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Hunger in the news
1 March 2013

Harvest Increases But Food Insecurity Remains High In South Sudan

JUBA – At least 4.1 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

28 February 2013

WFP To Receive Large Wheat Donation From Government Of Pakistan

Islamabad - The Government of Pakistan has announced a donation of 75,000 metric tons of wheat to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at a time when critical funding shortages threatened the provision of emergency food assistance to almost one million displaced people in the country’s north-west.

Hunger in the news
26 February 2013

WFP Buys Record Quantity Of Maize From Ethiopian Cooperative Unions

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that local farmers cooperatives in Ethiopia have begun delivering the largest amount of maize they have ever sold to WFP, enough to support more than 1.8 million people for a month.

Hunger in the news
25 February 2013

All-Female Team Climbs Africa’s Highest Peak With Help Of UN World Food Programme

DAR ES SALAAM – They have conquered the world’s highest mountain. They have climbed the highest peaks in Europe and Australia. Now, seven Nepali women – members of the most successful all-female team ever to scale Mount Everest - will join three African women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
 

Responding to Emergencies
22 February 2013

Mali: WFP Opens Up New Routes To Reach More Conflict-Affected People In North

BAMAKO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has opened today a new land route for transporting vital food assistance from Niamey, in Niger, to northern Mali, where the volatile security situation and economic disruption is affecting food supplies.

Hunger in the news
21 February 2013

Government Of Malawi Gives More Help To People Hit By Food Shortages

The Government of Malawi has donated to the UN World Food Programme an extra 47,466 metric tons of maize from the country’s Strategic Grain Reserve.  This allocation, valued at $11.6 million (MK 4.18 billion), will bolster relief operations for nearly 2 million people identified by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee as food insecure.  This brings the total Government of Malawi relief contributions since August to 72,466 tones, worth $ 17.1 million (MK 6.2 billion). 

School Meals
21 February 2013

Boost For WFP Local School Meals With Exchange To Maximise Impact And Effectiveness

WFP, Papua and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Provinces, independent research specialists and community representatives share their experiences and participate in a lessons-learned forum on the Local School Meals programme.

For Companies
21 February 2013

WFP And Sandbox Global Join Forces To Fight Hunger Online

BANGKOK – Online gamers and followers of fashion today have a new way to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) emergency food assistance operation in Syria thanks to a ground-breaking initiative with Facebook game Stylista (https://apps.facebook.com/stylista). Stylista is the brainchild of Sandbox Global, a digital gaming company based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Responding to Emergencies
20 February 2013

One Year On From The Sahel Crisis: A Review Of The Humanitarian Response

ROME – A year after the international community launched a massive humanitarian response to the food and nutritional crisis affecting millions of people across the Sahel region of Africa, leaders of humanitarian agencies, government representatives from countries affected and major donors met today to review the effectiveness of their assistance.   Read the Outcome Document

Hunger in the news
18 February 2013

Five Dollars Per Person: Luxembourg Is Highest Per Capita Donor To WFP Afghanistan

KABUL – With a donation of more than US$660,000 (€500,000), Luxembourg is the first country to contribute to the regular operations of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan in 2013. This donation makes Luxembourg, a landlocked country located in western Europe with a population of  about 525,000, the highest per capita donor to WFP Afghanistan.

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