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News from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes the UN Security Council’s recognition of conflict as a major cause of famine, and the call to enhance longer-term recovery and resilience of conflict-affected countries.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:00 pm
Amid rising violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7.7 million people face acute hunger - a 30 percent increase over the last year, FAO and WFP warned today in a new report.
Posted: August 13, 2017, 10:00 pm
Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year,warned today FAO.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 10:00 pm
Global food prices rose for the third consecutive month in July, driven mainly by higher cereal, sugar and dairy quotations.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 10:00 pm

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

PESHAWAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Directorate of Health Services in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, has formally launched a programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Stunting occurs when a child’s growth and development is impaired from poor nutrition. The effort aims to prevent chronic malnutrition in children under five years of age as well as in pregnant women and nursing mothers. In the Kurram Agency, stunting rates stand at 57.6 percent, which is alarmingly high and well above the global average.
Author: WFP
Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:06 am
Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley
Author: WFP
Posted: August 18, 2017, 7:06 am
DHAKA – A new study has shown that consuming fortified rice can significantly reduce anaemia and zinc deficiencies among the poorest women in Bangladesh. Conducted by the research centre icddr,b and on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the study measured the impact of providing rice enriched with micronutrients to women participating in the Government’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme. The study also found that fortified rice, when combined with training and cash grants for investment, can also contribute to women’s empowerment.
Author: WFP
Posted: August 17, 2017, 10:57 am
N’DJAMENA ── The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes Ja-pan’s contribution of US$2.6 million (Yen 300 million) to provide food assistance to 177,000 vulnerable people in Chad’s Sahel region, many of whom are uncertain where their next meal will come from.
Author: WFP
Posted: August 17, 2017, 10:15 am