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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
Hunger in the news
20 November 2013

For Young Typhoon Survivors, Return of Play Is a Sign of Hope

At a typhoon refugee center on Samar Island in the Philippines, the traumatized children have slowly begun adjusting to their new normal. (..) But despite the signs of resilience, social workers and parents say the children are newly vulnerable — a reality the Philippines will need to deal with as it stumbles through a flawed relief effort that has failed to provide basics like food and medicine fast enough.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
20 November 2013

Doctors race to fight preventable tragedies in typhoon-hit Philippines

Many survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan sustained relatively minor injuries when the storm whipped up a frenzy of falling cement and flying sheets of corrugated metal, but these knicks and gashes are increasingly becoming infected - and life threatening - as doctors scramble to operate, heal and save lives. “It’s very important that these wounds are treated as soon as possible because if the infection is locked inside, it starts spreading and becomes septic and you can die from a very minor injury,” added von Schreeb, who had seen similar cases in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. (..)MSF, which warned the risk of skin disease, diarrhoea and tetanus are high in storm-hit areas, has set up and offered inpatient and outpatient services in Guiuan since Friday. It had conducted 60 minor surgeries for lacerations, broken bones and infected injuries, and provided more than 1,000 consultations in three days.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Hunger in the news
15 October 2013

Marathon Champ Says School Meals Changed His Life

Paul Tergat raced to victory in the 2003 Berlin Marathon. Then again he took first in the 2005 New York City Marathon. Tergat held the world record in the Marathon for years. He has won countless races including Cross Country titles and two Olympic Silver Medals.

How did he achieve all this? Training and hard work, yes. But something more than that. Tergat credits the school meals he received as a child growing up in Kenya. These were meals provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest organization fighting global hunger.

Huffington Post
Responding to Emergencies
26 September 2013

Cafetaleros reducirán mano de obra hasta 40%

Los bajos precios del café en el mercado internacional, las afectaciones provocadas por la plaga de la roya y los bajos rendimientos podrían reducir hasta en un 40% la utilización de cortadores en la cosecha cafetalera 2013-2014, señala un diagnóstico de la Fundación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua, Funica.

El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua)

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