extends Food Assistance to Syrian Armenians

The UN World Food Program (WFP) began this week providing assistance to 5,000 Syrian Armenians displaced from Syria who have sought protection in Armenia. The 6-month-assistance project is funded by the government of the Russian Federation. This WFP operation was put in place upon a request from the Ministry of Diaspora, responsible for the overall coordination of assistance to Syrian Armenians. “Syrian Armenians were once part of the thriving Armenian Diaspora in Syria. Many of them have lost their homes and livelihoods due to the conflict in Syria,” said WPF Head of Office in Armenia Maria Lukyanova.
Asbarez
Hunger in the news
21 November 2013

Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam

Desperate Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are slipping further into debt and poverty, affecting their children's education and their dignity, an international aid agency said Thursday.
Agence France Presse (AFP)
Hunger in the news
21 November 2013

Aid Groups Get Strong Response to Philippines Appeals

The United Nations relief agency has elicited a strong response so far to an emergency financing appeal for overcoming the Philippines typhoon disaster, receiving nearly half the amount requested in the week since the effort was begun, a humanitarian aid database reported in an update on Wednesday.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
20 November 2013

Tackle Hunger extended to include RWC 2015

The International Rugby Board and the United Nations World Food Programme have announced an extension to the successful Tackle Hunger partnership to deliver an unprecedented platform of activation and awareness to help tackle hunger worldwide in the run up to and throughout Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.(..) Greg Barrow, Director of WFP's London Office, speaking from the WFP exhibition stand at #IRBConfEx, added: “The level of interest and engagement from the global Rugby family is evident here judging from the conversations we've had with delegates and IRB Member Unions who understand WFP's critical role delivering food assistance. Our work with the IRB is helping to highlight the role that good nutrition plays in building the brains and bodies of the next generation.”
Rugby World Cup
Hunger in the news
20 November 2013

Philippine President Aquino vows to take care of his people, but many are skeptical

Ten days after Typhoon Haiyan, aid is flowing. Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the World Food Program, spent the weekend touring Tacloban and Cebu to make sure. (..) She described the devastation as profound. “I was at Katrina, I represented the United States during Haiti, and I can tell you this is one of the worst disaster zones I have ever been in,” she said. A week ago, she said, relief agencies couldn't get into Tacloban and had reached only 50,000 affected people. Today, aid has reached almost a million people.
PRI
Hunger in the news
20 November 2013

"What I've seen in Tacloban is incredible resilience of Philipino people" Cousin

Meeting with survivors in Tacloban on Sunday, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin acknowledged the strength of the local people, who are working shoulder-to-shoulder with WFP and other relief organizations to respond to the disaster. "What I've seen in Tacloban today is the incredible resilience of the Philipino people. These people are not asking for a handout, they're asking for a hand up to rebuild their lives," Cousin said, after helping to distribute High Energy Biscuits to children at a local high school that has been turned into an evacuation centre.
CIHAN
Hunger in the news
20 November 2013

Aid reaches storm-ravaged Somali region

The World Food Programme sent 340 tonnes of food, enough for 4,000 households for a month, while Puntland's government sent 32 trucks of supplies, the UN said on Monday.The local government in the semi-autonomous region said as many as 300 people were feared dead, while the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed 80 deaths so far.
Al Jazeera

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