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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
Hunger in the news
25 November 2013

Syria Seen as Most Dire Refugee Crisis in a Generation

The United Nations has asked for more than $5 billion in humanitarian aid this year for Syria, its biggest financial appeal ever for a single crisis. (..) The cost is greater, but the Syrians prefer the freedom of preparing their own meals. The practice also injects money into the host communities — $160 million from the World Food Program has trickled into local stores in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt so far this year.
The New York Times
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)

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