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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
Hunger in the news
4 March 2014

Worsening food crisis in South Sudan’s swamplands

"Access remains a major challenge. This is true even at the best of times in some parts of South Sudan, and even more so now,” Challiss McDonough, spokeswoman for the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN.
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
4 March 2014

U.N. Debates the Breadth of a Mission in the Central African Republic

The world is watching: That has been the resounding message of world powers in the face of deadly sectarian strife in the Central African Republic. Yet how much is the world willing to pay to stanch the killings? That delicate, awkward debate has begun, behind the scenes, at the United Nations.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
28 February 2014

Much Food Is Lost or Wasted, World Bank Report Says

The world loses or wastes 25 to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released Thursday. In regions where undernourishment is common, like Africa and South Asia, the food losses translate to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day. Most losses take place at the consumption, production, and handling and storage stages of the food chain, but regional breakdowns show noted differences.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
25 February 2014

Sami Yusuf dedicates song for Syrian people

After visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, Iranian-born British musician, Sami Yusuf has released a single to raise money for Syria's refugees. The charity single is the backbone of the Live Feed Syria campaign, established in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
Turkish Press
Hunger in the news
25 February 2014

Food rations distributed to besieged Damascus areas

Syria's Red Crescent on Monday said it has distributed 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce, but which are still under partial blockade. The aid mission was carried out with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Global Post/ AFP

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