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Hunger in the news
6 April 2009

Palestine to benefit from UN World Food Programme

United Nations has announced a year long food voucher scheme for around 30,000 Palestinians through their World Food Programme (WFP). Under the programme, developed together with the Palestinian Authority, families will receive eight vouchers per month, with a monthly value of $50, which they can use to buy items such as bread, eggs and milk. WFP Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories Christine van Nieuwenhuyse said "The recent fall in global food prices has not yet translated into lower prices in local markets". "Palestinian families are now spending about 60 per cent of their income on food," she stated, adding that the new project would improve people's access to food, while also providing a financial stimulus to the local economy.
Commodity Online
Hunger in the news
6 April 2009

Drought pushes 2m towards hunger: WFP

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Sunday said that the winter drought [in Nepal], which will cause crop losses between 30 to 70 percent will push 2 million people towards hunger. "This worrying outlook for the crop situation in the Hill and Mountain zones will have the most serious implication on household with low food stock," said WFP in its emergency alert bulletin.
eKantipur
Hunger in the news
6 April 2009

Celebrities snap their morning moments

[...] Jamelia, 28, singer and United Nations activist, lives with her husband, footballer Darren Byfield, and daughters Teja, eight, and Tiani, three, in Birmingham: "This morning wasn’t usual at all – I’m in Nairobi, Kenya, working on a campaign with the United Nations World Food Programme. I arrived early at a school in the Kibera slums, where we are launching the Really Good School Dinner Campaign. It’s a programme for which British children donate 10p from their lunch money to give children here a proper meal at school. I was overwhelmed by how happy the children were in spite of their situation."
Daily Mail (UK)
Hunger in the news
6 April 2009

Two foreign aid workers kidnapped in Darfur

Picture: AFP Displaced Sudanese people queuing up to receive aid during a distribution by WFP at the Kasab camp near Kutum in northern Darfur] Two foreign workers for Aide Medicale Internationale were kidnapped at gunpoint in Sudan's Darfur region overnight, the French medical aid group said on Sunday. The second kidnapping of Western humanitarian workers in Darfur in less than a month has raised fears for the safety of foreigners in Sudan's violent west.
Welt Online
Hunger in the news
6 April 2009

US donates rice for cyclone-struck Myanmar delta

The United States donated 16,000 tons of rice to cyclone victims in Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta where a humanitarian crisis persists nearly a year after the disaster, the U.S. Embassy in Yangon said Friday. [...] The donation "illustrates how U.S. assistance can help respond to the humanitarian crisis which is far from over for many people in the hardest hit areas of the Irrawaddy Delta," Larry Dinger, U.S. charge d'affaires in Yangon, said in a statement. Dinger traveled to the delta with the U.N.'s World Food Program on Wednesday. [...] WFP spokesman Paul Risley said the U.S. donation was crucial because the region's rice farmers were still struggling to replant their flooded fields. About 2 million acres (800,000 hectares) of rice paddy were submerged by massive waves and 85 percent of seed stocks was destroyed.
Forbes / AP
Hunger in the news
6 April 2009

WFP's Suman Kishmat: Skills for a better future

Julekha, 36, can build a more secure life for her family now that she has raised her house out of the reach of floodwaters. She learned how to do this through an "emergency resiliency" course run by the government and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Toronto Star Online
Hunger in the news
5 April 2009

N.Koreans go hungry

As North Korea defied the world with a controversial rocket launch, UN officials say millions of people in the impoverished nation are going hungry due to a severe food crisis. Following successive poor harvests, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) expects up to 40% of North Korea’s population -an estimated 8.7mn people-will urgently need food aid in the coming months. “We hope the international community will continue to remember the food crisis in the DPRK (North Korea). The humanitarian needs should not be overlooked by other events,” the WFP’s Beijing-based spokeswoman Lena Savelli said ahead of yesterday’s rocket launch.
Straits Times / AFP
Hunger in the news
5 April 2009

North Korea Launches Long-Range Missile

[...] KING: Some breaking news this morning: North Korea launches a long-range rocket. The rocket failed to reach orbit, instead landing in the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. That's according to U.S. and Canadian aerospace defense officials. Joining us now is Ambassador Wendy Sherman. She was President Clinton's North Korean - Korea policy coordinator, and she participated -- quite rare -- in direct talks with Kim Jong-Il, the reclusive president of North Korea. [...] KING: And because of [the level of global opposition to this launch], when you talk about potential sanctions, one of the few things that gets in is emergency food aid, from time to time. But you hear from all the governments and nongovernmental organizations that they believe a lot of that food goes to the president and to the military and not the starving people of North Korea, right? SHERMAN: Well, in fact, the North Koreans have decided they don't want the World Food Program's aid because of complicated negotiations about the terms for that aid. That's terrible for the North Korean people. There's probably an entire generation with stunted growth, stunted mental capability. And so, as the day comes that there is reconciliation with the South, it is going to be a big lift for that economy to help North Korea. KING: The six-party talks are the platform for the diplomacy. The United States is a key partner there, as well as Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
CNN
Hunger in the news
5 April 2009

North Korean Rocket Launch Spurs Diplomatic Frenzy

North Korea’s launch of a rocket on April 5 defied several United Nations Security Council resolutions and puts pressure on the international community to crack down on what the U.S. and its allies see as Pyongyang’s attempt to build a nuclear bomb. But how do you punish a country that’s willing to starve its own people so that it can buy tanks, missiles and nuclear technology? [...] Malnutrition afflicts a huge swathe of the population. The U.N. mobilizes a massive international aid effort that feeds millions of North Koreans who are on the verge of starvation. U.N. programs delivered more than $1.7 billion worth of food to about a third of the population between 1995 and 2005. In the coming year, more than a third of North Korea’s 23 million people are expected to need food aid from other countries, the United Nations World Food Program said in a report last December.
Business Week
Hunger in the news
5 April 2009

Pregnant (Again) and Poor

For all the American and international efforts to fight global poverty, one thing is clear: Those efforts won’t get far as long as women like Nahomie Nercure continue to have 10 children. [...] As we walked through Cité Soleil, the Haitian slum where she lives, her elementary-school-age children ran stark naked around her. The $6-a-month rental shack that they live in — four sleep on the bed, six on the floor beside it — has no food of any kind in it. The family has difficulty paying the fees to keep the children in school. There’s simply no way to elevate Nahomie’s family, and millions like it around the world, unless we help such women have fewer children.
New York Times

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