Two UN agencies intensify efforts to help world’s poor and hungry

The United Nations development and food agencies have pledged to jointly redouble efforts to help the world’s poor and hungry, it was announced today.

Text messaging helps thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria receive UN food aid

Tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria will now be able to receive United Nations food aid by exchanging coupons sent to their mobile telephones as the first such electronic food voucher system in the world moves beyond its pilot phase to embrace those living outside Damascus, the capital.

‘No time to relax’ in the fight against hunger, top UN official warns

Calling hunger “the most severe face of poverty,” the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that only swift and committed action by global leaders will make the difference for the millions of people worldwide who have to subsist on one meal or even less every day.

Guatemala: UN agency hands out food to victims of landslides and floods

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing rations to more than 100,000 Guatemalans who need emergency assistance after recent torrential rains in the Central American country brought deadly landslides and floods.

UN salutes Cape Verde’s full ownership of free school meals programme

Cape Verde’s Government took full ownership of its free meals programme for schoolchildren today after more than three decades of collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), with the United Nations agency voicing hope that it will set an example for other developing countries to follow.

UN agency chief pledges support for Africa’s efforts to boost food security

The United Nations is committed to helping African nations combat hunger and malnutrition as well as enabling the continent to feed itself, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) has pledged.

Small-scale farmers in Malawi latest beneficiaries under UN local purchase scheme

Malawi has become the latest country to join an innovative scheme by which the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations.

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.