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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..
 

The Economist
Hunger in the news
24 February 2014

Zimbabwe: WFP Director Appeals for Funding

The World Food Programme executive director Ms Ertharin Cousin has appealed for funding to help vulnerable and hunger-stricken people in Zimbabwe. Ms Cousin said the organisation was financially constrained and was asking for help from traditional and new donors. "We are asking for help to continue programmes of assisting vulnerable people to reduce physical and mental stunting," she said.
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
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.

www.trust.org
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

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