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Two Global Campaigns Launched Focusing On Ending Hunger, Reducing Food Waste

“A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups will on Wednesday launch [the If campaign,] a major campaign to lobby David Cameron, the prime minister, to use Britain’s presidency of the G8 to leverage action on ending global hunger,” the Guardian reports. “As well as more money for…

Do Not ‘Give Up’ On Successful Anti-Hunger Initiatives

“As an anti-hunger advocate, … I am hopeful about the global change that President Obama could make in his second term, especially when it comes to reducing poverty, but I worry Congress might toss the hungry off the fiscal cliff,” Katie Campbell, senior policy analyst with ActionAid U.S., writes in…

IRIN Examines Global Food Situation For 2013

“IRIN — with the help of food experts, the most recent reports from [the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — reflects on the global food situation in 2012 and the outlook for 2013,” the news service reports. The article includes comments from representatives…

USAID Blog Examines WFP Cash Transfer Program In Zimbabwe

A video report in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” examines a cash transfer program in Zimbabwe, where, following a drought this year, “the numbers needing food assistance will rise to nearly 1.6 million people in coming months.” “In parts of Zimbabwe where market conditions allow, the World Food Programme is arranging for cash…

Humanitarian Conditions Deteriorating In CAR, Aid Groups Warn

“A rebel takeover of several key towns in the Central African Republic (CAR) has placed additional strain on humanitarian conditions that were already precarious due to years of armed conflict,” IRIN reports (1/4). “Humanitarian groups have expressed alarm at the lack of access to more than 300,000 civilians caught up in the fighting,” the Guardian notes, adding, “The U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and the [U.N.] security council have condemned the attacks and called on the rebels to halt hostilities” (Tran, 1/4). “In many areas, basic health care and education are provided by aid groups or not at all,” IRIN writes (1/4). “The Central African Republic has been wracked by political unrest since gaining independence from France in 1960,” the Guardian notes (1/4).

Up To 1M People Need Food Aid In Philippines Areas Hit By Typhoon

“A month after Typhoon Bopha hit the southern Philippines, up to one million people need food assistance and thousands of others could be displaced for a second time, the United Nations says,” AlertNet reports. The December 4 storm killed more than 1,000 people and more than 800 remain missing, the news service notes. “‘Overall the need (for food assistance) is for about 800,000 to a million people across several regions,’ said Dipayan Bhattacharyya, head of food security with the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Philippines,” AlertNet writes, adding, “WFP has been distributing food since the immediate aftermath of the storm and recently started food-for-work activities such as cleaning drainage and clearing debris” (Win, 1/4). International Organization for Migration spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe said the agency is distributing non-food aid in the most-affected regions, VOA News reports. “Jumbe said the lack of sufficient latrines and availability of clean water can cause diseases, such as upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhea and skin infections,” the news agency writes, adding, “Of greatest concern, he said, are people living in 13 sites, with little to no health services” (Schlein, 1/4).

Onset Of Winter, Lack Of Aid Workers Threaten Delivery Of Syrian Humanitarian Aid

Noting that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “estimates that 25 percent of Syria’s population needs humanitarian relief,” Rachel Brandenburg, a U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) program officer for the Middle East, writes in a USIP blog post, “Within Syria and around its borders, residents and those who’ve fled the fighting face dangerous shortages of food, fuel, medical supplies, and shelter.” She says the onset of winter will increase the need for shelter, clothing, and food. Brandenburg notes that two plans call for $1.5 billion in aid during the first half of 2013, but she adds aid workers are in short supply. “As of early December, only 20 international and 100 Syrian national WFP staff remained in-country to support an operation aimed at feeding 1.5 million Syrians,” she says (1/3).

Examining 2013 Global Development Agenda

In this Guardian Global Development podcast, the newspaper’s Global Development team examines the development agenda for 2013. According to the transcript, the panel discusses jobs, growth, hunger, the G8, and aid, in addition to other topics (12/28).

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