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Hunger in the news
22 February 2009

UN to continue food aid program in Mindanao

The United Nations will continue its food aid program in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said in its report. The UN food program benefited a total of 1,611,980 affected individuals in 2007 and has helped boost the peace process in Mindanao. “Currently, WFP has extended its support in Mindanao through the program on Immediate Support to Conflict-Affected Population in partnership with the Philippine government,” announced Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Avelino Razon Jr. who received the copy of the recently released WFP report yesterday. [...] Razon thanked the WFP for prioritizing conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, adding their move would help alleviate the plight of poor and marginalized people in Central Mindanao.
The Philippine Star
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

India faces crisis as boom fails rural poor

High economic growth rates have failed to improve food security in India leaving the country facing a crisis in its rural economy, the UN World Food Programme warned yesterday. India has grown at about 9 per cent annually over the past three years, making it the second fastest growing economy in the world. Yet researchers behind the WFP's latest report on State of Food Insecurity in Rural India said rural unemployment was growing and had worsened over a decade celebrated for rising prosperity.
Financial Times
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

Kenya, Turkey sign raft of protocols to boost bilateral trade

Kenya and Turkey have signed a raft of protocols aimed at increasing cooperation and bilateral trade between the two countries. The protocols also will address the trade imbalance between the two countries that is in favor of Turkey and whose volume currently stands at 250 million U.S. dollars. [...] Noting that Kenya's position in the region was pivotal, President Gul observed that other than being a hub and an entry point to the region, the country hosted the biggest UN office outside New York. The Turkish leader announced a donation of one million dollars through the World Food Programme towards Kenya's famine relief efforts.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

Mugabe's new crisis: no cash for birthday

ZIMBABWE'S president, Robert Mugabe, turns 85 today – but nobody wants to pay for his party. So far, fundraisers have been unable to raise the £17,500 needed to stage a party in the central town of Chinhoyi next week. [...] Mr Mugabe and his family have got used to lavish presidential birthday parties while the rest of the nation starves, stoking tension in this once-prosperous country. This year Zimbabweans are so hungry – and so angry – that seven petty thieves have been beaten to death in the last few weeks for robbing neighbours' vegetable gardens and farm plots, according to the official Herald newspaper. Seven million Zimbabweans need food aid this month, according to the UN's World Food Programme.
The Scotsman
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

UNWFP report says most of rural India malnourished

The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) says that most rural Indians are victims of malnutrition, despite the introduction of several government schemes to end the problem. A UNWFP with MS Swaminathan Research Foundation report released here said that 40 per cent of children under the age of three are underweight and a third of all men and women suffer from chronic energy deficiency.
NewsTrackIndia / ANI
Hunger in the news
20 February 2009

Experts working on problem of iodine deficiency disorders

Jaipur - World experts in salt and iodine deficiencies are working for protecting the 38 million children born at risk of iodine deficiency disorders and making efforts to ensure salt is iodised. The two-day meet of Network for Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency (IODINE NETWORK) began here yesterday to address deficiencies that continue to have devastating effects on children around the world, a Network spokesman said. [...] Iodine Network members at the meeting include representatives from UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), the Global Alliance on Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Salt Institute, EU Salt, China National Salt Industry Corporation, the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
WebIndia123 / UNI
Hunger in the news
20 February 2009

The food critique

At a recent meeting on food security in Madrid, Jacques Diouf, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, said that there are “almost one billion who are hungry, out of the 6.5 billion who make up the world population”. At the same meet, Josette Sheeran, World Food Programme’s Executive Director, said the bill for feeding the hungry in 2009 would be somewhere near $5.2 billion. No doubt, the times are tough. Especially for India, considering that the country was ranked 66th in a list of 88 ‘developing countries and countries in transition’ in the 2008 Global Hunger Index.
Hindustan Times
Hunger in the news
20 February 2009

Nigeria: The Poor Have a Right to Healthy Food - Ruma

The 32nd Session of the Governing Council kicked off yesterday in Rome, with Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Sayyadi Abba Ruma, delivering the opening address. [...] He cautioned that the race to address rural poverty especially in this time and clime of global food and financial crises, the interest of the people in developing nations should be taken into consideration. He was referring particularly to the issues of genetically modified crops. [...] He said the enthusism shown by corporate bodies promoting the acceptance of these products ignores the fact that there is still so much uncertainty surrounding the safety of the modified crops. Ruma therefore advised the Rome-based trio of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD and the World Food Programme, WFP, to look closely at these issues, make statements and advise countries further on the risks and/or benefits of these modified crops.
All Africa / Leadership
Hunger in the news
20 February 2009

WFP: New Strategy to Fight Hunger in Uganda

The UN World Food Program (WFP) in Uganda has expanded its operation from not only providing emergency relief, but supporting mechanisms to fight hunger, the agency's top official in Kampala said on Thursday. Stanlake Samkange, WFP Country Representative, told reporters that the five-year country strategy has already been agreed on with the government and donors, and is now awaiting approval from the agency's board in June this year. He said the strategy which is expected to start in July this year is aligned to the country's new development plan aimed at fighting poverty. The major components of the strategy include emergency humanitarian action, addressing food and nutrition security and agriculture market support. "Our strategy encompasses a range of interventions that seek not only to treat the symptoms of hunger in emergency situations, but also to help in addressing the underlying causes of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in Uganda," he said.
CRI / Xinhua
Hunger in the news
20 February 2009

Zimbabwe Stocks May Soar as Bourse Reopens in Dollars

Zimbabwe shares, battered by the world’s highest inflation rate and a decade-long recession, may rebound after the stock exchange reopened yesterday from a three- month suspension with listings re-denominated in U.S. dollars. [...] Zimbabwe is in the grip of an economic crisis that’s left more than half of the African nation’s 11 million people in need of emergency food rations, according to the United Nations World Food Program. A quarter of the population has fled the country. The U.S. and European Union imposed sanctions including freezing government assets and travel bans to show disapproval of Mugabe’s rule.
Bloomberg

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