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Hunger in the news
18 February 2014

WFP transitions its operations from relief to early recovery and rebuilding

February 18 - In response to the growing needs of affected population for them to move on and recover their livelihoods, the World Food Program will transition its operation away from being focused on relief food and nutrition to become more effective in supporting early recovery and rebuilding efforts. Ms. Cornelia Paetz, the WFP Information Officer in Tacloban said that to address recovery needs, WFP will now shift assistance to support communities on the road to recovery. “Our goal is to lay the groundwork for long term food security and good nutrition to increase resilience to future disasters,” Ms. Paetz said.
pia.gov.ph
Hunger in the news
18 February 2014

Tensions High in CAR Town of Kaga Bandoro

The Central African Republic remains gripped in tit-for-tat inter-communal violence that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes since December. In the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, tensions have been growing.
VOA News
Food For Assets
12 February 2014

Anastasia Torres : Working for Her Community with the Hand of WFP in EL Salvador

In the last third of 2012, El Salvador suffered an extended period of drought which affected the principle area where basic grains are grown. One particular area was the southern region of the Sonsonate Department.

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School Meals
31 January 2014

School meals distributed in more than 10,000 schools

Authorities began the distribution of more than 168 million quintals of food in 10 thousand schools. From now, school meals are guaranteed to public and subsidized pre and primary schools.

Canal 8
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

WFP and the Ministry of Health launched a program to reduce anemia in children from 6 to 24 months

Colombia's Ministry of Health and WFP lauched  the program to prevent and reduce anemia in children under two-years-old.  This important inititative will be piloted in the departments of Bolivar and La Guajira in the North of Colombia, a region with high levels of anemia within this age group and a signicative indigenous and afrocolombian population. The first lady of Colombia, María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos, participated in the event, as this program complements the strategy "From Zero to Forever" providing a comprehensive care strategy for Colombian children.

El Tiempo El Universal
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

Top 10 tweeters on nutrition

To coincide with the launch of our new hub, we asked you to tell us which tweeters are setting the agenda on nutrition and development. (..) Martin Bloem is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, US. His particular areas of interest are micronutrient deficiency and nutrition in emergencies.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

UN expects ceasefire deal to allow food deliveries in South Sudan

The UN World Food Program (WFP) said Friday it plans to seize window of opportunity created by the signing of the ceasefire agreements to deliver food assistance to areas that have been difficult to reach. WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi said the UN agency has so far assisted some 178,000 people displaced as a result of the South Sudan crisis, which erupted in mid-December last year.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

WFP needs security to deliver food to 155,000 people in CAR

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has called for security to be re-established along the main roads in Central African Republic (CAR) to allow access for vital aid and humanitarian staff, as 38 trucks with a month’s supply of food for 155,000 people remained blocked at the frontier. But despite the ongoing violence and insecurity, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said on Saturday that the agency was providing aid to more than 110,000 displaced people in Bangui, the capital, and other towns. She said clashes at checkpoints along the Beloko-Bangui corridor continued to hamper the movement of trucks, with cereal stocks running low and close to being exhausted.
Afrique En Ligne
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

Harper offers new aid in Jordan, but sees no end to flow of Syrian refugees

The Prime Minister, surrounded by heavy security, didn’t stop to talk to refugees in the camp – once famed for crime and violence – but was driven through Zaatari’s busy, dusty main street, and taken to a World Food Programme distribution compound, to get a briefing from the director of the camp, Kilian Kleinschmidt, of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR.
The Globe and Mail
Hunger in the news
27 January 2014

Davos delegates called on to give and to help stamp out inequality

The number of malnourished people worldwide is estimated to be close to one billion – nearly a seventh of the global population. The WFP’s mission is to reduce that number to zero. That goal cannot be achieved without a huge increase in participation from the private sector – as the programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin explained to euronews. “That’s why it’s so important that we are here, that we are visible, that we have the opportunity to not just engage one-on-one with the private sector, but to get them into the discussion about what it will take, and how they can help, to achieve the goal of a zero hunger world,” she said.
Euronews

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