Hunger in the news

8 September 2009

Actress KC Concepcion, who is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) national ambassador against hunger, hopes to end hunger through her “hoodies” (hooded sweatshirts) and shirts.
In a press statement, WFP announced that the agency and Concepcion teamed up with BAYO, one of the leading apparel brands in the Philippines, to raise public awareness on hunger and provide meals to school children in conflict-affected parts of Central Mindanao.

7 September 2009

The ceasefire between the Arroyo government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is holding, according to Army and rebel leaders. (..) Each family receives 25 kilos of rice, soya and cooking oil from World Food Program, and kitchen utensils, water containers and hygiene kits from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

25 August 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said it will start providing thousands of displaced people in Mindanao with rice rations from the Japanese government tomorrow, August 26.
At a ceremony scheduled in Maguindanao, Japanese Ambassador the Philippines Makoto Katsura, representatives from Philippine government, and WFP will witness the first distributions of rice purchased with the Japanese donation of P455 million (860 million Japanese yen) to assist people affected by conflict and internal displacement in Mindanao.

25 August 2009

An international relief agency distributed relief to thousands of people displaced in the fighting between state security forces and Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines. (..) "WFP is extremely grateful to the Government of Japan for its generous donation used to purchase 8,160 metric tons of rice," said WFP Country Director in the Philippines Stephen Anderson.

9 August 2009

The European Commission has approved a €6.4-million (P430 million) grant that will benefit poor farming communities in five Mindanao provinces and support food security (..). Stephen Anderson, WFP country director and representative in the Philippines said, the focus would be on improving crop production through the rehabilitation of irrigation schemes, storage facilities and feeder roads.

5 August 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) in the Philippines is set to receive €6.4 million from the European Union Food Facility in order to boost the productivity of small-scale farmers, a WFP statement yesterday said.

24 July 2009

The Philippine government, United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are crafting a coordinated relief distribution plan for Maguindanao to address issues such as duplication of relief assistance, service to non-legitimate beneficiaries, and relief diversion to traders. A meeting was held Thursday between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), UNWFP and ICRC to craft a three-month relief distribution plan for clustered municipalities of affected local government units in Maguindanao.

16 July 2009

A South Korean provincial government has leased a major plot of farmland in the central Philippines to grow corn as part of Seoul's bid for food security, officials said.
They said Jeonnam Feedstock, a company set up by South Jeolla province, signed a contract in April to lease 95,000 hectares (231,400 acres) of land for 25 years in Oriental Mindoro province.
Jeonnam Feedstock plans to plant 1,000 hectares of corn for experimental purposes as early as September to produce 10,000 tonnes of feed in the first year.

14 July 2009

Displacement levels on the war-ravaged Philippine island of Mindanao have risen to more than 430,000, according to data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other sources. (..) "With travel restrictions being lifted, WFP was able to begin distributions to just under 17,000 families in the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, South Kabuntalan and North Kabuntalan in the province of Maguindanao, as well as in the city of Cotabato," WFP country director Stephen Anderson said.

13 July 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) resumed distribution of food on Monday to nearly 400,000 displaced people in conflict areas in the southern Philippines after it was stopped a week ago, officials said. (..) "All World Food Programme operations in the Mindanao region have resumed as of today because travel restrictions have been lifted," Stephen Anderson, WFP head, told reporters.