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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

Groups urge government to 'immediately' pass Zero Hunger Bill

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Many Filipinos are no longer able to afford food that would properly nourish themselves and their families, says FIAN Philippines president and National Food Coalition convener Aurea Teves

HUNGER. FIAN Philippines, the National Food Coalition, along with farmers and fishermen groups, call on the government to act urgently to eradicate hunger in the country by 2030 by passing the proposed Zero Hunger Bill or the Right to Adequate Food Framework Bill. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: How poor do Filipinos rate themselves?

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Here’s how poor or hungry Filipinos have perceived themselves to be through the years

Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila on March 22, 2016.  Roughly one quarter of the nation's 100 million people live in poverty, which is defined as surviving on about one US dollar a day, according to government data. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

[OPINION] Food for thought: Hungry for change

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Please, before we say that we should not politicize food, consider this fact: literally everything we put in our mouths is political, and we haven't even started talking about sex

The long wait to 'Zero Hunger'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill?

Fast Facts: What has the government done to alleviate malnutrition?

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine government has shown a history of focused policy, but scattershot implementation

Hunger up in Metro Manila, Mindanao in Q2 2018 – SWS

Jul 24, 2018 - 5:10 PM

In contrast, hunger in Balance Luzon and the Visayas went down in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

FEEDING PROGRAM. Children queue for free ensaymada and juice during a feeding program in Baseco, Manila on July 4, 2018, as President Rodrigo Duterte recently signs into law the establishment of a national feeding program to address hunger and undernutrition. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How home gardens can help fight malnutrition

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:38 PM

According to the National Nutrition Council, food gardening may be an answer to the problem of hunger and malnutrition

[OPINION] Data science in nation-building: The unsung profession that will change PH

May 04, 2018 - 10:11 AM

All one needs is a sense of curiosity and a knack for perseverance, for everything you could possibly need to know about the field is available online on YouTube, through massive online open courses, and other tutorials

Self-rated hunger in PH returns to downward trend at 9.9%

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:31 PM

The March 2018 numbers show significant improvement after a spike in the December 2017 survey, where self-rated hunger was 15.9%

POVERTY. A man living under the Estero de Vitas bridge washes clothes at his home in Tondo in Manila on July 16, 2017. The Philippine economy has sustained one of the fastest growth rates in Asia, official data showed on May 18, 2017 which analysts said signalled strong economic leadership from President Rodrigo Duterte even as he wages a deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

[OPINION] Economic hardship in the time of Duterte: Here’s the data

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Economic woes, if unabated, could lead to social unrest. Recall that it was not so much Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983 that led to EDSA 1, but the deep, painful recession in 1984 to 1985 that preceded it.

Why are feeding programs important in the fight vs hunger?

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The proposed National School Feeding Program bill aims to provide free and sustainable feeding programs in all public schools across the country

Millennial heroes: stories of service

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Sometimes we’re guilty of living inside bubbles. Minding our own problems can seem enough of a cross to carry. But we need to take several steps back to realize that the universe is bigger than us. The following millennials have made it their mission to help others. What can you do to make your stay in this world worthwhile?

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:21 PM

As disasters compete for our attention, they make it harder for people in poor, marginalized and war-torn regions to access adequate food

IMPOVERISHED. In this file photo, Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. Photo by Nichole Sobecki / AFP

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The Council for Health and Development calls for genuine land reform, saying it is 'the most effective and efficient solution to the current food crisis in the Philippines'

The Sumilao farmers, a decade after they marched for their rights

Oct 15, 2017 - 3:13 PM

'Gusto din namin pakita yun progress din namin... Eto 'yung mangyayari kapag ang mga magsasaka ay may kanilang sariling lupa.'

DECADE AFTER. The lives of the Sumilao farmers have changed in so many ways 10 years after they fought for their rights.

Sara Duterte says father's critics in Senate once asked for his help

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:41 PM

In a Facebook post, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio calls out 3 opposition senators for being 'plastic and opportunists'

STAND AGAINST DUTERTE. 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of various groups and politicians from the opposition launches on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Solving hunger: Why it’s important for millennials to help out

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Hunger stunts the potential of the youth. How does it worsen existing problems in the country?

#2030NOW: Curbing hunger and restoring children's dignity

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:33 PM

The UN Sustainable Development Goals include achieving zero hunger, minimizing stunting by 40%, and reducing childhood wasting to less than 5%

UNITED FOR NUTRITION. Eunice Braga of Ogilvy & Mather presents United for Healthier Kids battle against malnutrition. Rappler photo

Can P16 a day save PH kids from malnutrition?

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The budget for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s supplemental feeding program sees a drop of P1 billion

NUTRITION. Mother with her children during a feeding program in Malabon City on May 10, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No hungry Filipino: How aquaponics can help in food production

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Barangay Aquaponics promotes water based farming to help Filipinos grow their own food and become entrepreneurs

WATER-BASED FARMING. Barangay Aquaponics aims to promote water-based farming as a sustainable means of food production. Photo from Uproot Aquaponics Facebook page

Quezon City breast milk bank saves 165 infants

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The city government of Quezon City helps 165 premature and undernourished infants through its Quezon City Human Milk Bank QCHMB

FOR DELIVERY. The Quezon City government now uses motorcycles to pick up and deliver breastmilk to the Quezon City Human Milk Bank (QCHMB)

Combating malnutrition: The key to the Philippines’ long-term success

Jul 13, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Members of the private sector and the government need to invest in nutrition to secure a better future for the next generation

WATCH: The realities of malnutrition among children

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The issue of hunger and malnutrition is real but it can still be solved in this lifetime

What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

How to feed a billion people (and get rock-hard abs)

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:55 PM

By protecting fisheries humanity can raise yearly wild seafood yields by 100 million metric tonnes – enough to feed a billion people every day forever

CORAL TRIANGLE. A vast shoal of sardines surround a diver in the Visayas. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle, the world’s most biodiverse marine area. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin/Oceana

#HangryAboutHunger: Join the fight to end hunger

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:51 PM

Read on what people have to say about hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines

List: Places where you can volunteer and help children fight hunger

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Want to make your weekends or summer break more meaningful? Try volunteering at these places around the Philippines

Food insecurity 'widespread' in North Korea – UN-led report

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Around 41 – 10 5 million people – are undernourished says a group of UN agencies and NGOs

This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

WATCH: Why solving hunger matters

Mar 15, 2017 - 2:53 PM

A panel of experts and advocates will discuss hunger and malnutrition in the PH Tune in on Wednesday March 15 at 4 pm to find out what you can do to help

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

Yemen could face famine in 2017 – UN

Jan 27, 2017 - 9:12 AM

About 14 million people – nearly 80 of the entire Yemeni population – are in need of food aid half of whom are severely food insecure

SHARING. Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on the road leading to the southwestern port city of Mokha on January 26, 2017. File photo by Saleh Al-obeidi/AFP

PH-SoKor, hunger, Trump | Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Ana Arceo

SWS: 3.1 million Filipino families suffer from hunger in Q4 2016

Jan 24, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The latest figure is higher than the 3rd quarter s estimated 2 4 million families

Inspire action: U4HK continues the fight against hunger and malnutrition

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:01 PM

At a forum hosted by the United for Healthier Kids U4HK last January 18 experts gathered to discuss how citizens can do their part in fighting malnutrition

FIRST STEP. Paolo Mercado shows how anyone can access the U4HK website and help in anyway that they can.

WATCH: U4HK kicks off campaign against child malnutrition with Nestlé Philippines

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:57 PM

On its 3rd year United for Healthier Kids U4HK and Nestle Philippines continue their advocacy to create public awareness and action on child malnutrition Watch the campaign launch LIVE from the Green Sun Hotel on Wednesday January 18 7pm onwards

Rappler's hunger animation awarded by Save the Children Media Awards

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:01 AM

The animated video a part of Rappler’s HungerProject campaign discusses the global situation of hunger and malnutrition and how collective action can help end these problems

#ShareLove: Volunteer group feeds Manila's homeless on Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The volunteer non profit Food for Empowerment in Emergencies and Disasters feeds 1 000 homeless in Manila and gives them relief packs for Christmas

SPIRIT OF GIVING. FEED and Bike Scouts volunteers prepare meals for the homeless of Manila. Photo by Arlit Janry Parlero/ Rappler

Rappler journalists finalists in 2016 Save the Children Media Awards

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:43 AM

The annual competition seeks to encourage and engage members of the media to continue raising the public’s awareness regarding the reality of hunger and malnutrition’s impact on Filipino children and their families

A boy prepares the fishes for cooking which were caught at the Pasig river. All photos by Mark Saludes/Rappler

US says Syrian regime using starvation as 'weapon of war'

Oct 29, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Washington is currently weighing further sanctions against Syria and a push for justice at the International Criminal Court in the Hague

ATTACKED. A damaged truck carrying aid is seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

The state of hunger and malnutrition in the PH

Oct 19, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Hunger and malnutrition among children can be solved in this lifetime. know more about the pressing issue and see how you can help find a solution

Beyond the first 100 days: What other ‘wars’ can we focus on?

Oct 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Perhaps it’s time for us to initiate the policy process from below – for the people to articulate the policies they would like the Duterte government to act on

LGUs fighting students' hunger through 'central kitchen'

Sep 27, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Under the central kitchen model food for public elementary students is prepared in one place and then distributed to different schools

PREPARED WITH LOVE. Volunteers prepare food for beneficiaries of a central kitchen in Maguindanao. Photo from Gawad Kalinga

1 in 3 Filipino kids still malnourished, stunted – study

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:40 PM

The study also notes that 20 of kids under 5 years old die due to poor health services

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

Senate bill: Restaurants must donate excess food to charities

Jul 24, 2016 - 4:45 PM

The proposed Zero Food Waste Act seeks to improve the state of food security in the Philippines

epa01769192 A Filipino couple try to feed their children as they share a bowl of rice at a roadside in an urban poor district of Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 22 June 2009. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that world hunger could reach a historic high in 2009, with 1.02 billion people going hungry every day. The FAO reports that poor communities have less access to food due to lower income, rising unemployment and rising prices of food resulting from the world economic crisis. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Duterte: Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat will be priority for dev't

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:17 PM

The 2 provinces are on record as having among the highest incidences of hunger

Addressing malnutrition, one meal at a time

Jul 10, 2016 - 12:49 PM

I became obsessed with a single dream: to bring Mingo to the periphery of Bukidnon to make it available to hungry little stomachs in its mountains

CHILDREN. Northern Mindanao's prevalence of stunted children under 5 is higher than the national average. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler