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Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected – United Nations

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Getting to a world where no one is suffering from hunger by then remains an 'immense challenge,' the report says

FIGHTING WORLD HUNGER. FIAN-Philippines and the National Food Coalition celebrate the 2018 World Food Day in Payatas, Quezon City on October 24, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

North Korea food production down in 2018 – U.N. body

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Rice and maize are the North's main staples, but rice output is expected to be below average because of erratic rains and low irrigation supplies

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

LOOK: Megan Young is ambassador for #ZeroHunger

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The actress and former Miss World titleholder lends her support to the Department of Agriculture and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Global demand for food products to slow – FAO

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:09 PM

One of the main reasons given for the decline is a slowdown in growth in China where incomes over the outlook period are projected to flatline driving down spending on foodstuffs

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Nearly 5 million people are facing starvation and famine the government says

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

What did the UN do for PH? Disaster response, health programs, and more

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The Philippines has been a beneficiary of different United Nations programs for many years especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

'Ground-breaking' accord on illegal fishing enters force

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The international treaty called the Port State Measures Agreement becomes legally binding in 29 countries

epa05110323 A Myanmar migrant fisherman enjoys a drink on a Thai fishing boat after unloading fish at a jetty in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, 19 January 2016. The European Union's technical team arrive Thailand to observe the Thai government's progress in tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing problem. Thai fishing industry has accused and warned by EU over illegal fishing and the abuse of worker in the industry. The European Union threatened an import ban on Thai seafood products in its market if the country's IUU fishing situation not improve. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

El Niño dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Niña looms

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The regional fever is expected to break by mid year but fears are growing that an equally forceful La Niña will follow

DROUGHT. A photo made available on April 1, 2016 shows Thai villagers walking on drought-parched land near the dried up Phayao Lake in Phayao province, northern Thailand, March 29, 2016. Thailand is facing a water shortage caused by the worst drought in decades, exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon and combined with seasonal hot weather. File photo by Chaichan Chaimun/EPA

War-torn South Sudan starvation levels 'alarming' – UN

Mar 29, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns of acute malnutrition and the effects of record high food prices

A family from the Dinka community have lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, on February 26, 2016. The Dinka community sought refugee in this school after fleeing from the clashes in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site. The United States forcefully condemned fatal clashes at a United Nations compound sheltering civilians in South Sudan and urged authorities to investigate the incident, which witnesses said involved government troops. At least 18 people and more than 70 others were wounded in the violence Wednesday to Thursday at the camp in the town of Malakal, the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.    / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran

40,000 starving to death as S.Sudan teeters on famine: UN

Feb 08, 2016 - 10:37 PM

At least 40 000 people are starving to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine the United Nations say in a plea to rival forces to let aid in

AFTERMATH. Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. In January Martha fled with her husband and five children into the bush, where they lived for months before returning home in May to find their home burned and food stores looted. Photo by Nichole Sobecki / AFP

Plenty of fish in the sea? Maybe not, says study

Jan 20, 2016 - 1:13 PM

The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance

In this file photo, group of fishermen empty their nets at a beach of the Indian Ocean in Aceh, Indonesia, December 22, 2015.Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Farmers, fisherfolk: Portraits of resilience after Yolanda

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Agriculture in the areas damaged by Yolanda are on the path to recovery by learning more advanced farming techniques

RECOVERY. With a larger role in the value chain, Marife Jalbay and other members of the Abejao Farmers Association in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, now enjoy improved incomes from producing cassava chips. Image courtesy of R. Cabrera/FAO

Indonesians' new love for steak means increased greenhouse gas emissions

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:06 PM

Emissions are predicted to jump dramatically as demand skyrockets since the livestock sector is a major contributor to climate change – accounting for 14 5 of the total global amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity

LOVE FOR STEAK. Indonesians' growing love for meat means more greenhouse gas emissions from the country of 250 million people. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

What causes food insecurity in the PH's poorest provinces?

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Families in the Philippines poorest provinces cite inadequate income and lack of a job as reasons why they experience hunger

Programs for women have 'stronger' impact vs malnutrition

Oct 23, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Programs that empower women especially those in the poorest sector can help end the persistent cycle of hunger and malnutrition says a Food and Agricultural Organization report

LIVELIHOOD. Women organic farmers are taught on the many ways they can earn from their gardens. Photo from SARILAYA

Ending hunger, ensuring nutrition by 2030

Sep 14, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ending hunger should include making sure that nutritional standards are met in each country in the world by 2030

LIQUIDATION. More than P1 billion worth of lawmakers' discretionary funds that were supposed to be used for agriculture projects have yet to be accounted for, the Commission on Audit said in a 2013 audit report. File photo by Rappler

$267B more needed each year to end hunger by 2030 – UN report

Aug 18, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The amount each year – an average of 160 P7 419 a year per poor person – should be invested in social protection programs

ASIA AND HUNGER. Asia Pacific still registers the most number of undernourished people in the world.

10 good practices to address child labor in agriculture

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:05 AM

A new guide released by the Food and Agriculture Organization aims to help in reducing the number of child workers all over the world

Pope Francis: Beyond reports, action vs hunger more important

Jun 17, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Pope Francis urges countries to create a sense of global solidarity to ensure food security

FAO launches digital platform to help family farmers

Jun 17, 2015 - 6:33 PM

The Food and Agricultural Organization launches a digital platform to bridge the gap between policymakers and family farmers

BIG CONTRIBUTION. Family farmers tend 75% of the world's agricultural resources. File photo by Karl Malakunas/AFP

The future of food security

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Without the price support for farmers local rice production will become less profitable and will result in the bankruptcy of farmers

Social protection programs vital to fight vs hunger

Jun 03, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The 2015 State of Food Security in the World report reveals that social protection plays a big role in the developing world meeting its MDG hunger target

'Significant progress' in food security seen in PH – FAO report

May 29, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Despite this progress the country still faces extreme challenges of malnutrition and hunger

Asia Pacific still home to most of world's undernourished – report

May 29, 2015 - 12:13 AM

Despite halving the number of undernourished people the Asia Pacific still has 490 million people suffering from chronic hunger

8 guidelines to make small scale fishing more sustainable

May 16, 2015 - 7:37 PM

A comprehensive human rights based approach will make municipal fishing a better contributor to food security and poverty eradication

Toward an effective ASEAN strategy against hunger

May 05, 2015 - 11:40 PM

In ending hunger in the ASEAN region it is important to incorporate priorities in constructed strategies

Gov't and private sector meet to strengthen sustainable forestry practices in Asia

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Announcement: The three day workshop seeks to strengthen policies and practice on sustainable management in Asia

How expiring fruits and veggies can help end hunger

Mar 19, 2015 - 7:29 PM

How do you feed 9 billion people by 2050? Graduate students propose to extend the life of about to expire fruits and vegetables

How ASEAN is trying to end hunger and food insecurity

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Cooperation and camaraderie need to be fostered among ASEAN member states to attain goals

Too little, too much: The problem with double burden malnutrition

Feb 17, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Double burden malnutrition means most children s food intake is either continuously insufficient or in excess of dietary energy requirements

Pope Francis: Feed the hungry, save lives

Jan 10, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Filipinos may learn a thing or two from the Holy Father about ending hunger in the country

UN global meet on malnutrition kicks off in Rome

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Representatives from 190 countries are expected to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition CIN2 boasting appearances from leaders including Pope Francis

Asia grapples with food safety as incomes rise

Oct 06, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Changing consumption patterns driven by Asia s expanding middle class the globalization of the food chain and the transfer of new diseases from animals to humans have made it more complicated to combat the risks

YUMMY... AND SAFE? A customer eats lunch at a restaurant in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 8, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

100M people saved from hunger over last decade – UN

Sep 16, 2014 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED The UN s food agencies still warns that despite the progress made about 805 million people in the world or one in nine suffer from hunger

'Food safety critical to PH future'

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Making sure food is safe is critical to our future

Malnutrition kills over 3 million toddlers a year – UN

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Malnutrition is responsible for about half of all child deaths under 5 years of age causing over three million deaths every year the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO says

MALNUTRITION. Aside from its impacts on physical health, malnutrition also imposes social and economic burdens on countries. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Genetic code of bloodsucking tsetse fly cracked

Apr 25, 2014 - 9:24 AM

The major scientific breakthrough is expected to speed up research on controlling the tsetse fly the bane of farmers in sub Saharan Africa

Tools to help you minimize food waste

Jan 23, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Every Filipino wastes 3 3 kg of rice a year equivalent to over 300 000 metric tons nationwide

SMART SOLUTIONS. Stop food waste from your smart phone with these helpful apps. Photo from shutterstock

UN supplies seeds for typhoon-hit PH farmers

Dec 17, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Without the seeds farmers affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan would not have been able to harvest rice for almost a year until October or November 2014

RAVAGED. Galvanized iron liters a rice field after it was blown off from houses at the height of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the town center of Hernani, Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 18, 2013, over a week after the storm devastated the area. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Brazil dreams of zero hunger

Dec 14, 2013 - 9:24 PM

Through Brazil s government program Fome Zero a well informed public becomes the country s greatest weapon against hunger

Did you know you can help stop hunger?

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:07 AM

Watch and share and be a step closer to creating greater awareness about hunger

WE CAN STOP HUNGER. Join the conversation and engage in ways to help.

FAO: Typhoon-hit farmers risk 'double tragedy'

Nov 27, 2013 - 9:41 PM

The UN agency urges international donors to front at least 11 million to help rural people in the Philippines clean farmland and de silt irrigation canals

RAVAGED. Galvanized iron liters a rice field after it was blown off from houses at the height of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the town center of Hernani, Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 18, 2013, over a week after the storm devastated the area. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

World food prices are steadying: UN

Nov 07, 2013 - 6:42 PM

The UN s food agency says the trend was due to improved supplies and a recovery in global inventories of cereals

STEADY. The UN's food agency says global food prices are steady due to improved supply of cereals. AFP PHOTO

Ending hunger is possible, UN says on World Food Day

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:16 PM

The number of the world s hungry has gone down in recent years but still stands at 842 million people

HUNGER DOWN. The United Nations says world hunger rates has dropped to one in 8 people. In this photo, Filipino street children take a meal at a street in Parañaque, Philippines, 15 August 2013. EPA/Francis R Malasig

World hungry drop to one in 8 people – UN

Oct 01, 2013 - 8:25 PM

842 million people – 12 of the world s population – did not have enough food for an active and healthy life down from 868 million for the period 2010 to 2012

HUNGER DOWN. The United Nations says world hunger rates has dropped to one in 8 people. In this photo, Filipino street children take a meal at a street in Parañaque, Philippines, 15 August 2013. EPA/Francis R Malasig

Livestock is major contributor to global warming – UN

Sep 26, 2013 - 6:25 PM

The Food and Agriculture Organization says methane from livestock every year is equivalent to around 144 million tons of oil

MINDING THE HERD. A cowboy drives cattle at a farm in Sao Felix do Xingu, Para state, northern Brazil, on August 8, 2013. AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba

Roots breakthrough for drought-resistant rice

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:12 PM

Japanese biotechnologists on Sunday said they had developed a rice plant with deeper roots that can sustain high yields in droughts

Image courtesy of Nature Genetics