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Hunger in the news
4 November 2011

WFP Welcomes G20 Summit Action On Food Security, Hunger And Humanitarian Food Supply

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today congratulated G20 leaders gathered at the summit in Cannes, for taking concrete and critical actions to ensure the flow of food assistance to vulnerable people hit by high food prices, hunger and humanitarian crises.  The G20 agreed that humanitarian food purchased by WFP will not be subject to export restrictions or extraordinary taxes.

Climate Change
4 November 2011

WFP Steps Up Emergency Response To Flood Victims In Cambodia

“Cambodia’s worst floods in more than a decade have forced people from their homes and destroyed their crops. Now, with the price of rice on the rise, the poorest households face the prospect of not having enough to eat. Food support is needed now, and will be needed in the months ahead, as people recover from this disaster.”
WFP Cambodia Country Director, Jean-Pierre de Margerie
 

Hunger in the news
4 November 2011

World Food Programme Executive Director Visits Brazil To Launch Centre Of Excellence Against Hunger

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme  (WFP), the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, will make an official visit to Brazil on Monday 7 November 2011.

Hunger in the news
3 November 2011

Donation From Japan Helps WFP Provide Life-Saving Assistance In 6 Countries

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a JPY 2.31 billion (US$30 million) donation package from the government of Japan.  The contribution will provide urgently needed life-saving food and nutritional assistance to the most vulnerable people in four countries in the Horn of Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti - and Sudan and South Sudan.

Climate Change
2 November 2011

WFP Responds To Calls For Assistance In Flood-Stricken Central America

“Recurrent natural disasters are exacerbating the food security situation of both rural and urban populations in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, which are also suffering the impact of high food prices.”
--WFP Regional Director, Gemmo Lodesani

Hunger in the news
31 October 2011

International Year Of Cooperatives 2012: Agricultural Cooperatives Are Key To Reducing Hunger And Poverty

Cooperatives offer opportunities that smallholders could not achieve individually. Smallholder farmers gain big benefits from agricultural cooperatives including bargaining power and resource sharing that lead to food security and poverty reduction for millions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stressed today on the occasion of the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 (IYC) in New York.

31 October 2011

Africa Food & Nutrition Security Day Emphasizes Need For Stronger Food Systems To Reduce Hunger

The World Food Programme (WFP) is celebrating Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day by highlighting the importance of regional markets and local produce in increasing access to food at both national and household levels.

Hunger in the news
31 October 2011

Sindh Government Contributes Wheat To WFP For Monsoon Flood Victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Sindh province of 8,333 metric tons of wheat for distribution to people affected by the recent monsoon floods in Sindh.

Hunger in the news
28 October 2011

WFP Calls For Early Action To Avoid Full-Scale Food Crisis In Niger

The growing threat of food security in Niger is deeply worrying. The country appears to be heading towards a full-scale food crisis if early measures are not taken. Vulnerable families are still exhausted by the last crisis, barely a year ago, and they have little ability to confront another emergency.

--Denise Brown, WFP Niger Country Director, Niamey

Hunger in the news
26 October 2011

Freerice China: Have Fun, Improve Your Vocabulary And Feed A Hungry!

Do you want to learn and fight hunger at the same time? Did you know that by improving your English vocabulary and general knowledge skills you can feed a hungry child? From today, the Chinese version of world-renowned website Freerice.com will help you do just this.

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