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Hunger in the news
11 March 2014

Central African Republic: UN launches human rights probe

The United Nations has launched a human rights investigation into the violence in the Central African Republic. Inquiry head Bernard Acho Muna said he hoped the presence of investigators in CAR would help prevent genocide. The UN's World Food Programme says that about 1.3 million people - a quarter of the population - are in need of aid.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
11 March 2014

Northeast Syria faces food crisis, but access eases elsewhere: WFP

Three northeastern provinces of Syria face an "alarming" food crisis, although access to relieve the impact of civil war has improved somewhat elsewhere, a U.N. aid agency said on Monday. Days before the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said the hardest areas to reach were the northeastern provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hassaka. "We don't have total absolute numbers on deaths due to starvation. There are no massive indications of that. But there are certainly widespread (and) what I would call alarming nutritional indicators," Amir Abdulla, the U.N. agency's deputy executive director, told a news briefing in Geneva.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 March 2014

Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say. A poor rain season in Syria has already hit its 2014 wheat outlook in the main rain-fed areas in the north eastern parts of the country, which should be ready for harvest in June and July, Syrian agriculturalists say. Experts say that even if late heavy rain comes in March, this will not save the rain-fed cereal harvest, which farmers are already resigned to relegating to animal fodder.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 March 2014

'Serious funding shortfall in Syria,' says UN agency

The World Food Programme says it has a serious funding shortfall for its work in Syria. The UN agency says it needs to raise money to help more than four million people displaced within Syria, as well as almost three million refugees in neighbouring countries.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
10 March 2014

Women hold the key to a world with zero hunger

On International Women's Day we should remind ourselves that as both producers of food from the soil and providers of food to the family, women hold the key to nourishing the next generation. The Purchase for Progress pilot – which helps farmers to improve yields and connects them more closely to local markets - has helped to train some 200,000 women. In the words of WFP's executive director, Ertharin Cousin: "Giving women the power to make choices over their lives is one of the first steps towards a world with zero hunger."
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
10 March 2014

Honoring the work of women on International Women's Day

This Saturday March 8th is International Women’s Day—and, all over the world, there are innovative women inspiring us at Food Tank. Here are 23 women righting the wrongs of hunger and poverty that Food Tank is celebrating this International Women’s Day. Ertharin Cousin—Cousin is the Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme. She leads the organization with more than 25 years of experience combating hunger and food issues worldwide.
Christian Science Monitor
Hunger in the news
4 March 2014

Global Diets Get More Similar in Threat to Food Security: Study

Increasing similarity in diets worldwide is a threat to health and food security with many people forsaking traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum or millet, an international study showed on Monday. The report, which said it detailed for the first time the convergence in crops towards a universal diet in more than 150 nations since the 1960s, showed rises for foods including wheat, rice, soybeans and sunflower.
The New York Times/ Reuters
Hunger in the news
4 March 2014

World Food Programme: Giving generously

To help minimise the costs of future famines the World Food Programme (WFP) was founded by the United Nations in 1961, as a multilateral institution designed to co-ordinate the distribution of food aid to needy places around the world. Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90m people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than famine.
The Economist
Hunger in the news
4 March 2014

Not just beneficiaries: Make the poor partners in fighting hunger

For a senior official at the U.N. World Food Program, we can by making them active agents in their own progress. That way, they will not only “own” the development programs targeted at them, but also make food security an issue for the government in countries like the Philippines — not just international aid groups and NGOs.“One take away from me is how do we get the point out, making people care about the issue and making it less technical and academic,” Praveen Agrawal, WFP country director in Manila, said during a discussion titled the #HungerProject Forum held on Monday.
Devex
Hunger in the news
4 March 2014

20,000 believed displaced after unrest in Sudan's Darfur

About 20,000 people have been displaced by fresh unrest in Sudan's Darfur region, the UN's World Food Programme said on Monday. "There's an estimated 20,000 new arrivals, most of whom are women and children," Amor Almagro, the WFP's public information officer, told AFP.
AFP/ GlobalPost

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