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United Nations finalizes accord with Yemen rebels to resume food aid

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:03 PM

The agreement includes a biometric database of civilians in need of aid in order to guarantee 'effective and efficient distribution' and to 'benefit the most needy'

UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Conflicts and climate-related shocks have recently sent levels of world hunger marching back up, following decades of steady decline,' the UN and EU say

FOOD SECURITY. File photo from Shutterstock.

Food aid suspended as Myanmar state sinks deeper into violence

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Relief agencies have repeatedly been accused by Myanmar authorities of allowing their rations to fall into the hands of Rohingya militants

IMPOVERISHED. The widespread persecution of the impoverished community in Myanmar's Rakhine state is one of the primary causes for the current regional exodus, alongside growing numbers trying to escape poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh. File Photo by AFP

IN PHOTOS: PH launches guidelines on managing moderate acute malnutrition

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:02 PM

The DOH and WFP showcase ready to use supplementary food as well as various measuring devices that would determine if a child is suffering from malnutrition

FIGHTING MALNUTRITION. A device that can be used to measure the height of infants to determine possible malnutrition. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

UN food agency hopes for continued US funding

Jan 27, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Foreign Policy magazine reports on Thursday January 26 it had seen an executive order from President Donald Trump s administration that proposed cuts of 40 in voluntary US funding for UN agencies

FUNDING SUPPORT PROGRAMS. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), speaks during an interview with AFP on the humanitarian situation in Middle East and North Africa, on July 12, 2016. Photo by Khalil Mazraawi/ 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

UN says Syria aid drops not 'imminent' despite pleas

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:15 AM

Britain and France are calling for urgent aid for besieged Syrian towns particularly Daraya Moadamiyeh and Madaya

epa05097659 Syrians from the besieged town of Madaya leave towards the capital for treatment, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, 11 January 2016. Three trucks carrying long-awaited food and medical supplies entered the Syrian town of Madaya on 11 January with Doctors without Borders (MSF) saying almost 30 people there have died of starvation after a months-long siege by government forces. At the same time, three aid trucks entered the isolated north-western Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya, which have been besieged by hardline Islamist rebels, Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

US aid ship docks with food for Sudan war zones

May 05, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The shipment will meet food needs of at least one million internally displaced people and 200 000 South Sudanese for 3 months WFP Sudan chief Adnan Khan tells reporters

World Food Programme, DSWD launch Visayas disaster response center

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Centers in Clark and General Santos City are being considered to ensure immediate response of the government wherever a disaster strikes in the country

INCREASED CAPACITY. The Visayas Disaster Response Center aims to enhance government response capacity. Image courtesy DSWD

Malawi, Mozambique issue drought alerts as crisis spreads

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED More people will need humanitarian relief assistance from 2016 to 2017 due to food shortages

A Malawian farmer works, 12 October 2005, on his land in Nsanje district several hundred Kms south of the main town Blantyre. Due to a severe drought that this year has hit Malawi, one of the poorest country in Africa, most of the land is dry and has not produced the expected quantity of maize. Aid agencies in Malawi are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis stemming from the double effect of drought that has cut output of maize, the staple food, by a quarter and AIDS. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

UN food agency says funding target met for Syrian refugees

Feb 29, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The UN food agency says an unprecedented response to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees

WAITING. Migrants and refugees wait at Istanbul's Esenler Bus Terminal for buses to the Turkish-Greek border after authorities withheld tickets to Turkish border towns on September 16, 2015. Photo by Yasin Akgul / AFP

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

INFOGRAPHIC: PH hunger in numbers

Nov 30, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Some provinces are in a tighter situation than others But why?

INFOGRAPHIC: Inside the poorest PH homes

Nov 25, 2015 - 4:29 PM

The Philippines is praised by other governments worldwide for its booming economy but actual Filipino homes paint a different story

Josette Sheeran on the 'APEC divide' from both extremes

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED The former head of the World Food Programme and vice chairman of the World Economic Forum provides an insight into the relevance of high level summits like APEC

Who should solve the poor man's hunger woes?

Nov 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM

The country s poorest provinces are divided on whether it is the government or the families themselves that should be responsible for their lack of food

Simot plato: The poor waste no food

Nov 10, 2015 - 12:23 PM

More than half of poor Filipino households among the country s poorest provinces say they do not waste food an August September 2015 World Food Programme survey reveals

Utang po: The poor have to borrow money to eat

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:35 PM

Among the poorest provinces in the Philippines majority of the poor borrow money from retail stores to survive food shortages

FOOD SECURITY. Among the poorest provinces in the Philippines, majority of poor families borrow money from retail stores to survive food shortage

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

Barong-barong: State of poor man's housing

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:59 AM

With the Philippines being hailed as Asia s rising tiger it might be forgotten that some of its cubs are growing hungrier by the day

UN warns of 'storm' of famine in conflict-hit Yemen

Aug 20, 2015 - 12:41 AM

More than 1 2 million children are suffering from moderate to acute malnutrition and over half a million children are severely malnourished

WATER SHORTAGE. Yemenis wait to fill jerrycans with clean water from a water tanker provided by a wealthy Yemeni amid disruption of water supplies in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 May 2015. Photo by EPA.

Fighting famine, holding off hunger

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Political commitment on hunger is in the hands of the people says DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman

ZERO HUNGER? According to WFP country director Praveen Agrawal, hunger alleviation initiatives should be inclusive, holistic, and integrated. Graphics by Nico Villarete

DSWD and WFP collaborate on disaster preparedness

Jun 30, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Before the typhoon season rolls in the DSWD and the World Food Programme reassess disaster response mechanisms both agencies undertook in the past years

PEOPLE POWER. The people are the greatest assets in improving disaster risk reduction and management programs. Graphics by Nico Villarete

Rappler Talk: Ending hunger and poverty in the Philippines

Jun 29, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Rappler talked to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the World Food Programme on Monday June 29 about the impact and importance of hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation programs in the Philippines

Hunger and malnutrition threaten refugees

May 22, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Leaving their countries with only the clothes on their back refugees need to feed and nourish themselves under harsh conditions

The roadmap to ending global hunger

May 06, 2015 - 8:36 PM

The 4 pillars against hunger include emergencies safety nets nutrition and agriculture

UN Security Council declines to back Russia's Yemen appeal

May 02, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Diplomats say the Russian statement appealing for an immediate ceasefire or at least humanitarian pause in Yemen was not rejected out of hand but that council members need time to consider the wording

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

How to help Nepal earthquake victims

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:03 PM

You can donate to international organizations listed here to help the victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal

HELP. A group of men carry a person on a stretcher after a powerful earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Pacman donate P5.3M to fight hunger

Mar 04, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Press release from World Food Programme: Manny Pacquiao alongside restaurants donate cash to fight hunger

FIGHTING HUNGER. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell hand over P 5.3 million to WFP for its school feeding program in Central Mindanao. Photo by Anthony Chase Lim/WFP Philippines

DSWD and WFP partner for enhancing disaster preparedness

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Press release: The United Nations World Food Programme is partnering with the Philippine government to further build capacity for disaster preparedness and response in the country

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and World Food Program Country Director Praveen Agrawal exchange documents during the Signing Ceremony for the Letter of Understanding between the DSWD and the UN-WFP on Disaster Preparedness and Response Capacity Enhancement Project.

Improving the PH hunger situation in 2014

Dec 20, 2014 - 6:19 PM

The Philippines did not achieve ZeroHunger in 2014 but different projects and programs show that the fight is still going on

Needs assessment over #RubyPH to begin Dec 8

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:55 AM

UPDATED Humanitarian agencies are sending unmanned aerial vehicles to assess the situation in affected areas and gathering social media to know the needs of affected communities

Why we should end hunger

Nov 22, 2014 - 4:00 PM

What more reason do we need to end hunger? Nearly a billion people worldwide sleep on an empty stomach

#HungerProject: The key to solving hunger in our lifetime

Nov 15, 2014 - 6:56 PM

How can ZeroHunger ba achieved soon?

#HungerProject: Aiming for #ZeroHunger

Nov 14, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Aiming for ZeroHunger highlights the best practices and challenges faced by those fighting hunger and malnutrition in the country

Nutrition and the Philippines: 'Nation at risk'

Oct 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

Right now we’re seeing a fight Policy versus practice says Florinda Panlilio of the National Nutrition Council

What's it like to be a humanitarian worker?

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:42 PM

On Tuesday August 19 the world will observe the Humanitarian Day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world

UN to feed up to one million people hit by Ebola

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:40 PM

The restrictions on movement in the most affected areas threatens food security WFP spokeswoman Fabienne Pompey says

Gaza toll passes 300 as UN's Ban heads to region

Jul 19, 2014 - 10:52 AM

2nd UPDATE Israel s ground incursion launched on the 10th day of an operation to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza has killed dozens and forced thousands of people to flee

Ending the malnutrition cycle

Jul 17, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Even in malnutrition prevention is always better than cure

CYCLE. Malnutrition, if not prevented, can affect generations to come. Screenshot from WFP video

How local crops can end malnutrition

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The key to fighting hunger may already be in your home garden

How can LGUs help prevent hunger?

Jul 08, 2014 - 9:30 AM

An early warning system for hunger and food insecurity helps local government units create timely interventions

Plenty of food, little nutrition in Benguet

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:57 PM

Atok Benguet is abundant with vegetables and yet more than 25 of its children are stunted or short for their age

ON TOP. The journey to Atok, Benguet is long and cold. But the scenery makes up for it. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

A different kind of Hunger Game

Jun 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Regardless of the score a completed quiz provides a warm and healthy meal to a hungry child in countries covered by WFP including the Philippines

EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE. Netizens can take the first step against hunger by taking the online quiz of the World Food Programme.

Social media against hunger

May 31, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Do you surf the Internet often? Why not make the most out of social media and use it as a tool to help fight hunger?

SOCIAL MEDIA VS HUNGER. Social media can be an effective tool in raising awareness about hunger, as well as translating that awareness into concrete action and results offline. Graphic by Jessica Lazaro/

TV5 to DSWD: Show proof footage manipulated

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:11 PM

DSWD responds: Scenes shown in report not shot in the same place

Screenshot from TV5

DSWD accuses TV5 of manipulating video footage

Apr 23, 2014 - 7:35 AM

The network however stands by its story and maintains it did not withhold any information from the DSWD

Food for work helps 6,000 families in Zambo city

Apr 14, 2014 - 2:12 PM

WFP s food for work program helps Zamboanga City residents get back on their feet

KC Concepcion's fight against hunger

Apr 11, 2014 - 12:18 PM

KC Concepcion discusses her fight against hunger in the Philippines and indifference toward it

KC Concepcion joins World Food Programme's Yolanda operations

Apr 11, 2014 - 12:03 AM

The WFP s National Ambassador Against Hunger goes to Leyte to distribute specialized foods to almost 100 000 undernourished children

REACHING OUT. KC Concepcion, WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger, assists in nutrition programs in Yolanda-affected areas. Photo from WFP