UN upgrades ports in post-tsunami Indonesia

A United Nations provider of emergency logistics support has upgraded port facilities and implemented training that will form the basis of a new university degree as part of its long-term commitment to the tsunami-ravaged region of Indonesia’s northern Sumatra region.

UN agency begins procurement scheme to benefit Ethiopian farmers

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a scheme to boost about 70,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia by buying the food they produce to use in the agency’s operations in the Horn of Africa country.

Funding shortage forces UN air service to halt aid flights in West Africa

A lack of funding has forced the United Nations food aid agency to suspend humanitarian flights to three West African countries from tomorrow, the agency reported today.

UN food relief agency enters partnership with Rome to fight hunger

The United Nations food relief agency and the Italian capital, Rome, today signed a partnership agreement under which the city – where the agency’s headquarters are located – will co-sponsor global efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition, scourges that afflict more than a billion people across the world every day.

UN agency seeks to step up effectiveness of food delivery in crisis zones

In a bid to ensure that the hungriest and most vulnerable people in crises are fed, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is tapping into the expertise of those at the forefront of business, humanitarian aid and technology.

Head of UN food aid agency begins visit to Brazil

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Sunday kicked off a two-day visit to Brazil during which she will see first-hand the impact of initiatives to combat hunger, as well as honour the nation's President for his leadership in tackling this vital issue.

UN official urges rich nations’ leaders to help end child malnutrition

The head of the United Nations food agency today urged leaders of the Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations to make combating child malnutrition a pillar of the their summit in Canada in June, saying poor nutrition is responsible for the death of 3.5 million children every year.

Asia to get new UN emergency response centre for disasters

With natural disasters on the rise, the United Nations is opening its first ever Asian emergency response centre to provide pre-positioned humanitarian aid within 48 hours of a crisis striking, following an agreement signed today with Malaysia.

Britain’s ‘Curry King’ shows Myanmar refugees way to nutritious food at UN event

Britain’s renowned “Curry King” has been giving poor refugee women in Bangladesh lessons on concocting nutritious dishes using United Nations food rations along with locally grown fruit and vegetables.

With better stoves, UN aims to cut risk of murder, rape for women seeking firewood

The United Nations today launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to some 150,000 women in Sudan and Uganda to cut the risks of murder, rape and other violence they face in gathering firewood, while at the same time protecting the environment.