Hunger in the news

15 September 2014

About 5 million Cambodians are undernourished. This costs the country up to $400 million every year. That is the dollar cost to a human tragedy, according to a new report by UNICEF, the World Food Program, and Cambodia’s Council for Agricultural and Rural Development.
The price of malnutrition – $250-400 million a year – is around 2 percent of the country’s total annual GDP. This is money that could go towards improving roads, power, and schools.

15 September 2014

H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sport toured WFP’s school feeding programme. He visited WFP’s school meals and food/cash scholarship programme, met with student beneficiaries-(pre and primary students) and scholarship recipients (students in grade 4-6). The delegation also met and talked with local authority, the school committee, director, teacher and parents/guardian of the students. They visited the food storage, school gardening which vegetable seeds are contributed by the parents as part of their contribution to daily hot breakfast.) 
The visit was accompanied by WFP Country Director, Gianpietro Bordignon and the United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jeff Daigle. It is for the first time that the Minister witnessed the programme and met with students who receive WFP’s food scholarship programme. 

15 September 2014

The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.
“Cambodia is going to pay the highest price for dam development basin-wide, to the point of affecting the food security of its 80 percent rural population,” Eric Baran, a specialist with the WorldFish Centre, an international research NGO based in Phnom Penh, told IRIN. “Worldwide, there is no bigger consumer of freshwater fish than Cambodia.”

10 April 2012

A high-level delegation from LG in South Korea recently visited Prey Veng Province in Cambodia to witness the impact of their three-year support to the communities participating in WFP’s Food-for-Assets programs. The delegation was led by Young-Kee Kim, Executive Vice-President and Chief Relations Officer of the LG Group and their Corporate Social Responsibility Team accompanied by Monica Marshall, WFP Global Head of Private Partnerships and Edith Heines, WFP Cambodia Deputy Country Director.

4 November 2011

The World Food Program appealed Friday for food aid for Cambodian flood victims, saying that with the price of rice of the rise, the poorest households face the prospect of not having enough to eat.

26 October 2011

Para Hunzai of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently reported on the massive flooding taking place in Cambodia. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. Livelihoods have been lost as farm lands have been swept away. This crisis is taking a great toll on the many families in the country already living in poverty.

10 October 2011

The Mekong River and flash floods had killed at least 207 people and affected about 1.2 million people in 19 inundated cities and provinces in Cambodia, Nhim Vanda, the first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said on Monday in a press briefing. (..) He said that China, Japan, World Food Program, and a number of local and international organizations have also provided emergency relief to the flood victims.

30 May 2011

MORE than 700 people showed up yesterday morning at East Coast Park for a 2km walk which culminated in a fair, and they helped to raise over $80,000 for underprivileged children in Cambodia. The Walk The World event, held annually by express-delivery company TNT, consumer-goods company Unilever and global science-based company DSM, was organised in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).

11 May 2011

The governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay are drafting laws to curb acquisition by foreigners of extensive tracts of their fertile agricultural land. (..) The study says Cambodia, which receives aid from the World Food Programme, has leased rice fields in Qatar and Kuwait, while Uganda has granted concessions on its wheat and maize fields to Egypt, and interested parties from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are making approaches to the Philippines.

9 December 2010

Every night, in one of Cambodia’s many open air restaurants, beer girls walk between tables of customers, topping up glasses and adding the huge chunks of ice Cambodians insist is dropped in their beer. (..) here are already several projects underway. LG Electronics recently announced a three-year partnership to support work by the UN World Food Programme in Cambodia to aid road links between markets and schools, and the World Health Organisation is supporting its national counterpart in working with the private sector to make anti-malarial drugs affordable to all Cambodians.