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Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Improving Nutrition in South Asia

The World Bank on Tuesday launched a competitive Development Marketplace for Nutrition aimed at finding and funding innovative ideas that will change lives of thousands of pregnant women, infants, and young children in South Asia. According to the bank statement issued here on Wednesday titled “Family and Community Approaches to Improving Infant and Young Child Nutrition,” the Development Marketplace is looking for entrepreneurial organizations across South Asia to submit proposals for local, small‑scale projects which have the potential to be scaled up and replicated. [...] The South Asia Regional Development Marketplace is implemented in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Micronutrient Initiative, UNICEF, and the World Food Program.
Associated Press of Pakistan
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

The great gamble

Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, has taken a brave step. On Wednesday February 11th, more than ten months after success for his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in the first round of presidential and parliamentary elections, Mr Tsvangirai became prime minister. In theory at least, he will share power with the man who swore him into office: President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. [...] Zimbabwe, once one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, is in a dire state. Millions now depend on food aid; many are starving.
The Economist
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

WFP food rations reach the hungry in Gaza

The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed two-month rations to more than 222,000 people in Gaza since hostilities erupted there on Dec 27. The distribution of standard rations such as wheat flour, cooking oil and chickpeas and also one-off emergency packages including date bars, bread, high energy biscuits and canned goods had also benefited more than 150,000 people, according to a WFP statement.
Bernama
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Becomes Premier

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as prime minister, opening the way for the establishment of a coalition government with President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party. Tsvangirai’s appointment today may end a political crisis that erupted after disputed elections in March. [...] Zimbabwe is facing shortages of food, fuel and other basic commodities. At least 6.9 million Zimbabweans, or more than half of the population, need emergency food rations, according to the UN’s World Food Programme. A quarter of the population has fled the country.
Bloomberg
Nutrition
10 February 2009

Life and Entertainment - Nickie Wang: Saving children from hunger

While you are reading this article, somewhere in the world, two or three children might be dying or had just died. Based on the statistic of World Food Program, 18,000 children die each day because of starvation. That is one child after every five seconds. In an effort to combat hunger, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, both operated by Philippine Pizza Inc., donated over P1 million to the WFP on Jan. 29 in a ceremony held at Gateway Mall, Araneta Center. The amount was for the benefit of young children who are pitted in the war-stricken area of Mindanao. The event was graced by Philippine Pizza Inc. chief operating officer Lars Peterson, WFP country director and representative Stephen Anderson, and Social Welfare Department Assistant Secretary Theresa Alano. [...] WFP will use the donation to implement regular school-feeding activities that provide both a daily hot meal and a take- home family ration to 71,000 pupils in 427 schools in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato. “We are concentrating in Mindanao. We have always indicated that we could help the government to extend the program in a national setting. But for now, we don’t want to stretch ourselves so we could have a focus,” Anderson explained why WFP specifically indicated the people in Mindanao as the recipients of the donation.
Manila Standard Today
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh: 50 children die in six months

Malnutrition has claimed the lives of over 50 children in Madhya Pradesh in less than six months. The main reasons being ascribed to the deaths are poorly-equipped government health centres and failure of government schemes to reach a majority of the impoverished, say NGOs. [...] According to the National Health Survey data, the number of malnourished children in the 0-5 years age group is 33,000, which is about 60 percent of the total child population in Madhya Pradesh. The state has with the assistance of the UNICEF and the World Food Programme unveiled several special schemes like the 'Bal Shakti Yojana', 'Shaktimaan' and the 'Bal Sanjeevani Abhiyan', which seek to treat severely malnourished children. "But one can make out the level of nourishment provided to children from the state of anganwadis. They lack basic facilities like seating arrangement, drinking water, separate toilets or space to cook nutritious food," Jain said.
Mangalorean.com / IANS
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Djibouti: Global food crisis adding to shortages

Drought, high food prices and a weak response from donors have left a large proportion of Djibouti’s population without enough to eat, despite some level of economic growth, the UN Resident Coordinator said. "Djibouti has been suffering over the last few years, not only from the drought situation that the Horn of Africa is facing, but it is also one of the countries severely hit by the global food crisis," Sunil Saigal said. [...] "We don’t quite know how many people are actually in Djibouti right now," Saigal told IRIN in Djibouti. "[But] a very large percentage is highly food-insecure. WFP [UN World Food Programme] is operating on the basis of 328,000 moderately food-insecure."
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Commentary: Haiti's Preval pleads for the US and rest of the world to end global negligence

On February 5, Haitian president Rene Preval arrived in Washington carrying a desperate message in his pocket. In it, he requested emergency aid from the United States for as much as $100 million. [...] Without doubt, the crisis, which intensified at the onset of 2008 as food prices soared, was felt throughout the entire world. But the underdeveloped nations have been particularly vulnerable. In April 2008, the World Food Program admitted that it could not afford to purchase adequate volumes of food as the price of rice, for example, had more than doubled since March. International food donors are distributing more and more “therapeutic food” as a way to fight malnourishment. The ready-to-eat rations are made of milk, peanuts, and added nutrients and temporarily alleviate starvation. The problem with them, however, is that hungry people depend on these allotments that, in reality, do not resolve the core dilemma at hand.
Carribean Net News
Aid professionals
10 February 2009

Food For Peace: Eisenhower's Unsung Initiative Can Be Obama's Most Powerful Tool for Peace

As President Obama tackles enormous foreign policy challenges, he would be well-advised to extract good ideas from past administrations and carry forward this "better part of history," writes William Lambers.
History News Network
Aid professionals
10 February 2009

Our Culture of Wasting Food Will One Day Leave Us Hungry

All the talk of genetically modifying crops would be unnecessary if the supermarkets - and consumers - weren't so wasteful, says Alex Renton.
The Observer

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