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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
Hunger in the news
27 November 2013

With food still priority in typhoon-hit Philippines, UN boosts relief efforts

The United Nations is mustering planes, ferries and trucks to boost its relief efforts in the Philippines, with food still a priority almost three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ripped into the country, killing over 5,230 people and affecting more than 13 million others, nearly 3.5 million of them left homeless. Since 13 November, WFP has dispatched more than 4,000 metric tons of rice and 127 metric tons of high energy biscuits for distribution by partners. WFP is working closely with the Government, which has distributed more than 1.3 million family food packs containing WFP rice. Rice and High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) are being delivered by airlifts to remote island communities off the coast of Guiuan and Iloilo. Some of these hard-to-reach locations are receiving food assistance for the first time.
UN News Centre
Hunger in the news
26 November 2013

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, mounting piles of debt

Food and shelter are so much more expensive here than in Syria that even formerly middle class families, with substantial savings, are running out of funds. (..) More than 75 percent of the 260 Syrian refugee households surveyed by Oxfam carry debt.
Christian Science Monitor
Hunger in the news
26 November 2013

After The Storm: Commerce Returns To Damaged Philippines City

Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.
NPR
Hunger in the news
26 November 2013

Philippines Typhoon Aid Begins Transition to Long-Term Recovery

Two-and-a-half million individuals in need of food aid. And about 7,000 people confirmed dead or missing. That is the toll from the typhoon that hit the central Philippines November 8. The government and international agencies are activating the recovery and reconstruction process. (..) It took days to get aid moving at this pace. Philippine and international agencies predict the emergency tempo will need to continue for 18 months.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
25 November 2013

SA sends 1st batch of maize to crisis hit Lesotho

Lesotho, currently experiencing severe food shortages is reportedly set to receive the first consignment of maize from South Africa, which has responded with a R180m donation to the country’s appeal for aid. This follows an agreement reached with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to buy maize from South African smallholder farmers as part of a R180m South African humanitarian donation to Lesotho.
News24

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