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Increasing similarity in diets worldwide is a threat to health and food security with many people forsaking traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum or millet, an international study showed on Monday. The report, which said it detailed for the first time the convergence in crops towards a universal diet in more than 150 nations since the 1960s, showed rises for foods including wheat, rice, soybeans and sunflower.
To help minimise the costs of future famines the World Food Programme (WFP) was founded by the United Nations in 1961, as a multilateral institution designed to co-ordinate the distribution of food aid to needy places around the world. Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90m people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than famine.
For a senior official at the U.N. World Food Program, we can by making them active agents in their own progress. That way, they will not only “own” the development programs targeted at them, but also make food security an issue for the government in countries like the Philippines — not just international aid groups and NGOs.“One take away from me is how do we get the point out, making people care about the issue and making it less technical and academic,” Praveen Agrawal, WFP country director in Manila, said during a discussion titled the #HungerProject Forum held on Monday.
About 20,000 people have been displaced by fresh unrest in Sudan's Darfur region, the UN's World Food Programme said on Monday. "There's an estimated 20,000 new arrivals, most of whom are women and children," Amor Almagro, the WFP's public information officer, told AFP.
"Access remains a major challenge. This is true even at the best of times in some parts of South Sudan, and even more so now,” Challiss McDonough, spokeswoman for the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN.
The world is watching: That has been the resounding message of world powers in the face of deadly sectarian strife in the Central African Republic. Yet how much is the world willing to pay to stanch the killings? That delicate, awkward debate has begun, behind the scenes, at the United Nations.
The world loses or wastes 25 to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released Thursday. In regions where undernourishment is common, like Africa and South Asia, the food losses translate to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day. Most losses take place at the consumption, production, and handling and storage stages of the food chain, but regional breakdowns show noted differences.
After visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, Iranian-born British musician, Sami Yusuf has released a single to raise money for Syria's refugees. The charity single is the backbone of the Live Feed Syria campaign, established in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
Syria's Red Crescent on Monday said it has distributed 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce, but which are still under partial blockade. The aid mission was carried out with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Motivated, in part, by a desire to curb growing budget deficits, many countries are replacing broad subsidies with policies aimed more directly at the needy. But what form should the targeted aid take? A new paper* by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a think-tank, suggests that might have been a mistake. The authors analysed the results of an experiment conducted by the World Food Programme in Ecuador in 2011, which compared handouts of food, cash and vouchers—all conditional on attending nutrition classes.
The United Nations World Food Programme – WFP – is airlifting tonnes of rice and cereal as many roads are dangerous and unpassable and are destined to become even more so as the rainy season approaches. Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni spoke to WFP spokesperson Frances Kennedy who explains that although the ongoing violence is a challenge for staff and partners on the ground, a programme is in place to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence.
In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, though without the immediate prospect of punishment for those who disobey.
Motivated, in part, by a desire to curb growing budget deficits, many countries are replacing broad subsidies with policies aimed more directly at the needy. But what form should the targeted aid take? A new paper* by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a think-tank, suggests that might have been a mistake. The authors analysed the results of an experiment conducted by the World Food Programme in Ecuador in 2011, which compared handouts of food, cash and vouchers—all conditional on attending nutrition classes..
The World Food Programme executive director Ms Ertharin Cousin has appealed for funding to help vulnerable and hunger-stricken people in Zimbabwe. Ms Cousin said the organisation was financially constrained and was asking for help from traditional and new donors. "We are asking for help to continue programmes of assisting vulnerable people to reduce physical and mental stunting," she said.
February 18 - In response to the growing needs of affected population for them to move on and recover their livelihoods, the World Food Program will transition its operation away from being focused on relief food and nutrition to become more effective in supporting early recovery and rebuilding efforts. Ms. Cornelia Paetz, the WFP Information Officer in Tacloban said that to address recovery needs, WFP will now shift assistance to support communities on the road to recovery. “Our goal is to lay the groundwork for long term food security and good nutrition to increase resilience to future disasters,” Ms. Paetz said.
The Central African Republic remains gripped in tit-for-tat inter-communal violence that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes since December. In the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, tensions have been growing.
In the last third of 2012, El Salvador suffered an extended period of drought which affected the principle area where basic grains are grown. One particular area was the southern region of the Sonsonate Department.
Authorities began the distribution of more than 168 million quintals of food in 10 thousand schools. From now, school meals are guaranteed to public and subsidized pre and primary schools.
To coincide with the launch of our new hub, we asked you to tell us which tweeters are setting the agenda on nutrition and development. (..) Martin Bloem is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, US. His particular areas of interest are micronutrient deficiency and nutrition in emergencies.