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WFP (World Food Programme)

WFP is a voluntarily-funded part of the United Nations system that fights hunger worldwide. Its five main objectives are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, prepare for emergencies, restore and rebuild lives after emergencies, reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition everywhere, and strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger.

The Philippines Exhausts Its Alphabet of Natural Disasters

Perhaps it is only this running out of letters -- these A to Z typhoons -- that, to some extent, accounts for the attitude of Tacloban's citizens: always self-controlled, smiling, friendly, and polite, they keep on doing whatever they can to improve their situation. Many have lost every last thing they had, and many still have no idea what happened to their families. Numerous children are on their own, with no living relatives.

Typhoon-ravaged Tacloban sees first signs of international aid effort

While the World Food Programme was able to distribute rice to nearly 50,000 people in Tacloban on Wednesday, the agency said in its Twitter feed that the challenge was now "getting food from Manila to the people who need it most".

"The logistical challenges are still enormous given the scale of the disaster," said Alvaro Villanueva, of Action Against Hunger. "Access to the worst-affected areas is extremely difficult given the extent of the damage and the geography."

Mali recovery hampered by poverty and food insecurity

"Alousseini – whose two youngest children are malnourished and receiving sachets of Plumpy'nut at the centre from the World Food Programme (WFP) and Action Contre la Faim (ACF) – has a personal story that embodies much of the history of Mali's conflict. Driven from Gao long before the war by poverty and food shortages, she and her family moved to Benghazi in Libya, where her husband found work."

Why cash schemes are popular in Sahel hunger response

Many aid groups responding to a looming hunger crisis in West Africa have made cash-for-work schemes a key part of their effort to help people threatened by severe food shortages.

These initiatives involve paying people for community tasks with money or vouchers that can be exchanged for food in local stores.

More than 11 million people face a food crisis in the Sahel region south of the Sahara as a result of bad harvests from drought and erratic rainfall as well as high prices for staples, the United Nations says.

Climate Change: More than just a word game

Including such words in the text of the proposed climate change deal can translate into money for programmes related to them, says Jazmin Burgess, a climate change policy and research officer with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Women and children are the most vulnerable segment of any society - children even more so - she maintains.

Uganda

As of 2011, some five years after the collapse of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s insurgency in northern Uganda, some semblance of stability returned to Uganda’s troubled North, bringing more than 20 years of insecurity and displacement to a close while unleashing new needs as the displaced sought a return to their pre-crisis lives.

South Sudan

A crisis in South Sudan erupted in December of 2013, only three years into this fragile country’s independence. Due to violent conflict between The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and its opposition, more than 1.5 million South Sudanese have fled their homes in search of safety, with some 400,000 of these people seeking refuge in neighboring nations.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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