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'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Aid agencies rush to bring aid to Mozambique cyclone survivors

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'The priority is getting aid to Ibo because it hasn’t been reached yet,' says Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for World Food Programme

HELP. Aid is unloaded off a truck and taken to a waiting World Food Programme helicopter to be deliver to Ibo Island and Quissanga in northern Mozambique on April 30 , 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

Aid workers scramble to get relief supplies to Mozambique cyclone victims

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The confirmed death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reaches 432 on Friday, March 22, with 293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected

RELIEF. An aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

U.N. reaches aid warehouses on Yemen frontlines, seeks $4.2B

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have just received a piece of good news. Finally, it was possible for us to reach the Red Sea Mills,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

YEMEN AID. A general view shows the Red Sea Flour Mills on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as Yemeni pro-government forces continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 14, 2018. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

U.N. to double food aid to Yemen

Nov 09, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Yemen is in the grip of the world's worst hunger crisis as government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition battles Huthi rebels

MALNUTRITION. A Yemeni woman shows a child suffering from malnutrition to doctors at a treatment center in a hospital in Yemen's northwestern Hajjah province, on October 25, 2018. Photo by Essa Ahmed/AFP

LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Conflicts and climate-related shocks have recently sent levels of world hunger marching back up, following decades of steady decline,' the UN and EU say

FOOD SECURITY. File photo from Shutterstock.

Food aid suspended as Myanmar state sinks deeper into violence

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Relief agencies have repeatedly been accused by Myanmar authorities of allowing their rations to fall into the hands of Rohingya militants

IMPOVERISHED. The widespread persecution of the impoverished community in Myanmar's Rakhine state is one of the primary causes for the current regional exodus, alongside growing numbers trying to escape poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh. File Photo by AFP

IN PHOTOS: PH launches guidelines on managing moderate acute malnutrition

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:02 PM

The DOH and WFP showcase ready to use supplementary food as well as various measuring devices that would determine if a child is suffering from malnutrition

FIGHTING MALNUTRITION. A device that can be used to measure the height of infants to determine possible malnutrition. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Malabon winning the battle against malnutrition

May 21, 2017 - 1:23 PM

From a stunting rate of 16 Malabon has reduced it by half at 8 in 3 years

NUTRITION NEEDS. The Malabon city government is taking steps to address malnutrition in children.

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Nearly 5 million people are facing starvation and famine the government says

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

UN chief to visit hurricane-hit Haiti as funding appeal falls short

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The United Nations has launched a flash appeal for 120 million to help Haiti cope with its worst humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake but only 6 1 million has been raised so far

Staff members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) work to load 25 trucks with relief materials destined for the western region of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 10, 2016. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Storm-hit Haiti gets first major food aid

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Supplies are still far short of what is needed by the thousands of starving people

US Marines loading over 12 tonnes of food items into helicopters to be sent in Jeremie, Haiti, October 8, 2016. Frederic Fath - UN/MINUSTAH

What did the UN do for PH? Disaster response, health programs, and more

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The Philippines has been a beneficiary of different United Nations programs for many years especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

UN says Syria aid drops not 'imminent' despite pleas

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:15 AM

Britain and France are calling for urgent aid for besieged Syrian towns particularly Daraya Moadamiyeh and Madaya

epa05097659 Syrians from the besieged town of Madaya leave towards the capital for treatment, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, 11 January 2016. Three trucks carrying long-awaited food and medical supplies entered the Syrian town of Madaya on 11 January with Doctors without Borders (MSF) saying almost 30 people there have died of starvation after a months-long siege by government forces. At the same time, three aid trucks entered the isolated north-western Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya, which have been besieged by hardline Islamist rebels, Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

World Food Programme, DSWD launch Visayas disaster response center

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Centers in Clark and General Santos City are being considered to ensure immediate response of the government wherever a disaster strikes in the country

INCREASED CAPACITY. The Visayas Disaster Response Center aims to enhance government response capacity. Image courtesy DSWD

Malawi, Mozambique issue drought alerts as crisis spreads

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED More people will need humanitarian relief assistance from 2016 to 2017 due to food shortages

A Malawian farmer works, 12 October 2005, on his land in Nsanje district several hundred Kms south of the main town Blantyre. Due to a severe drought that this year has hit Malawi, one of the poorest country in Africa, most of the land is dry and has not produced the expected quantity of maize. Aid agencies in Malawi are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis stemming from the double effect of drought that has cut output of maize, the staple food, by a quarter and AIDS. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

New aid convoy enters besieged Syrian town

Jan 14, 2016 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross says 44 aid trucks carrying food and other supplies entered Madaya on Thursday January 14

A handout image dated January 11, 2016, made available by the International Committee of the Red Cross, showing a convoy of vehicles seen en route to Madaya, Syria. Pawel Krzysiek/ICRC/Handout/EPA

Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Residents of Madaya Syria say they have no food no water and no electricity

INFOGRAPHIC: Food security in ARMM's poorest provinces

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Many residents of Lanao del Sur Maguindanao and Sulu are not eating enough because of reasons like lack of money conflict and weather disturbances

Josette Sheeran on the 'APEC divide' from both extremes

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED The former head of the World Food Programme and vice chairman of the World Economic Forum provides an insight into the relevance of high level summits like APEC

Utang po: The poor have to borrow money to eat

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:35 PM

Among the poorest provinces in the Philippines majority of the poor borrow money from retail stores to survive food shortages

FOOD SECURITY. Among the poorest provinces in the Philippines, majority of poor families borrow money from retail stores to survive food shortage

What causes food insecurity in the PH's poorest provinces?

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Families in the Philippines poorest provinces cite inadequate income and lack of a job as reasons why they experience hunger

#UN70: United Nations remains 'a beacon for all humanity'

Oct 24, 2015 - 1:07 PM

UPDATED UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon says the UN should continue to be guided by timeless values in serving the world

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Aug 16, 2015 - 11:24 AM

According to World Food Programme spokesman David Orr Zimbabwe and Malawi are facing their worst food security crisis in a decade

UN warns over 'deliberate starvation of civilians' in Yemen

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

A UN official warns armed factions in Yemen over the deliberate starvation of civilians as the embattled country grapples with a food crisis that has left 850 000 children facing acute malnutrition

‘YEMEN IS CRUMBLING.’ Yemeni children peer out of a window of their historic house as UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen's warring factions started in Geneva, in the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, 15 June 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Loyalists retake airport in Yemen's Aden

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Loyalists of Yemen s exiled president recapture the airport in Aden sealing a four month battle with Iran backed rebels with Saudi led air and naval support

AFTERMATH. Yemenis peer through the bars of a window at the bodies of people killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, 13 July 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Yemen truce begins, relief agencies hope to deliver aid

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:10 AM

But the leader of the Iran backed Shiite rebels says he does not expect the truce to hold demanding an end to the Saudi aggression

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE. An armed Houthi militiaman inspects the damage of a building reportedly hit by an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Fighting famine, holding off hunger

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Political commitment on hunger is in the hands of the people says DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman

ZERO HUNGER? According to WFP country director Praveen Agrawal, hunger alleviation initiatives should be inclusive, holistic, and integrated. Graphics by Nico Villarete

DSWD and WFP collaborate on disaster preparedness

Jun 30, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Before the typhoon season rolls in the DSWD and the World Food Programme reassess disaster response mechanisms both agencies undertook in the past years

PEOPLE POWER. The people are the greatest assets in improving disaster risk reduction and management programs. Graphics by Nico Villarete

Rappler Talk: Ending hunger and poverty in the Philippines

Jun 29, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Rappler talked to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the World Food Programme on Monday June 29 about the impact and importance of hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation programs in the Philippines

What projects can end food insecurity by 2020?

May 30, 2015 - 1:30 PM

As the global population is expected to reach more than 9 5 billion by 2020 it is important that the challenges regarding food security are addressed as early as now

Hunger and malnutrition threaten refugees

May 22, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Leaving their countries with only the clothes on their back refugees need to feed and nourish themselves under harsh conditions

UN-chartered ship docks in Yemen with fuel for aid deliveries

May 10, 2015 - 9:59 PM

This breakthrough for the UN humanitarian operation in Yemen will allow us to reach hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent food assistance says Purnima Kashyap World Food Programme country director in Yemen

The roadmap to ending global hunger

May 06, 2015 - 8:36 PM

The 4 pillars against hunger include emergencies safety nets nutrition and agriculture

UN Security Council declines to back Russia's Yemen appeal

May 02, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Diplomats say the Russian statement appealing for an immediate ceasefire or at least humanitarian pause in Yemen was not rejected out of hand but that council members need time to consider the wording

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

UN preparing 'massive' aid operation in quake-hit Nepal

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:03 PM

The UN children s agency warns that the quake had left nearly one million youngsters in desperate need of assistance

CASUALTY. Members of a rescue team collect dead bodies from the rubble of collapsed buildings during early morning a day after a massive earthquake, in Kathmamdu, Nepal, April 26, 2015. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

How to help Nepal earthquake victims

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:03 PM

You can donate to international organizations listed here to help the victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal

HELP. A group of men carry a person on a stretcher after a powerful earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Niger says 2.5 million suffering food insecurity

Apr 19, 2015 - 10:17 AM

A survey conducted since December 2014 indicates that 15 7 of the population or 2 588 128 people are in a situation of food insecurity including 410 297 in severe insecurity

Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Pacman donate P5.3M to fight hunger

Mar 04, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Press release from World Food Programme: Manny Pacquiao alongside restaurants donate cash to fight hunger

FIGHTING HUNGER. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell hand over P 5.3 million to WFP for its school feeding program in Central Mindanao. Photo by Anthony Chase Lim/WFP Philippines

How conflict can lead to food insecurity and hunger

Feb 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Decades long conflict between the forces of the government and groups like the MILF and MNLF leave a huge part of Mindanao in poverty

Improving the PH hunger situation in 2014

Dec 20, 2014 - 6:19 PM

The Philippines did not achieve ZeroHunger in 2014 but different projects and programs show that the fight is still going on

UN says aid to parts of Myanmar's north 'stalled'

Dec 16, 2014 - 10:28 PM

A volatile security situation and bureaucratic delays in getting government authorizations are stalling aid attempts in Myanmar s Kachin state

Australia provides more support to PH after Typhoon Ruby

Dec 13, 2014 - 1:49 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell says the assistance includes health and dignity kits as well as family survival kits for affected families in Visayas and Southern Luzon

AFTER RUBY. Filipino typhoon victims walk amongst debris in the typhoon hit town of Can-Avid, Samar island, Philippines, December 8, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

What climate change means to the world's hungry people

Dec 13, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Climate change threatens food security by destroying the already depleting resources of developing countries

SATING HUNGER. Children line up at a feeding program for informal settlers in Quezon City. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/ EPA

DSWD needs #RubyResponse volunteers in Cebu

Dec 07, 2014 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Repackers and handlers are needed for the 24 hour operations at the Cebu International Convention Center

VOLUNTEERS: File photo of volunteers in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda

UN suspends food aid to 1.7M Syrian refugees

Dec 02, 2014 - 8:53 AM

Refugees in Jordan Lebanon Turkey Iraq and Egypt risk going hungry this winter if donors do not urgently provide the 64 million 51 million euros needed to finance the distribution of food vouchers through December

Volunteers from two of three non-governmental organizations currently operating relief groups in Arsal, Lebanon, after international humanitarian actors halted operations in the border town due to security reasons, distributes boxes of aid to Syrian refugees in Al-Masri refugee camp on October 25, 2014. Maya Hautefueille/AFP

Why we should end hunger

Nov 22, 2014 - 4:00 PM

What more reason do we need to end hunger? Nearly a billion people worldwide sleep on an empty stomach

#HungerProject: The key to solving hunger in our lifetime

Nov 15, 2014 - 6:56 PM

How can ZeroHunger ba achieved soon?