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"world food program" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Quickly expand its military and create new commands near Europe, there are some details now from Bloomberg's Amy Morris in Washington. Russia's defense minister says they'll create new structures on the border with Finland, plus what he calls self sufficient units will be set up on the Ukrainian territories that Russia illegally annexed. They plan to create three new motorized infantry divisions and two airborne divisions as they boost the military sized one and a half million people, they just haven't said how quickly that could happen. The Kremlin has not said how it will recruit all the new troops, but it has proposed raising the draft age. In Washington, I made me Morris Bloomberg radio. As world leaders meet in Davos, Switzerland, World Food Program executive director David Beasley, is urging action on what he calls a major food crisis. He says the war in Ukraine has disrupted markets and magnified food scarcity. The number is now jumped from 276 million people, the 350 million people marching to starvation, not knowing where the next meal is coming from because the Ukraine alone grew enough food to feed 400 million people. David Beasley says climate change and COVID-19 have also contributed to the global food crisis. While margarine and butter are among the grocery Staples costing American consumers more, analysts say margarine has gone up 44% from a year ago with butter not far behind it 31% higher industry experts cite the war in Ukraine for the vegetable oil disruptions that have led to those margarine price hikes. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. I'm Nancy Lyons. And what you're doing with your phone. Taking pictures? No. I'm asking a question. Like what? Hey Bobo, do flowers have best Friends? I'm sorry. I'm afraid I don't know that. Hey, follow me. I want
West Africa floods destroy crops, worsening hunger fears
"West and Central African countries are battling deadly floods that have upended lives and livelihoods raising fears of further disruption of food supplies in many areas battling armed conflict According to a new UN World Food Program situation report below average rainfall and devastating flooding have affected 5 million people this year in 19 countries across west and Central Africa experts say that it's likely to deepen the already worrisome hunger situation for millions in the region in Nigeria floods have killed at least 600 people and displaced 1.3 million so far this year The situation is similar in other parts including Cameroon Niger and Chad where the nation's governments declared a state of emergency after floods displaced a million people I'm Charles De Ledesma
"world food program" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM
"Situation The World Food Program says nearly half of Haiti's population is facing acute hunger. Professor faton says it's as bad as he's seen it, and now he says Haiti's prime minister is asking for help. And this is one of the paradoxes because you hear the Haitians always talking about an independent and sovereign Haiti, but once they are in the government and things are not going well, they are calling for such an intervention. The U.S. says it is considering the prime minister's request for help, but writer Jonathan Katz points out that this government was not elected, and he criticizes the U.S. for backing what he calls a democratic vacuum in Haiti since the last president was assassinated. You could have military force come in and knock down the barricades and kill some of the gang members and send others into hiding. But what does that do to the central problem, which is that Haiti currently doesn't have a functioning democracy. It doesn't have a representative government. Cats, author of the book, gangsters of capitalism, says there's no easy fixes, even the UN has a bad reputation in Haiti, because peacekeepers brought cholera to the island over a decade ago. One of the big things that the United Nations could do in the United Nations members could do would be to make good on their promises to make restitution to the Asian people for having brought a cholera epidemic that killed 10,000 people and is now emerging again. The UN Security Council meets Monday on Haiti and so far the U.S. says it's mostly just pushing for sanctions against criminal
"world food program" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"He was president. And they were. Between 2003 and 2010 with the help of a commodities boom, he poured lots of money into social programs, helping the poor, helping the heart up income per head rose 50% on his watch, and the government started the famous program bolsa familia which brought millions of the poorest Brazilians out of poverty. Sarah, if I'm remembering correctly, Lula left office with an astronomically high approval rating, but he then ran into some legal troubles once he was out of office. Do you think voters have forgiven him for those? That's right. When Lulu left office in 2010, he had a sky high 80% approval rating. But the government of his successor Dilma housse was tainted by a recession and a vast corruption scandal. Lula himself was convicted of accepting bribes in the form of a flat and renovations of a country house. He spent a year and a half in prison between 2018 and 2019. His convictions were ultimately annulled on a technicality, the whole case was totally polemic. And he maintains his innocence, but as the leader of the Workers Party, Brazilians do still see him as being involved in that corruption. The question is just whether that's a more important negative against Lula than all of the problems that voters now have with Bolsonaro. And do you think it is, what have you found during the course of your reporting? The polls right now certainly suggest that more people have forgiven Lula. But to try to understand some of their reasons, we went in Rio de Janeiro to a favela called alemao that voted for Bolsonaro in the last election. This time we heard a lot of people saying they're going to vote for Lula because the economy is so bad. And also for fear of some of Bolsonaro's more iron fist security policies. In Alabama, we saw young members of drug gangs sitting by the street with submachine guns, and yet residents complain more about the cops than about the criminals. There was a police raid in July that ended in 18 deaths in Alamo. And this is the kind of iron fist policy that Bolsonaro applauds. We talked to a young mother who said something that I've heard a lot in the U.S., she told us that she tells her 6 year old black son that when he sees the police, he should stand still because the police could mistake him for a drug trafficker and try to shoot him. We spoke to one woman who said, it's a war here. She said, if he could, Bolsonaro would drop a bomb on favelas. So Sarah, it sounds as though Brazil has had a rough few years. Do you think that Lula, if he's elected president, and if the country can avoid the coup you suggested as possible, that he can fix the problems that Bolsonaro has grappled with and in some cases exacerbated? I think it's going to be really, really tough to on. I mean, I think, you know, on the one hand, Lula for all his flaws doesn't live in a fantasy world. He doesn't incite violence the way that Bolsonaro does. He says he plans to cut back on deforestation in the Amazon, which is increased by half under Bolsonaro. He will try to expand the social safety net for poor people. But on the other hand, he's going to have a really tricky economic situation, a Congress that includes a lot of supporters of Bolsonaro. Some of the experts we talked to pointed out that if Lula has a really difficult time governing, he's on successful that could lead to disillusion that even propels Bolsonaro or one of his politician sons back into the presidency. And given how the past four years have gone for Brazil, that's a really scary thought. All right, Sarah, thanks so much for your time today. Thank you, John. Look at that. In the county of Surrey in England, children have been returning to the classroom this week. For some year threes, that's 7 and 8 year olds, it means a new school and a new lunch menu. Potatoes. And beans and tomatoes and cucumber and salad. And sweet corn. And how did it compare to your mummy and daddy's cooking? It's much better. These children have had school meals before, and they've been free, but when they get to this academic year, their parents have to start paying for them. In some parts of the world, schools give all children free meals, and it seems more jurisdictions are exploring the potential benefits of doing the same. Big disasters such as the great financial crisis have often prompted governments to expand school meal programs. And in the wake of the pandemic, new spending on school meals is again under discussion in all sorts of places. Mark Johnson is The Economist's education correspondent. Over the last two years, we've seen meal programs expand in countries as varied as Rwanda, Scotland and New Zealand, and this summer, California, and Maine became the first American states to make school meals permanently free to every child. And what do we know about the benefits of free school meals in the first place? Well, school meals are sometimes described as the world's largest social safety net. So they're one of the most effective ways of making sure that poor children do not go hungry. But I think what is not often well appreciated about school meals is that the sheer variety of the benefits that they can bring. Providing healthy meals is not only about staving off hunger, it can limit obesity. We've long known that poor countries that provide meals are more likely to have children attend and increasingly the evidence confirms that it drives up how much children can learn when they're in the classroom. Kids who are well fed find it easier to concentrate, they're less likely to disrupt lessons for others and providing food is also an important step toward lengthening school days, which in quite a lot of the world end at lunchtime. And what's the diversity in the way this is accomplished in various places? Well, school feeding programs exist in every shape and size. So the biggest program is in India. The program there is universal in government schools. It feeds about 90 million children every day. Behind that comes Brazil, which feeds about 40 million children. That's also a universal program. And in rich countries there are also universal school meal schemes in Estonia, Finland and Sweden, among other places. The majority of male programs in the world are not universal schemes. England, for example, feeds all children in the first three years of school, but only about 20% after that, China's program feeds around one quarter of all its pupils. And there are some rich countries such as Canada that have little or no school feeding program at all. So if there are all of these benefits, many of them quite clear why isn't this a universal issue? Why doesn't everyone do it at all levels? Well, the places where a huge numbers of new meals would do the most good are poor countries largely low income countries. And the main obstacle there is the price. So the World Food Program guesses that supplying meals in low income countries costs about $55 per pupil per year. But these countries actually only spend something like $70 per people per year on their entire education systems. So providing meals to pupils is not a small cost at all in that context. And so raising that money is difficult in poor countries, a lot of that comes from donors. But there are divisions in the donor world that can make fundraising more complicated. Donors that are interested in nutrition often prefer to target their funds at preschoolers. Donors that are interested in education often think that there are many cheaper ways that they can improve a child's schooling. But I think the real benefit in poor countries is that although the do seem to be interventions that might on the face of it produce better results in school for less money. A lot of those are quite complicated and beyond the ability, the capacity of what these governments can do. Programs that involve retraining teachers, for example, and making sure they stick with the new practices are quite easy to mess up even if they don't require huge outlays of funds. But even very poor countries can usually find people who are able to cook and serve meals. You've spoken mostly about the poor world there, but you started by talking about California and Maine. How does that fit into this bigger picture? So during the pandemic, as an emergency measure, America's federal government made school meals free to every child in the country. The idea was that this would reduce form filling and other kind of formalities that might have prevented school canteens from finding innovative ways to make sure that kids could keep on getting males at a time when the pandemic risked stopping that. Now, most American schools have had to go back to charging, starting this academic year for children who are not among the poorest. But some states such as California and Maine have decided that they're going to put some of their own money into this program to keep meals universal. So in that sense, is what's happening in California and Maine going to provide a kind of natural experiment to shore up the idea that it's money well spent. Well, fans of universal meal programs in rich countries argue that offering food to everyone can sweep away barriers that are presently preventing some needy kids from benefiting from existing schemes, perhaps because of loopholes in the means testing criteria or because of stigma of eating the meals that can make children that are eligible for them, choose not to. There are some studies that suggest benefits from making school meals universal. Study in Sweden, which rolled out universal free meals region by region in the 1960s found that both rich and poor children benefited children who ate free during their primary school years earned about 3% more over their lifetimes than those who did not. That was true for rich children and for poor ones. But there have also been underwhelming findings around the world from universal male schemes. When meals were made free to all infants in England, for example, the number of older children eating meals they were entitled to actually went down, perhaps because so many more children were going into canteens that service slowed and elder kids decided they couldn't be bothered. And so all new information about exactly what difference this makes would be valuable to policymakers who have to decide how to spend government's money in the best way possible. I think there is no doubt that providing millions more males could have transformative effects in poor countries. I think in rich countries the benefit from going from schemes that exist at the moment to fully universal ones
"world food program" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Zimbabwe's inflation boomerang back to triple digits in May That's after a ten month period with a rate was below a 100% inflation jumped back after the Central Bank Effectively devalued the local currency by introducing a new interbank rate Food prices They've increased a 150% so far on the nation's finance minister joins the team now in truly in kube from Davos Thank you for joining us I look at inflation about a 100% again Are you in panic mode Oh no we're not in panic market basically we are in shooting measures that every other country in the world is instituting right now And we are being impacted by basically two forces one is the global spillovers so we put a depression through the channels of fuel food and fertilizer So we are aware that we are managing our way through that kind of global shock that excludes into the economy Then locally we look at currency has been one of ten again because the bubble is most liked in globally because we do use the United States dollar for transactions antenna So we are immediately planning to the global company and once in the dollar has been very strong as they have been the strongest in the last I don't know 20 years or something Longer So the way packet by that but also impacted by the general rise in global interest rates So we are managing those shocks including domestic currency volatility I'll do those in spike but we expect that to ameliorate and level off I was thinking through one of the research notes here from Amara and they specialize in some of the African sovereigns and their view is that you're going to have to start injecting food subsidies and maybe devalue the local currency even further Instead of you you can subscribe to given some of the tenuous painful global macro points you just mentioned Well there's a limit to which we can apply subsidies on various things We're already subsidizing it to an extent If you are a sector by lowering the taxes on fuel we've been doing that already And it will of course we look at other sectors but there's a limit to which we can institute subsidies The subsidies anyway in the world is that we set accumulating high budget deficits again or indeed high debt in our levels as countries borrow to try to work their way in paying their way through the crisis But there isn't a case You have 5 million Zimbabwe's a third of the population according to the World Food Program facing hunger January through to March a third of your population can't eat Is there a moral responsibility on you to deliver substantial food subsidies What are you doing to say 5 million people from hunger Or zoom up with a private tested social protection program that involves providing food to the vulnerable we will be doing that to start doing that We do cash transfers We support children We're going to school through the four to go to school We support the LW And also we're very robust to what we call a productive social protection program due to the agricultural sector where we are supply seed fertilizer and technical assistance to our over 2 million households across the country to support them through difficulties and to make sure that they are protected So the tried to test on social protection program which is going into gear So there's no danger of us living anyone behind How can the African development bank or other multilateral agencies help in either easing the burden or some of your subsidy ambition give it a little bit more size and scale to really make a difference on the ground The international community bilateral partners or the African development bank or the World Bank are ready on the ground working with the government of survival But also through other UN agencies supporting vulnerable populations on the ground This has been going on for a while And we will accomplish so that we are looking into it But also they're looking at much more medium to long-term strategies such as climate proofing or agriculture For example making sure that our farmers use a climate proof method in terms of farming They are supporting us in those in those ways And also supporting the health sector as supporting the education sector So welcome this support But in the main it.
"world food program" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Labor team will work every day To bring Australians together And I will lead a government worthy of the people of Australia Meanwhile it is still unclear whether Albany Z will be able to form a majority government or if minor parties and independents will be needed to pass legislation And finally broad commerce and talks to buy cloud computing company VMware as it seeks a big software deal according to people familiar The cloud firm backed by Michael Dell and silver Lake has a market value of about $40 billion the deal would extend a series of acquisitions for Broadcom's chief executive hock tan who has built one of the largest and most diverse chip companies Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake Powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries and Leanne gerrans this is Bloomberg Stephen Leon thank you very much for that Well political and business leaders are back in Davos for the first in person meeting of the World Economic Forum since January of 2020 The war in Ukraine is the big issue on the agenda president zelensky is set to address the meeting by video link later on For more let's go to Bloomberg's international government editor Rosalind Matheson who joins us good morning So we have the war in Europe a cost of living crisis and so many countries Will that mean a very different World Economic Forum this year Well certainly it's going to be a very different meeting And in many many ways let alone the weather here in Davos because it's been held in May and it's oddly warm and there's very little snow but also the tone of the meeting is very different to previously There's a slim down attendee list Some people are opting to skip the meeting entirely and a focus of a lot of the sessions is as you say on those two key issues the war that we're seeing in Ukraine and what many countries are experiencing in terms of rising costs of living So a lot of discussion around two things where that where that's contained and that's energy prices rising for many countries and food prices rising to many countries and of course shortages of food caused by that conflict in Ukraine I was on a bus last night and I met a whole group of people who worked for food programs in Africa and they're here to talk about that and how agriculture is being affected around the world by this crisis but of course that longer term fixes to supply what we really need if this meeting is going to the conversation about very short term fixes to what we're seeing as the disruption to agricultural supply And of course energy shortages for many countries around the world So there's a lot of focus with the sessions on that The question is what solutions may come Yeah absolutely And there's always been criticism of Davos as sort of being a gathering of elites and whether anything concrete emerges from these meetings The charity office fam is forecasting 263 million people will sink into extreme poverty this year We know billionaire wealth has skyrocketed is anyone there planning to take concrete actions on that issue of the cost of living crisis Certainly you can expect to see some of the speeches focused around that And this year there'll be less of a sense and less of a focus on the key issue that does also lead to poverty and change many people and that's climate change They don't seem to be as many events related to that this year or as many speakers But certainly you expect to see leaders talking as I said about the energy issue how to ensure energy supply and therefore to keep prices down and also the issue again of agricultural access to many people But that's longer term stuff that will aim to reduce inequality around the world in terms of immediate pledges to fight poverty There's nothing yet on the slate But of course the meeting is only just getting underway this morning So we'll see if there's any big pronouncements in the coming days on that Rosa's only just one G 7 leader coming to Davos and that's the German Chancellor Is that going to change the headlines we'll see emerging from this meeting of course the other thing is there's an awful lot fewer Russians than there have been in previous years as well Well that's right In fact there's no Russian presence here this year at all and what's known as Russian house is being turned into Russian war crimes house that's being rebadged this morning and that's because the Ukrainian group is hosting an exhibit there they say that shows alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine So very different to previous meetings when you saw infamous parties hosted by Russian oligarchs and other senior business people and no Russian president K whatsoever In fact there's a large Ukrainian delegation here instead and that's certainly also changing the tone And some CEOs of course who have shown up in previous years are not here This time perhaps against the backdrop of the war but also the idea that they could possibly have these meetings now from afar in a post pandemic world how much do you need to be somewhere in person and.
"world food program" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"On Ukraine is causing problems for international food security. For more, I'm joined by Jacob kern whose deputy chief of staff at the World Food Program and currently in Kyiv as the emergency coordinator for the Ukraine crisis. Jacob many thanks for joining us today. Can you give us detail on how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is impacting on global food stocks? Good morning. Well, between Russia and Ukraine, they are the 30% of the wheat production comes out of those two countries and that's currently blocked Ukraine alone is number 5 in wheat production. The world's Food Program is buying normally in a normal year about 800 thousand tons of wheat from Ukraine. Half of our global demand is actually coming from Ukraine. If you can't buy it there, we have to go further away. Pisces have increased. 25% since the onset of the crisis. And that affects mostly the countries that are in the Middle East. Not only thought that we have at all the countless itself, Lebanon, for example, the imports more than 50% of the wheat from Ukraine and we hear that they already rationing, but because the prices have gone up and the demand is higher than the supplies at the moment. And other differing impacts on eastern and Western Europe. I think the impact is probably globally. The wheat prices have gone up 25% for everybody. While you and I can afford paying ten cents more for a loaf of bread, if you are already at the brink of not having enough to eat, not having enough income, an increase in 25% in your staple food is going to push you over the edge. For WFP in practical term means we are now paying $70 million more a month to buy the same amount of food that we did in 2021. 70 million would allow us to feed 4 million people every month. And that means with the same amount that we receive, we can support 4 million people less and that's tough choices who is going to get it and do 2000. So the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations World Food Program and the World Trade Organization. Yesterday called for urgent coordinated action on food security. What form will that take? Well, I think the coordination would be to not reduce exports of other wheat producers. So in a shortage, the first reaction of everybody is key what you have because you may not be able to buy more. If everybody is doing that, if the big week producers are doing that, we will have a real problem because then there won't be any wheat on the market or the prices will go up even more. Because everybody keeps on their strategic stocks in fear of not having enough for their own consumption. You go back to Ukraine, Ukraine has enough for their domestic consumption, probably for the next two or three years. At the current stocks level. But that is not going to help a country that is relying on exports and relying on that income also. I wonder if you could just tell us a little more about your role as chief of staff at the WFP's program and also as emergency coordinator for the Ukraine crisis. Well, for the past 6 weeks, I've been here in the Ukraine. I started with two staff within the presence anywhere in Ukraine and obviously this is not your abnormal emergency. This is unprecedented humanitarian crisis with 11 million people displaced. And in those 6 weeks, we actually built up offices in 6 countries from scratch with no buyer presents in any of them. I was in leading this response. We have already reached 1.3 million Ukrainians with food. We have three offices inside Ukraine, 60 70 staff right now. And we have another hundred or so staff around in the neighboring countries to support the logistics of food and drugs coming in. We have structurally we have warehouses. We have partners. So that was my role here to build up this emergency from scotch. I've done the 1st of March and now we have a big operation going and we are scaling up even further. I wonder if Russians are feeling the impact domestically. And if there are any plans to help civilians there. This is our biggest concern is not the people that we can not reach the biggest concern is the people that we don't reach and that's the ones on the front lines in the areas where they still active conflict in the cities. We all hear about malleable, I must say though that out of the 1.3 million people that supplied food so far almost a million is living in areas that are semi iser inter of cold oil in conflict areas or what we call hard to eat areas. We had successful convoys into sumi which was a encircled city in the east three times already, but these are drops in the ocean when you want to feed a city of half a million people. You would need ten talks every day and not paying tax once a week or something like that. Jacob kern, thank you very much for talking to us. Here's what else we're keeping an eye on today. Finland is expected to decide whether it will join the NATO alliance within weeks, finish prime minister sanna Marin spoke yesterday at a joint press conference with her Swedish counterpart magdalena Anderson to discuss regional security matters. The war in Ukraine has prompted both countries to reevaluate traditional positions of neutrality. South African president Cyril ramaphosa says flooding in the country's quasi Nutella province has claimed the lives of at least 300 civilians in what he described as a catastrophe of enormous proportions, residents have been forced to flee their homes as severe flooding continues to collapse infrastructure across South Africa's eastern coast. And a British conservative peer lord David wolfson has resigned as justice minister over breaches of COVID regulations in Downing Street. It comes after UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor where she sunak were fined for attending a party in number ten during lockdown. This is the globalist stay tuned..
"world food program" Discussed on Talking Biotech Podcast
"FDA standard, so that all sounds wonderful, but the problem is that they don't eat all of that core right away. They store it. In their households in conditions that are warm that are typically moist, that might have inserted rodent pests, and then when we tested maize that had been stored or core that had been stored for four months, even though it had only 20 parts per billion or less at harvest, it had 1440 parts per billion. After four months of storage, that dangerous, that's an amount that could easily kill a human being. Wow, that's pretty amazing. I remember Brett showing me that one of the things they did with World Food Program was to hand out instructions where you could take a standard 16 ounce soda bottle, which they still have bottles in a lot of places. And a certain amount of salt and then a certain amount of number of kernels of corn and then you shake it up and you leave it out and then if the next day the corn and salt stick to the sides of the walls, if the salt sticks to the walls of the bottle, there's too much moisture in the corn. So it's just a way of making a hygrometer basically from a few simple things. And that if you can limit it to the point where the salt doesn't stick to the walls, that it just falls down, then it's safe to store. If pretty, pretty interesting. That's great. That's a terrific and very, I love that kind of easy solution. Where you can test the safety of your food. Yeah, I love low rent solutions like that that are accessible and allow safety, right? But let's flip flip the other side of the coin and talk about some high-tech solutions because we, you know, talking BioTech, biotechnology does have a place in this. And this is why I get excited about the story, because here we have a substantial risk that's worldwide in spreading, and of course more pronounced in some areas than others. And that is really focusing on the developing world. Here in the industrialized world we have genetically engineered corn and specific traits that limit insect damage. So how are things like BT effective in limiting fungal invasion and the potential production of aflatoxins? I'd be happy to talk a little bit about genetically modified BT corn. I think that our audience has probably heard of BT corn before, it's one of the earliest genetically modified crops that was planted not just in the United States, starting in 1996, but all over the world, as of today, about 82% of the corn, the field corn that we produce in the United States is BT corn. So what is it? BT stands for bacillus thurin genesis, which is a soil bacterium. Back in the 1930s, scientists in Germany and turrican specifically found that the soil bacterium killed particular insect pests. And by the 1960s they found a way to gather the bacteria and to use it as an organic pesticide to spray on crops to control insect pests. But then there was a bit of a problem because the spray would just easily fall right off the crops or wash off or blow off really easily. And so in the 1990s, scientists found a way to take genes from that soil bacterium, bacillus the genesis or BT, and to insert them into the genome of corn, such that the cord was producing its own crystal proteins that are insecticides that can control a number of different cord pests. I'll just throw out a few names like European corn borer, corn earworm, fall army worm,.
"world food program" Discussed on The Larry Elder Show
"So when you go to my website, Larry, elder dot com, click on the help Ukraine button at the very top. You're going to be doing something positive to help the millions of refugees from the crisis in Ukraine. Or you can phone in your gift, 8 5 5 9 one 8 four 6 7 three 8 5 5 9 one 8 hope. Listen to this mother. Speaking to an interpreter at the BBC. We have been in a basement for 11 days, we've been counting every one of them. We're cooking at a fire for now we have some food and some firewood in a week we will have nothing, no food at all. What should we do? And as food for the poor as president and CEO Ed rain tells us, unfortunately, this food crisis is going to be around for a long time. We're also made aware that there will be no planting or harvest in 2022 in the Ukraine. And some of you may know that Ukraine is the quote unquote breadbasket of Europe. Meaning they provide an extraordinary quantity of crops, but not only feed the Ukraine, but I used exported to many countries. And indeed, the World Food Program uses a lot of the surplus grain to provide aid around the world. So this is a problem that isn't just about those in the immediate area around the Ukraine. This will have worldwide consequences. And for a long period of time. So please go to my website. Larry elder dot com click on the help Ukraine banner at the very top where you can phone your gift to 8 5 5 9 one 8 four 6 7 three that's 8 5 5 9 one 8 hope and thank you so very much..
Rep. Austin Scott: The World's Going to Be Paying a Lot More for Bread
"And so with trade shutdown in the Black Sea you've got tremendous increased costs of nitrogen and potassium You've got the increased cost of wheat and corn and sunflower oil And it's going to have a huge impact on the World Food Program and lower income economies You're seeing this a little bit in Sri Lanka right now where they had gone have to go to the IMF for an emergency bailout that's 4000 miles from Ukraine but the impact of the war is already hurting them and you and I and other people who are fortunate enough blessed enough to wake up inside this great country The United States of America we're going to pay more for our bread certainly but there are other people around the world that I'm very concerned are going to be literally starving
Rep. Austin Scott Is Concerned About Global Food Supply Shortages
"Really I know you probably have other colleagues who are currently concerned about I don't want to be dramatic but candidly sorry I haven't heard much about this outside of you and it's an issue I'm a preparedness guy I'm not embarrassed by that I feel like I owe my family I owe them the responsibility to be prepared And when you hear about things like the food supply being dramatically impacted by this ongoing war it's not a conspiracy theory It's real You had this fantastic hit on cable warning everyone and really one of the few people I hear talking about it So can you explain the gravity of the situation so my audience can hear it Sure So let's talk about it from the standpoint of the UN World Food Program And I do think that we will have food in the United States I just think we're going to pay more for it It's low income countries that get a tremendous amount of food whether you in World Food Program Dan where I'm afraid we're going to see a tremendous amount of hunger in the family that comes from it And so Ukraine puts 50 million metric tons of corn and weight into the export markets In addition to the core and that they export they are responsible for about half of the sunflower oil in the world And so when you when you talk about low income countries through Asia and Africa they receive a tremendous amount of their food supply through the UN World Food Program and the number one contributor to that Food Program is the food that comes from the Ukraine So that is a big big issue there's another issue with that and that Russia is also a large exporter of wheat And they are the largest exporter of fertilizer that we use all over the world
"world food program" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"That Hunter Biden story so don't go anywhere How this laptop story is related to the larger problem of swamp rats on both sides of the aisle selling the country out to foreign interests That's why they want that story to go away I'm not done with that I got more on that later But related to the current situation the ongoing tragedy there in Ukraine with the Ukraine Russia war Ukraine is one of the world's biggest producers of some food items including wheat I heard this congressman on last week on I believe Fox and a network I'm sorry I forget which one but he was making this terrific point that hey this is kind of a big deal We could have a massive food problem and inflation problem affecting the food supply coming up soon I want to welcome that congressman to the show Austin Scott from Georgia congressman thanks for spending some time with us We appreciate it Hey Dan thanks for taking time to discuss this issue Yeah I mean it's really I know you probably have other colleagues who are currently concerned about I don't want to be dramatic but candidly sorry I haven't heard much about this outside of you and it's an issue I'm a preparedness guy I'm not embarrassed by that I feel like I owe my family I owe them the responsibility to be prepared And when you hear about things like the food supply being dramatically impacted by this ongoing war it's not a conspiracy theory It's real You had this fantastic hit on cable warning everyone and really one of the few people I hear talking about it So can you explain the gravity of the situation so my audience can hear it Sure So let's talk about it from the standpoint of the UN World Food Program And I do think that we will have food in the United States I just think we're going to pay more for it It's low income countries that get a tremendous amount of food whether you in World Food Program Dan where I'm afraid we're going to see a tremendous amount of hunger in the family that comes from it And so Ukraine puts 50 million metric tons of corn and weight into the export markets In addition to the core and that they export they are responsible for about half of the sunflower oil in the world And so when you when you talk about low income countries through Asia and Africa they receive a tremendous amount of their food supply through the UN World Food Program and the number one contributor to that Food Program is the food that comes from the Ukraine So that is a big big issue there's another issue with that and that Russia is also a large exporter of wheat And they are the largest exporter of fertilizer that we use all over the world So their number one and nitrogen production they're number two in potassium And those are two of the inputs and fertilizer And so with trade shutdown in the Black Sea you've got tremendous increased costs of nitrogen and potassium You've got the increased cost of wheat and corn and sunflower oil And it's going to have a huge impact on the World Food Program and lower income economies You're seeing this a little bit in Sri Lanka right now where they had gone have to go to the IMF for an emergency bailout that's 4000 miles from Ukraine but the impact of the war is already hurting them and you and I and other people who are fortunate enough blessed enough to wake up inside this great country The United States of America we're going to pay more for our bread certainly but there are other people around the world that I'm very concerned are going to be literally starving Yeah I mean this global problems become our problems They're all out of the United States sneezes the world gets a cold Well that works the other way around too The world gets a cold the United States can get really sick too And the hard reality congressman we're talking to congressman Austin Scott from Georgia is you know if you have people on fixed incomes living off a soon to be a bankrupt social security system that are only getting three 4% a year increases if that even in the inflation crisis this is a really big deal congressman I mean you got a seniors who worked really hard who busted their butts some of whom were World War II greatest generation folks who not many and I meant not that many left living on fixed incomes were going to have to choose between eating eating a regular meal or paying the rent I mean that's a serious problem Yeah granted it may not be immediate starvation here like it would be in Sri Lanka which is a serious problem too but it's a problem here nonetheless That's right And the disruptions around the world have an impact on global stability in the economy but right here at home what I'm frustrated with is if you listen to Biden and Harris and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer they're saying oh well this inflation is Vladimir Putin's war It's Vladimir Putin's war that created all of this inflation inside the United States Well that's not true We were feeling the impacts of bad policy more than 25 days ago This war while it seems like it's been going on for months and months and months I mean it's literally 25 days since Vladimir Putin invaded So they're using this as an excuse for what they're bad policies have done and increasing the price of fuel and increase in the price of food in this country And that's the real shame in the just the lack of character that we have in The White House right now Yes it's terrible The leadership is abysmal And you know I was reading interesting up and The Wall Street Journal this weekend They were talking about how a global food dynamics and what we're talking about here potential food shortage due to this war in Ukraine Congressman this isn't new It quite literally impacted the trajectory of both world wars where Britain at the time a significant while still a significant world power but more so back then their attempted embargoes they really they had a ditch a lot of that because they were afraid of being starved out themselves of having a reverse embargo done on them And food supply So this is a real problem that can alter the course of this war going forward That's absolutely right And as you look at China they have certainly supported Russia financially They've got 1.4 billion people and if the Chinese really wanted to do right by the world they would withdraw their support from Russia Let's get these crops in the Ukraine plan and get trade going back to the Black Sea again And make sure that we're taking care of the global food supply that way But they have they seem to have a partnership with Russia that unfortunately is going to create a tremendous amount of destruction in the world So I'm hopeful that that relationship will be exposed more and more and more for how close it is we have extremely good Intel Dan I mean our intelligence community back in December they were sharing with the armed services committee what they expected.
"world food program" Discussed on Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal
"There's a slice of the economic impact of the war in Ukraine that hasn't really been at the front page of news coverage yet, but will surely be as time drags on. According to the United Nations World Food Program 60% of people who are food insecure on this planet live in areas affected by war and this war could have disproportionate impact Ukraine and Russia as we've told you are both huge grain exporters 25% of the world's wheat supply, as we've told you, edible oils as well, 80%, something like that of sunflower oil. So we've gotten doctor arif Hussein on the phone, he's the chief economist at the World Food Program. Thank you sir for coming on. Thank you. People heard up in the introduction, the number of Staples of wheats and grains and oils that come from Russia and Ukraine combined. It occurs to me though that Ukrainian farmers this year, they're fighting, they aren't farming. And if they don't get the crop in the ground, that is not a hole that can be made up. Well, it's going to be really, really tough because if we take these two countries together, they supply the rest of the world with about 30% of wheat. With about 20% of corn with about 80% of vegetable oil, like sunflower oil. So it's big. Now, on the weed side, what is happening is that weed is already in the ground. So on the corn side, it is going to corn will be planted pretty soon, or it needs to be planted pretty soon. But above all, I think the issue is that even if it is sitting there, I was going to come out. If no ships are going into the Black Sea, just because they don't want to take that risk or the insurance premiums are so high, there could be millions of tons sitting there, but if they are not coming out, they are of no use to the rest of the world, right? So look, you've been dealing with this for a long time, right? Your whole professional life. And the preexisting conditions, if you will, of the pandemic and costs and inequality are not new to you, the war obviously is. So I'm going to guess somewhere the World Food Program has a plan for what to do in case of a war, but what are you going to do? Because this seems to me to be an insurmountable problem. Yeah, well, look, you know, it's always good to look back in history, right? So one of the questions people were asking me were, you know, we've been here before as in food and fuel crisis of 2008 or then again in 2011, the start of Arab Spring, so how does this compare to that? And I was like, again, I was like, it's worse. Worse. Why is it worse? You didn't have a war in Yemen. You didn't have a war in Syria. You didn't have a war in Ethiopia. You didn't have a war in northeast Nigeria. You know, Afghanistan was what it was. In terms of our plan, of course, we have a plan. As we speak, we need to help in 2022 about 145 million people around the world. And the bill to actually do that, the resources needed to actually do that before this crisis were upwards of $18 billion. After this crisis, there are upwards of $20 billion. Ask me how much of that we have in our pocket right now. Or likely to be secured right now. It's less than 50%. Which is kind of amazing because and this is going to sound ridiculous, but that's just not a whole lot of money. Yeah, exactly. Because you know, here's the thing. When you look at the big picture, you know, it's almost like, you know, if something happens, if you get sick and it is treated right away, you know, you may sort it out within a matter of days and not really spend a whole lot of money, but if you let it fester, it becomes a bigger and bigger issue where you may even lose a limb, right? We are in that kind of space. When we don't sort these things out early, we end up paying thousand times more for their problem. Doctor arif Hussein.
Fleeing drought, hunger thousands trek to Somalia's capital
"More and more Samani softening trial ten heading towards the capital as he United Nations warned that thirteen million people in the region pace of their hunger in the next few months people fleeing drought have been pouring into camps on the outskirts of Mogadishu with many lacking food water and proper shelter I mean Osman displacement through full from middle Juba said they tracked all the way from her village eight days on the road we suffered in some people have died two women who accompanied us on the journey died of hunger we have no fees they will sadly lack toilets here the growing banks are expected to swell further in the coming months as the horn of Africa region faces its worst drought conditions in a decades the United Nations world food program has said that parts of Somalia Ethiopia and Kenya will need immediate assistance to avoid a major humanitarian crisis the horn of Africa has long been vulnerable to drought conditions often exacerbated by armed violence I'm Karen Thomas
"world food program" Discussed on UN News
"This is an UN news globally enough food is produced to feed the world's 7 billion people and yet 811 million still go to bed hungry each night, award winning chef and TV personality and zeeman was recently named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program or WFP, expanding its global advocacy to fight hunger and food waste around the world. In an interview with UN news, mister Zimmerman speaks about implications posed by a growing food crisis and how, as a land of plenty, the United States has a responsibility to help solve the hunger problem. UN uses starts by asking him what it means to be a good will ambassador for WFP. Well, I think at its very core, it's about information sharing awareness raising and using my platform for good. I couldn't be more honored to be a goodwill ambassador. And I look forward to working with the UN to leverage that voice in platform to advocate for food system transformation and an end to global hunger. But I'm also one of those people who likes to get their hands dirty. So I know that I will be going off into the world and trying to get my boots on the ground again to bring awareness to these stories. I'm a storyteller. And I believe it was my passion for telling stories around these issues that influenced this decision. Food equity, and I've been in that fight for about 20 years, is I believe one of the greatest challenges of our time. And if we transform and strengthen our global food system, which I believe is badly broken, we can ensure that it delivers nutritious food for everyone. And I want to bring attention to these issues. But I also want to inspire people to take action, support the UN World Food Program's efforts, build the resilience of the world's hungry as people, but probably, you know, even more importantly, let people understand that the size and the necessity of not only solving this program, but the obligation that we have, not only to end the hunger crisis itself, but to solve so many other problems. I'll give you one small example. When people are healthier, they don't require as much medical intervention. So medical costs go down for everyone insurance goes down for everyone healthcare costs go down for everyone. When children are not hungry, they perform better in schools. They wind up being have better outcomes. So those children go on to do better things that contribute to society and don't wind up falling off the edges of society where they might be in the criminal justice system where they might be engaging in global conflict and in other part of the world. Hunger drives a hundred other issues, touches immigration issues. It touches conflict issues. It touches healthcare issues. It touches our enduring climate crisis in the world. It touches economic development programs, pathway to peace, programs, stability programs, food touches everything, which is why I've devoted all of my service work to that. What is your next project, the upcoming trip you're going to take for this to play this role? Haven't found out yet. This was just announced that it's interesting you talk about the trip because I'm really excited about it. The World Food Program has a staff of 20,000 that is helping over a 115 million people in 88 countries. That's an amazing thing..
"world food program" Discussed on UN News
"The deterioration of essential services. The recurring violence is not only disrupting livelihoods, but also disrupting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. A recent integrated food security study that was conducted shows that for a population of about 4 million people, nearly 2.3 million of them are acutely food insecure. That number, of course, is expected to increase significantly from April to August next year because of the lean season. So as double FP, our day to today work is to provide a system whether in kind assistance or cash based transfers to about 800,000 crises affected people every month. And this includes, of course, women and children. Yes, so you have your work cut out and you have this fantastic new call center, which as I understand it was set up on the back of an Ebola response initiative. Is that correct? That is correct. Yes. That is correct. And of course, the COVID-19 call center today provides very vast services. Several months ago, the center got colds reporting Ebola systems. And because of the center, and that report, the ministry was able to immediately mobilize experts to the location where those symptoms reported, fortunately for the country, that was a false alarm. That tells you some of the potent of the call center. And just finally, Francis, if I may, Francis Corona from the World Food Program. What does working at this call center bring you in terms of insight that you haven't had before? This sort of technological advance. Does it bring you closer to communities? Do they have already said they tell you all sorts of things? So perhaps it gives you a greater understanding of what they actually need. Yes, of course, the call center was put in place as part of the government strategy to fight COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are surprised to see that the center is now responding to multifaceted issues..
Taliban urges U.S. Congress to release Afghanistan's assets
"The Taliban has urged Congress to ease sanctions and release Afghanistan's assets as the country faces economic turmoil foreign minister Amir Khan will talk he says in a statement posted online that the frozen assets of harming the public from the health sector to education and other services his comments off to the Taliban's takeover of the country in Olga's comes a day off to the world food programme warned this millions of people in Afghanistan are facing poverty and as an explosion shoe carnival for the third time in a week the world health program says eight point seven million people in the country our risk of famine like conditions I'm Charles the last month
"world food program" Discussed on The Breakdown with NLW
"Appears to be something related to the increasing clamor to tax billionaires, right? I mean, first of all, Elon sets it up like that. Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock that is literally how he started the tweet couldn't be clearer. Second Ron wyden, who we were just discussing about before and who I should remind you before you hate on him through his body between us and the infrastructure tax bill crypto provisions. He tweets whether or not the world's wealthiest man pays any taxes at all shouldn't depend on the results of a Twitter poll. It's time for the billionaire's income tax. Third Elon has been engaging in this discussion more and more in general. About a week ago when the director of the UN's World Food Program said that $6 billion from billionaires could help 42 million people, quote that are literally going to die if we don't reach them. It's not complicated. Elon responded saying, if the World Food Program can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6 billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it. But it must be open-source accounting so the public sees precisely how the money is spent. Cut and dry, right? It's about the billionaire tax proposals floating around. Well, not so much. Many are pointing out that this is far more likely to be about this upcoming stock options exercise and is just good timing. Pierre farrago writes a very interesting follow-up here. Next summer Elon can exercise options of 23 million shares. He will face a $15 billion tax bill anyway, whether he sells shares after exercising or not. Selling 10% to cover this looks good and improves liquidity could make sense. Darrow bassino says Elon Musk has Tesla options expiring this year which he must exercise or lose billions of dollars. When he does he'll incur a tax bill. The Twitter poll was basically a strategy credit since he was going to pay the taxes anyway. He's a PR genius. Dare as a year off or so on the Tesla options expiry, but the point remains the same. So it feels to me pretty clear that this is a both and situation. It seems pretty obvious that there is a dimension of needing to be able to cover the tax bill that's coming when these options are exercised. At the same time, doing it in this way is a direct counter to the unrealized gains critique. By the way, it's worth noting that there seems almost no chance that the unrealized gains proposals move through Congress now in the context of the political environment we were just discussing. For that reason, it seems like Elon's fight is more about winning the narrative war, not the actual war, which looks likely to not see a battle anytime soon. There are other narrative benefits to this approach as well. There are on the Internet many Tesla bulls who are freaking out about the idea of Elon selling anything. But this does kind of create a blow softening effect. It's easier for those bulls to rationalize this as just appeasing the politicians and playing the political game rather than losing faith in Tesla. Although, one other dimension of this is now swirling questions of insider trading. The day before this tweet, Elon's brother and Tesla board member Kimbal Musk sold 88,500 shares at a price of up to 1236 89 each. He basically sold over a $108 million in Tesla stock on Friday. The day before Elon Musk asked if he should sell 10%. Insider selling or not, this contributed to an overall nervousness about the move..
UN aid chief urges G20: prevent mass starvation in Afghanistan
"The United Nations calls on the G. twenty countries to take immediate action to help millions of people in Afghanistan U. N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths tells the AP that the U. S. and the other wealthy nations have to make two crucial changes to traditional aid packages give us your humanitarian money because we can make good use of it he's reprogram your development money used for longer term projects into humanitarian money so we can use it now Griffith says the world food program already feeding four million people in Afghanistan we'll need to feed up to twelve million in the coming winter months Hoff of the population of that country is now at risk of not having enough food to eat not having knowing where the next meal will come from Griffith says the current crisis has been caused by two large droughts the disruption of services and the collapse of the economy after the Taliban routed the government and took over the country I'm Tim McGuire
"world food program" Discussed on WCPT 820
"Tom back. I'm Dr Anthony Lizza wits and this is climate connections. In southern Madagascar. More than a million people urgently need food and thousands face dire famine conditions. The region is normally hot and dry, but multiple years of severe drought have devastated harvests of maize, rice and other staple crops on the African island. Massive dust storms and Locusts have ravaged with few crops remain. There's very little sign of water, and there's very little sign of vegetation as well. Shelly FAC role is with the World Food Programme, which provides emergency food aid. In the heart attack communities she's met. People who have been forced to eat wild cactus leaves and tubers to survive. Rates of severe malnutrition have spiked, especially among Children. People living day in day out morning tonight every day with empty stomachs As the climate warms, southern Madagascar is expected to grow even hotter with more frequent droughts. None of these people in the south have contributed to the climate crisis. They don't drive cars. They don't like pains. Yes, she says The people of southern Madagascar are already suffering the impacts of climate change. Climate connections is produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Communications. To hear more stories like this visit climate connections dot org Today. I'm Hey, Culligan sustainability and better water here, Sample Culligan. I'm really into sustainability, my clothes, my utensils, my food, But how do I get more sustainability from my water? Super question Sam, And the answer is always on drinking water system from Galligan, which helps eliminate the equivalent of 15 billion single use plastic bottles a.
More Than a Million People in Drought-Stricken Madagascar Face Food Shortages
"Southern madagascar more than a million people urgently need food and thousands faced dire famine conditions. The region is normally hot and dry but multiple years of severe drought have devastated harvests of maize rice and other staple crops on the african island massive dust. Storms and locus have ravaged. What few crops remain. There's very little sign of water on this theory. Little sign of vegetation as well showy fac role as with the world food program which provides emergency food aid in the hardest hit communities. She's met people who've been forced to eat wild. Cactus leaves and tubers to survive rates of severe. Malnutrition have spiked especially among children people. Living day in day out morning tonight every day with empty stomachs as the climate warms. Southern madagascar is expected to grow even hotter with more frequent droughts. None of these people in the south have contributed to the climate crisis. They don't drive cars. They don't like hanes. yes she says. The people of southern madagascar are already suffering the impacts of climate
Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray At "Tipping Point"
"We start today here in africa. Tens of thousands of malnourished children are at risk of dying in ethiopia is to gray region. That's according to the united nations and humanitarian groups. Working in the area. Tommy thompson is emergency coordinator for the world food program. This is a crisis of certainly food security. But it's really a crisis of access protection issues preventing us from doing work it's rewire it's an incredibly dangerous environment for. I'll be working out. There have been mind. Humanitarian have been killed thus far on every day. We have our chain senses. The ngos partners everybody who's trying to operate north find themselves challenged checkpoints. They're increasingly hostile on in some of these checkpoints. We have our beneficiaries having the things that are given luton for men if opium prime minister abby amid sent government forces into tegray in november to disarm leaders of the tegray people's liberation front. He blamed the group for attacks on army camps but international watchdog groups accused government forces of widespread atrocities against civilians and now humanitarian agencies say ethiopian forces and troops from neighbouring area. Tra are keeping relief shipments out of the region the un estimates more than a quarter million people into gray now face famine conditions.
WFP Ramps up Support to Yemen's Famine Risk Areas
"Turning to yemen to prevent a devastating famine in the country. The un world food program wfp is increasing. Its food assistance to the worst hunger. Hot spots the agency's ability to sustain its response to the end of the year remains uncertain. Nearly fifty thousand yemenis are already living in famine like conditions and five million people are in immediate danger according to wfp every ten minutes. A child's eyes of preventable diseases such as diarrhea and malnutrition. As the conflict. Escalates hunger increases with food. Prices rising up to two hundred percent above prewar levels the wfp country director for yemen lawrence. Because said that over the last year escalating conflict economic decline rising global commodity prices and covid nineteen have all contributed to an alarming increase in acute hunger
Rising Food Prices During Pandemic Force Millions Into Hunger
"In the developing world were hit especially hard by the economic impact of the pandemic. And now they're dealing with a new hardship. The rising cost of food. The united nations says global food prices have jumped by nearly a third over the past year and the world food program estimates. That two hundred seventy million people are suffering from acute malnutrition double from just two years ago. So he'd shaw covers pakistan for the wall street journal and he joins us from islamabad. Hello sayyed sayed. Help us understand the scale of what it means for two hundred seventy million people to be on the brink of hunger. Two hundred seventy million people are in the world food program colds state of acute malnutrition. So these people who are in danger of slipping towards famine than not there yet but they are in dangerous zone but the numbers of people in developing world. Who are going hungry is actually far bigger if you look at that there's an international poverty benchmark which is a of just under two dollars a day and ceo seven hundred and fifty million people who are likely to be in that category this year. Seven hundred and fifty million people and at that level of earnings two dollars a day or so. You can't put chewed in tristesse meals together. Your family is just not possible on that sort of wage. Experts have looked at it. Essentially it costs about five times. More to put a nutritious mute together than one which is just gonna fill the stomachs of your kids with rice or bread
UN Launches Response Plan for Rohingya in Bangladesh
"Bringing Refugees who fled persecution in myanmar. For years ago are more vulnerable than at any point since two thousand seventeen the. Un has warned in an appeal for international support to help them launching the cool for nine hundred and forty million dollars for nearly nine hundred thousand refugees in bangladesh's cox's bazar camp complex un refugee agency chief. Filippo grandi also urged india and thailand to keep their borders open to those fleeing from violence linked to the myanmar coup tuesday's appeal covers requests for more than one hundred thirty four partners who include un agencies international ngos and a majority of bangladeshi ngos if funded it will also benefit almost half a million bangladeshi nationals living in communities that are hosting the refugees the world food program which is also present in cox's bazar warned that the covid nineteen crisis has reduced opportunities for refugees. The camp complex also disaster-prone and faces a monsoon to cyclone seasons every year which is why the un agency continues to support disaster risk reduction activities. These include rebuilding cyclone shelters improving drainage systems stabilizing slopes and helping communities diversify their livelihood activities. So that they do not need to rely on agriculture for income
Democratic Republic of Congo Has Highest Levels of Hunger in World, UN Says
"Levels of hunger in the democratic republic of the congo now affect one in three people there a staggering record high. Un humanitarian won't on tuesday according to the food and agriculture organization fao and the world food program wfp twenty seven point. Three million people face acute food insecurity around seven million of these are suffering emergency levels of acute hunger. This means that the central african country is home to the highest number of people in urgent need of food security assistance in the world. According to the latest integrated phase classification analysis conflict remains a key calls of hunger. Wfp spokesperson thompson theory explained particularly in the eastern provinces of a cheery north and south kivu and tanganyika and the central kasai's are the key factors compounding. This crisis include these slump and ds's economy on the socio economic impact of cave.
UN agencies support response in wake of deadly floods in Timor-Leste
"Un agencies t more less committed on monday to do all. They can to support response efforts. After torrential rains triggered landslides and flash flooding in the capital dili and other parts of the country in addition to wreaking havoc on homes buildings and critical infrastructure communication networks and electricity's are set to be disrupted in some of the worst affected areas the un resident coordinator in timor. Lest roy trivedi expressed his deep concern especially for the women and children who are often most affected by natural disasters and of thou to work with the authorities to mobilise all possible resources to support the response. Meanwhile the un world food program country director dodging the l. said that the priority right now is to continue evacuating and relocating families. Most affected
After 10 years of war, 'heart breaking to see suffering of Syrians
"Joining you and uses mr had regional humanitarian coordinator for the syria crisis. Welcome mr head. We meet on the tenth anniversary of the syrian war. Describe what the un is doing for. Ordinary syrians are still code up in this war. Although it's no fault of their own thank you very much. thank you for having. It's unfortunate that after ten years. They knotted nations still having to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people in in syria between displaced people between bellevue. Jeez between people who lost livelihoods. It's very unfortunate. I myself was a country that in syria before the crisis started and i never imagined that after ten years of conflict i will still be working as a humanitarian worker. Providing aid to the to the people syria who has been affected affected by ovulation. This year we estimate that approximately more than thirteen point seven million people who are who would be in need of humanitarian assistance. And he had. I mean the variety of the human humanitarian assistance is assistance is like you need the entire dropdown menu of humanitarian humanitarian assistance. For those people inside syria we are the suffering of the people women children and that it's really hard at the heartbreaking for somebody who works in the humanitarian field but also for somebody who worked in syria and syria before the conflict started. Let alone for somebody who comes from the region. It's really heartbreaking to see the situation in syria and how this country now the people of this country the syrian people are facing oldest challenges and built situations mr. Do what can concerned people listening to this interview to help you. End until the people of syria to survive the ongoing conflict until some political fountain. Fighting as you like you said what is needed now is a ticket solution. And let's be clear about the end of the crisis is what everybody wants. Not only in syria but in the region and entire world people can make a difference. Everybody can make a difference. There are two types of interventions people can do first of all. We need to make sure that politicians apply pressure politicians who have influenced countries who have influenced governments influence apply pressure on all warring parties in in syrian factions to make sure that they put their weapons aside and sit on a table. Starting talking about t start talking about the best interest of the people. It's time to put the interest of the people before any other interest. What is more important now is. The people is the future of the syrian people and the future of syria as as a country. In addition to that of course until solution is found there is no alternative to that humanitarian support to the people as i said. Millions and millions of syrian people need need different type of protection and a lot of The platforms lot of ways to donate money. So the world food program to unisom f- Other other agencies ngos that is this is the time really to stand by the syrian people to show them that. It's not only the not alone in this in this world. That are not alone. This conflict there are people who care that. Our common values between the people in syria and people in the states that people in europe japan australia and africa and all continents. This is very important to make. Sure that the syrian people are supported with Through this
Yemen Faces World's Worst Famine in Decades
"Famine the world has seen in modern history is looming in yemen. The u n world food program. Wfp said on wednesday at the end of a two-day visit agency. Chief david beasley issued an urgent plea pace and called for funding to help hungry families describing the situation in the war-torn country as hell according to wfp half of all children under five in yemen. Two point three million are projected to face acute malnutrition this year. Nearly four hundred thousand suffer from severe acute nutrition and the likely to die if they do not get treatment
World Food Programme chief issues urgent plea for peace in Yemen’s ‘hell’
"The worst famine the world has seen in modern history is looming in yemen. The u n world food program. Wfp said on wednesday at the end of a two-day visit agency. Chief david beasley issued an urgent plea for peace and called for funding to help hungary families describing the situation in the war-torn country as hell. He was speaking after visiting a hospital. Caring for malnourished children in the capital saana which is under the control of mainly hutu opposition forces according to wfp half of all children under five in yemen. two point three million are projected to face acute malnutrition. This year. Nearly four hundred thousand suffer from severe acute malnutrition and likely to die if they do not get urgent treatment. Wfp has prioritised monthly assistance to eleven districts with populations face famine like conditions. The more needs to be done for millions. Who could slip further into hunger. Amid ongoing conflict displacement fuel shortages and rising food prices fourteen vessels carrying urgently needed fuel. Lie of yemen's betsy coast unable to birth
Italian ambassador killed in Congo while in UN convoy
"And Italian police officer and their driver were killed in an attack on a U. N convoy in an area which is home to several rebel groups. The ambush occurred is the convoy was traveling from Goma, Congo's eastern regional capital, to visit a World Food program school feeding project in a nearby area of the U. N agency said in a statement. W have. P said it was seeking info from local authorities as the ambush happened on a road, which was previously cleared for travel WGN Sports The
Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia
"This is. Un catch-up dateline. Geneva a weekly review of international news from the united nations. Thanks for listening to the show. I'm daniel johnson and over the next fifteen minutes also will be hearing about the week's top stories from yemen to peru to the hunt for the origins of covid nineteen plus. We'll be hearing about how the world food program is addressing hunger crisis in madagascar. This forced some people to eat mud and leaves to survive and as ever will be hearing from regular guests salon bell tailgate cutters and alfred yellow. That's all coming right up. But first to madagascar where the worst food crisis in decades continues to play out in the south of the country also known as the grand sued apart from a chronic lack of rain the indian ocean island is vulnerable to climate shocks like the massive thunderstorms that have shifted sand dunes. Burying what little people have managed to grow. The caveat crisis has made things even worse putting a halt to the occasional neighboring
"world food program" Discussed on Insureblocks
"On a on a supply chain digitization for a while. So that is still ongoing. I mean the atrium. We've already talked about it. But i think if i can you know if i if i look at the really interesting opportunities opportunities to i'm really interested in And some that we've kind of supported in a in a non kind of non-formal fashion. I think there's huge opportunities. When we think of engaging at diasporas for example and i know of a number of startups in organizations that are looking at engaging with diasporas and supporting the transfer funds between between diaz present and and people in need in in in local countries at in in in in developing countries. I think that's great opportunities when we think about Digital micro egg so there was recently a pilot that we that we were Someone volved in looking at delivery of my car between providers in the states and individuals in kenya when we used a Effectively what what happened was a phone was used to provide the micro So people can do micro echo on the phone and then we then am. I can't using week but ultimately we did nothing was something that we were kind of in touch with the transaction using stable coin was made and the person could offload in kenya. And the reason you do we the reason this was an opportunity was because it's very difficult to pay individuals and internationally when they're doing micro at because of the amount of the amounts that they actually making talking possibly two hundred dollars a month or a week for example and so when you pain two to five dollars and a transaction fee because you're taking it from pay pilots it's significant amount. You wanna reduce that as much as possible. So i think there's huge opportunities when you thinking about digital microwave especially when you think about remittances innovation which is a huge focus area and i mean pails recent announcement to to transact bitcoin on that platform is a huge. You know boot was that was that welded remittances because pay off as the primary battled for managing those kinds of international transactions. So i mean that's not the way specifically going to be doing but i'm just kind of giving you ideas of the areas dime super interested in and and others includes land land titling so we'll be talking with a number of sauce upstate Around supposing land titling at because property. The relationship between property and fashion inclusion is significant. If you can prove individuals access property you can prove that they can collateralized debt and if they can collateralized debt than they can affected increase that that financial opportunity and there and that wealth Cheesy so land. Titling is super interesting educational certificates. I think they slide. State is one of those really complex. Yes questions dissolve. And i'm sure you've you've seen how complex it is in your conversations whether because dislike st if you consider your Right you're facebook. You're you're on this podcast. One lead leads. The host of ensure blocks is different to one. The father theodore's right does different identities that you have you know it's also different to the guy you were at a university in the that that knows you shop so our identity is fluids concepts now when you break down you think about identity. Is this the record in the database and the and the relationship between that record individual needs to be needs to be supposed fluid and when we think about this in the context of blockchain's it becomes a very interesting and also very challenging architectural question to a certain extent. When you're thinking about how you manage to clayton's you manage creuse song but if you break into. Its component parts edgy education. I think education medical electoral land money. All these different components that translated into an identity education has been the lowest barrier to entry in my opinion because education is something that we want other people to see. I don't really want you to see my medical record. But i'd be willing to show you might catch record right and so it's something that can be transacted and can show the opportunity full despite density. It's a very and it's also not sensitive so i think educational records A great opportunity for the future also and so yeah that's effectively yet so engaged whereas remittances land titling educational accreditation does the kind of wells line super interested in going to teacher. I it is very interesting. But if you're going to be able to get and tackle all these in twelve months tackling memories and be saying those interested in rightness i think right now we're trying to tackle is how do we have. We made our work in more efficient. More impactful so Right now is kind of prioritization strategy and scanning finding interesting quiz and advising on our on our accelerates innovation process to make sure we selecting the best startups to support this mission. And then when it comes. The internal initiatives will be will. We'll keep you updated. I can't. I can't really speak about anything right now. Of course did you tell me you know in terms of we've got a a lot of listeners on this podcast and if they want to get involved they'll support the work doing. Can they do that. There are many ways to get involved. So i'm always open to have interesting conversations about blockchain with with with great people so they can definitely reach out to me. Gustaf's talk baynton. Updates might lincoln profile. Also so i apologize. Looks ready to be lacklustre but feel free to approximately that. But more more more. Broadly in some getting involved with innovation at the wealth food program number one. You can follow us on twitter at darby innovation if you such full. Wfan innovational linked in. You can join linked in group and keep up to date there. And i would also recommend downloading chef meal because That's great way to get involved support vector way doing and share. Share the food that you're enjoying the rest of the world exactly exactly not. I definitely recommend the show the meal app. And we'll put our links for people to be able to reach to you. But i'm going to fray where we're out of time now gustaf's i want to thank you so much for giving us an introduction to the very worthwhile work you know you're doing the world food program and the work that your colleagues are doing all around the world so this wraps up this podcast. We hope you've enjoyed this episode if you like. What if you heard this week please. Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast. Live review on itunes gustav. I think we're gonna have an appointment in twelve months time to see what all the things that you hope you can do to achieving hopefully in the next month's pleasure having on.
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"And that's the way that we that we operate great great. Yeah because i mean you're a member of the world food program innovation accelerator program in and because of that role seeming. You're you're exposed to a whole range of new and emerging technologies and something we had blocks are are quite passionate about is. How a blockchain plays the role of this foundational layer for the conversions economy also known as the web three point zero where emerging technology such as a i t three d. printing and others would leverage the backbone of blockchain is something that yet you see yourself personally. Well i mean. That's that's an interesting interesting. I mean you've got a couple themes in that. One is the work that we do. The innovation accelerates the other is on the future of blockchain. So maybe if i just the first i where the accelerator you're right. We have a huge exposure suit to interesting innovation. Ideas that come in that. Come through our doors. we have a. I think we have about sixty projects. Across forty five countries and so we have a very broad view of the delivery of innovation to support the eradication of well hunga. So i think you know that we've effectively gone through. I think in all time about six thousand one hundred applications. Fool the our so. It's it's pretty amazing. The number of individuals who wants you wanna get involved in unsolved problem and within those. Obviously there have been some really interesting uses of blockchain interest- interesting uses of iot and and others and from my perspective. The question of how can blockchain leverage the the web three point. Oh is one that that. I'm asking myself on a regular basis. A still have very knowledgeable because because i think the world is still growing and the first question if you think about like the digital transaction of knowledge so you can consider this. I remember a variety of projects that we're looking at the trading of at of algorithms between research is so for example. If i'm what he on algorithm it you want to use parts of my algorithm than you can effectively transact that via marketplace by a research So it's really interesting when you think about the trouser knowledge. How you can token is knowledge. Share shed that knowledge via via coordinated. System i i think. Inc blockchain is an interesting one as well considering the questions of hacking and of security when you're collecting collecting information from from iot devices. But this isn't really interesting. Problem and i- tougher example doing a lot of weapons of reducing the weights of the transaction. Because if you're trying to do an iot commit to a blockchain you don't be doing any of the processing on the oil. You don't wanna have to stood the legislation the iot device it needs to go through gateway gateway the connection between the iot devices gate rabies to be secure. You need to show that you'll you'll standing the information that souls that can be no change in that dates as possible from that seoul device to the to the blockchain which creates a fault opportunities. So i think you know what to be done us in the. I don't have the depth of visibility that i'd like to have a to to to get into that level of technical detail but i think over the next year. We'll see more and more decentralized away examples of decentralized autonomous systems that can that use a full decision making that that use a not as a way to collect information and and support those ai models and blockchain is away to ensure that that is recorded and appropriately autism and to ensure the knowledge transfers is moving up moving appropriately at. It's going to be going to be really interesting future. And i'm really interested in these in these topics. Yes definitely going to be a very interesting feature. And you mentioned you know you've had sixty five project safe. I heard you right that went through your innovation accelerator program. Is there some interesting. Outpost came out of those projects that you can share with us. We had sixty so. We think we've had sixty projects. Sixty sprints across forty five countries that are currently ongoing at. But we have had as. I said we've had thirty such kobylt which is eighty plus projects that have actually passed through. If that's i think is actually more than that. In any case a huge number of projects have The innovation accelerator fifteen of those at now in all scale program and those are the ones that are now supported in to you know really accessing the brute opportunity all of of skating with wealth food program at one of my favorites is h to grow. H grow is a hydroponics initiative that uses low cost low offensively low barrier to entry hydroponics for individuals living in arid environments or with little access to water and effectively. What we do is we take. You can take a top large piece of software or your or a large you know or an old oil house and we and and grow food inside inside of these in in desert environments an currently we have four hundred forty two units being used and seven thousand six hundred people actually using them. So i mean that's a huge example of grow you know really grassroots innovation right that and other one and the first one that really came out of Wbz innovation was shadow meal and share. The meal is an application that you can download you. Can you can gift. You can gift and donate food at two people around the world. We've car me solstice. Nineteen million meals shed meal and fifty. Three thousand people have been a supported thanks to the generous donations of people around the world. So so those are two great examples of innovation actually taking school. I actually love share the meal. I've been using it for. I think one or two years. Now both you know myself and my daughter's and whenever we have a moment where we can share. We use the app to to donate you know. I think there's a whole range of different things. You can donate by buying food. Parcels or also blankets and all kinds of things or not. It's a really cool app. And we'll put a link to it on the blog post. So let's look into the future you know. What are some of the world's food programs and initiatives over the next twelve months that you can talk to us about sure so two lady will be taking some time to think about how we engage in blockchain initiatives more strategically so recently. We haven't kicked off that. Many new initiatives so at the innovation accelerates kind of sits extend meets. You are a wbz kinda cool operational mutation. We also set quite far away from the field in the end. I'm sitting in a in an apartment in munich. So so i need to. We need to use a strong relationships strong and strong technological knowledge to create opportunities to use Especially now in the world covid. It's very difficult for me to travel for example to any of the cases where i might want to try something out things like i mean with still looking at at blockchain's in supply chains. We've been trying to take forward a project with ethiopia. Country office engine country offices.
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"In in the fifties also so i think you know the the impact of the wealth program has had in responding to covid nineteen which actually was also mentioned in the in the nobel prize Winning notes that the the committee released has been really astounding and something that. I'm very proud to be able to speak about now. Cox's bazar is is very separate to the covid. Nineteen response and in cox's bazar building is now currently active in eighteen. Seventeen much outlets. I don't have the exact numbers in terms of the full amount being transacted on building blocks but we are serving a think. We're serving yet. One hundred thousand six hundred thousand people in the refugee camps. Wbz's assistant goes out to about eight hundred sixty thousand. So you're talking. You know much more than half of being so by building blocks and do i think about blockchain as a way to To deliver will to serve covid nineteen to the question. Honestly i don't have enough visibility so it's difficult for me at exact to say so anything i say would be conjecture but i can give Effectively state that innovation new ideas new ways of delivering assistance more efficient ways at the different assistance especially considering tightening a budgets around the world of very very important to increase the effectiveness of of assistance so solutions like these will really more over the next over the next two years. I think now agreed. Just wanna come back a little bit more guarding to building blocks as we discuss of how it's being implemented you know in in in bangladesh has been implemented in jordan. Dc being rolled out in other locations around the world. Yeah i mean that's the plan. That's the plan. So kerr via the team in one of a digital innovation team in nairobi is connie supposing it all comes down to the ecosystem that that is that is available around doping blocks well and right you know there is there is a need for for the sediment detect lies so then he needs to be way to to to deliver the settlement then needs to be connectivity so one of the challenges you buy a desk. Was we needed to wait for the i team tax. She sets up wi fi in the in the refugee camps to enable that the communication. So that needs to be connectivity at there also needs to be an appetite and interest from the guts from the government in many cases blockchain's less but but anything that inquiry that requires some form of token transaction comes up to scrutiny. Who doesn't amazing job with of working with with central banks to to to talk through and help them understand what it is actually doing an explained that it is very dissimilar to sorry. It is very similar to to normal voucher program is just using a digital additional token and that normally satisfies things but but the ecosystem needs to be ready for it and that makes a lot of sense a few months ago. We we had your colleagues from unicef christina loma oh and fowler talk to us about the atrium a joint project that was developed by unisys will program in the united nations development programme. Did you remind our listeners. What is the atrium. And how the world food program is contributing to it shaw. So the atrium was a brain child that that christina myself and and as you said arianna team came up with now about two years ago what we noticed was that was a lot of replication between different initiatives so We saw the delivery of assists of voucher programs. Look very very similar and we also have the questions. How can we support the sharing of intellectual property the sharing of ideas between organizations to on the one hand reduced the replication but also increase the collaboration and so that was the initial leaders and then we started developing the concept. We brought into a boot camp with the united nations innovation network. I remember it was april. Twenty nineteen on may twenty nineteen but it was something along those lines and and we developed the first we pitched to a number of of individuals in our innovation and they were very interested. Also a little bit scared about what this might mean in some of the sharing of lying underlying technologies. That always good. If you if you're creating a bit of fear than you pressure you're putting pressure in the right places back to the coffee exactly back to the coffee. And so and so and so and so. We noticed that there was a there was an interesting ingredient Tight at that boot camp with a support from from some develops and then and then. Now what we've noticed is that actually. The level of knowledge in the united nations is still a still has a lot of room for growth full blockchain. And so what we're trying to do is we're trying to building and learning experiences into the atrium recreating a very collaborative space where Where un staff members can come learn about blockchain possibly develop their own small contracts and then and then use the private emissions network. That we've set tweeden ourselves just to test out ideas to then a create opportunities for collaboration scaling in that we also have more than about. I think it's about thirty projects Twenty study projects that are currently available for individuals to check out a un current. But we're gonna eighty to open up a little bit more of it Going forward but it's really creates the opportunity for people to identify what's happening also get involved with the with with with other organizations on blockchain so i think it is. I mean the the the car engagement is minimal but with a working hall to to raise that over the next of the next version. That's great and something which i noticed. We had an cecilia shapiro. Who works at the unicef venture funding. They have this fun to spirit ovation by investing in an open source startups. Is this something. Maybe the world food program is going to look it's creating its own venture fund to try and spur innovation in how technology can be used to assist in your programs. So i can't really speak to that because i don't have the but i haven't really heard about anything. Anything specific in terms of developing a venture fund. But if you think about the innovation accelerator. The innovation program already supports startups with financing and piloting opportunities around the world so Nba pod vaa innovation bootcamp than. We'll take them. Ideally to sprint and sprint is a nominee as three to six pilots in wsb focus country which we have which we will be supporting financially. And so we. We have a different mobile. Tia seth Win all rating on a on a kind of venture capital venture fund at kind of portfolio basis. But we are. We are more of a startup incubator rates and and.