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Hunger rife among Rohingya children after Myanmar crackdown -WFP

More than 80,000 young children may need treatment for malnutrition in part of western Myanmar where the army cracked down on stateless Rohingya Muslims last year, the World Food Programme said. In the first detailed on-the-ground assessment of the community affected by the violence since October, the WFP interviewed 450 families in 45 villages in Maungdaw district in March and April. "The survey confirmed a worsening of the food security situation in already highly vulnerable areas (since October)," the agency said. About a third of those surveyed reported "extreme ...food insecurity" such as going a day and night without eating

July 5, 2017

U.N. glimpses into blockchain future with eye scan payments for refugees

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan`s Azraq camp don`t pay for their food with cash but by a scan of their eyes. Purchases are then recorded on a computing platform based on block chain - the technology behind bitcoin. Iris recognition devices at the checkouts of the camp`s supermarket authenticate customers` identities and deduct what they spend from sums they receive as aid from the World Food Programme. The U.N. agency launched the futuristic system in May as a one-month pilot involving 10,000 of Azraq`s more than 50,000 inhabitants in a bid to explore block chain`s potential to cut costs and bottlenecks

June 21, 2017
June 20, 2017

Early weather forecasts key to saving lives in drought - U.N.

With droughts set to become more frequent due to global warming, delivering timely, long-term weather forecasts to farmers in the developing world will be key to limiting damage and saving lives, the head of the U.N. food agency said. Better access to reliable weather data and early warning systems could help farmers in rural areas get ready to endure long spells of no rain, said FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva. "Most of the times poor rural communities in developing countries don`t even know that a drought is about to strike," he added

June 19, 2017

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Exclusive: With Nigeria's northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up in weeks – sources

Reuters reported that the UN World Food Programme could run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, thereby intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. With the money they have now WFP can only last until May 18th, a source told Reuters, although the WFP said it was reasonably certain it had funds to stretch to the end of June

April 14, 2017
March 17, 2017
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108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity: World Food Programme report

A report by the World Food Programme states that around 108 million people in the world were severely facing food insecurity in 2016. Notably, this figure has risen from 80 million in 2015 which indicates the situation is worsening. The WFP report lists 18 countries in which it projects the prevailing Food Security crisis Phase 3. Yemen tops the list with 14.1m people, about half the population facing severe food insecurity. Ethiopia and Afghanistan came in second and third with 9.7m and 8.5m facing food insecurity respectively

April 3, 2017
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