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WFP Head Warns Global Food Aid Demand Outpacing Resources

News outlets report on warnings from the World Food Programme that worldwide demand for food aid is overwhelming its resources. Associated Press: U.N. says there’s unprecedented demand for food aid “The World Food Programme’s top official said it’s unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half…

Innovative Financing Puts Oil Revenues Toward Child Nutrition In Congo

Reuters: Interview: U.N. entrepreneur taps African oil for child health “Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues towards childhood nutrition, a victory for ‘innovative financing’ to help the world’s poorest, [UNITAID] creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview…” (Miles, 9/19).

Somalia Facing New Threat Of Famine Amid Violence

Reuters: Three years after Somali famine, new hunger crisis looms “…The United Nations said this month more than a million people in this war-ravaged country were struggling to meet daily nutritional needs. The roughly 130,000 people displaced from their homes this year alone are bearing the brunt of the crisis…”…

Ebola Impacting Local Economies In Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on Ebola’s economic impacts in Sierra Leone and Liberia. IRIN: Ebola’s economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens “As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis…

U.N. Warns Of Food Shortage For Syrians Due To Lack Of Funds

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warning on Thursday that it is running out of funds for food programs in Syria, potentially affecting nearly six million Syrians. Associated Press: U.N. warns of food shortages for Syrians “The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to…

Number Of Hungry People Down Worldwide But Work Remains To Reach MDG, U.N. Report Says

News outlets continue coverage of a U.N. report released Tuesday showing the number of hungry people worldwide has dropped but many still face a threat of malnourishment. The Guardian: More than 200 million people no longer extremely malnourished “The number of chronically undernourished people in the world’s poorest countries has…

Number Of Hungry Drops By 100M, But 1 In 9 Still Undernourished, U.N. Says

News outlets discuss a new U.N. report on world hunger and food security. Agence France-Presse: 100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: U.N. “The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, though one in nine are still undernourished,…

Uganda Faces Food Shortage Threats Due To Floods

Wall Street Journal: Uganda Floods Destroy Crops “Floods sweeping across eastern Uganda have destroyed thousands of hectares of crops, aid officials said Tuesday, warning that tens of thousands of people in the East African nation could face a severe food shortage in the coming months…” (Bariyo, 9/16).

WFP To Launch Food Aid Operation In Ukraine

News outlets report on the World Food Programme’s announcement that it would launch its first food operation to communities affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Agence France-Presse: U.N. begins food aid to Ukraine’s war-torn east “The U.N.’s World Food Programme announced Friday the launch of its first food aid operation…