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Hunger in the news
4 January 2009

Q & A on the conflict in Gaza

The humanitarian situation is critical - Christine VanNieuwenhuyse, WFP representative in oPt, stated that 80% Gaza’s population is dependent on food assistance.
La Croix
Hunger in the news
3 January 2009

UN food agency decries 'appalling' situation in Gaza

The UN emergency food programme has begun distributing bread to families caught up in an "appalling" humanitarian situation in Gaza, the agency said Friday. "The current situation in Gaza is appalling, and many basic food items are no longer available on the market," the World Food Programme's representative in the occupied Palestinian territory, Christine van Nieuwenhuyse, said in a statement.
Agence France Presse (AFP)
Hunger in the news
3 January 2009

GAZA: second week of the Israeli offensive

According to Christine VanNieuwenhuyse, WFP representative for oPt, the situation in Gaza is disastrous and many basic foods are no longer available.
Agence France Presse (AFP) Liberation
Hunger in the news
2 January 2009

Food assistance runs out of money

January 2 - The UN call for about US-$ 5.2 billion for the UN Word Food Programme (WFP). Funding secured only until April. The United Nations and humanitarian organisations warn of an aggravation of the hunger problem in the wake of a possible economic crisis.
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Hunger in the news
2 January 2009

Gazans face ‘humanitarian crisis’ as Israeli raids intensify

After six days of Israeli bombardment, aid agencies say that Gazans are facing a humanitarian crisis with air strikes causing severe problems in getting food, medicine and fuel supplies to the besieged civilian population.
The Independent
Hunger in the news
2 January 2009

U.N. Tackles Rising Threat of Urban Hunger in Africa

Escalating hunger in African cities is forcing aid agencies accustomed to tackling food shortages in rural areas to scramble for strategies to address the more complex hunger problems in sprawling slums.
Wall street Journal
Hunger in the news
2 January 2009

UNICEF launches new emergency nutrition intervention in Somalia

The UN children's fund UNICEF has introduced a new emergency nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition in over 100,000 of the most vulnerable children in Somalia. A statement from the UN agency received here on Friday said the Plumpy'doz is the latest generation of ready-to-use food designed to satisfy the nutritional needs of young children aged 6 to 36 months and supplement available food from general food distributions by partners such as the World Food Program (WFP) as well as other traditional food sources.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
2 January 2009

United against hunger

In the year 2008, the Federal Government of Germany granted € 65.75 million for the fight against hunger to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which means a new record level of donations. Just ahead of New Years Eve, additional € 10 million were provided for Afghanistan.
bundesregierung.de
Hunger in the news
1 January 2009

UN feeds over 18,000 Congolese, victims of Ugandan rebels

The UN World Food Program (WFP) has delivered emergency supplies for more than 18,000 displaced people in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are victims of violence at the hands of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
People's Daily
Hunger in the news
31 December 2008

North Korea issues New Year denuclearization pledge

reeted the New Year by repeating its pledge to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons and hinting it could work with Barack Obama when he becomes the U.S. president, editorials said on Thursday. The communist North, which uses joint editorials in its state newspapers on New Year's Day to lay out its policy priorities for the year, also pledged to rebuild its faltering economy and improve the quality of life for its 23 million people. [...] North Korea relies on food handouts from international aid agencies such as the U.N. World Food Program, while the United States in 2008 pledged to provide major food aid.
Boston Globe Reuters

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