Low donation levels are causing the World Food Programme (WFP) to fall short of feeding the most critically hungry people in the world, and the agency “has so far received only $1.8 billion and has had to cut back rations and programs to the 108 million people it serves, said Josette Sheeran,” WFP’s executive director, Reuters reports.
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“Three internationally known organizations based in St. Louis â€” the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital” â€” have entered into a partnership, known as the Global Harvest Alliance (GHA), which aims to “create inexpensive, nutritionally complete food to help the world’s hungry and undernourished,” the AP/Google.com reports.
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Despite increasing danger posed by “al Qaeda-linked militants,” U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said Tuesday U.N. aid workers “were not backing away” from the country, Reuters reports.
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has been named a global ambassador against hunger for the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP), Xinhua reports.
The U.S. will work to address the health challenges facing India among other countries and will aim to improve maternal and child health care services through comprehensive dialogue, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday after visiting a Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) trade outlet in Mumbai, India, PTI/Yahoo! News reports.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued an alert on Thursday “seeking donor help” to address the health situation in southern and central Somalia, “which has continued to deteriorate due to latest fighting in [the capital of] Mogadishu,” Xinhua reports.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday said food prices remain high in many developing countries because of reduced harvests, civil conflict and other factors, AP/Google.com reports.