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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
Hunger in the news
25 February 2014

The economics of food subsidies: Feeding expectations

Motivated, in part, by a desire to curb growing budget deficits, many countries are replacing broad subsidies with policies aimed more directly at the needy. But what form should the targeted aid take? A new paper* by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a think-tank, suggests that might have been a mistake. The authors analysed the results of an experiment conducted by the World Food Programme in Ecuador in 2011, which compared handouts of food, cash and vouchers—all conditional on attending nutrition classes.
The Economist
Hunger in the news
25 February 2014

WFP trying to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Central African Republic

The United Nations World Food Programme – WFP – is airlifting tonnes of rice and cereal as many roads are dangerous and unpassable and are destined to become even more so as the rainy season approaches. Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni spoke to WFP spokesperson Frances Kennedy who explains that although the ongoing violence is a challenge for staff and partners on the ground, a programme is in place to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence.
Vatican Radio
Hunger in the news
25 February 2014

U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid

In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, though without the immediate prospect of punishment for those who disobey.
The New York Times
Cash and Vouchers
24 February 2014

Why Food Vouchers Are a Policy Worth Considering in Developing Countries

Motivated, in part, by a desire to curb growing budget deficits, many countries are replacing broad subsidies with policies aimed more directly at the needy. But what form should the targeted aid take? A new paper* by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a think-tank, suggests that might have been a mistake. The authors analysed the results of an experiment conducted by the World Food Programme in Ecuador in 2011, which compared handouts of food, cash and vouchers—all conditional on attending nutrition classes..
 

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