Stiff sentences in U.N. worker's death

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Five men convicted in the 2008 slaying of a U.N. worker in Kenya were sentenced to 56 years each in prison, the United Nations said Wednesday.

U.N. begins food airlifts to Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 27 (UPI) -- Airlifts of food to famine-stricken Somalia were beginning Wednesday, the U.N. World Food Program said.

Food crisis looms in Horn of Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 4 (UPI) -- The number of people who may need emergency food assistance in the Horn of Africa could grow if spring rains are low, the World Food Program warned.
WFP hails work of women in fighting hunger

WFP hails work of women in fighting hunger

PARIS, March 8 (UPI) -- Women are the "secret weapon" in the global fight against hunger as they make up most of the world's farming workforce, the World Food Program said.
Libyans need food, WFP says

Libyans need food, WFP says

ROME, March 4 (UPI) -- The World Food Program said from Rome that it needed open humanitarian corridors to deliver much needed food aid to the Libyan people.

Food, medical aid flocks to Libya

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 1 (UPI) -- With food aid on its way, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it's "absolutely vital" that displaced Libyans get the aid they need.

WFP warns of rising food insecurity

ROME, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Turmoil across the Middle East in conjunction with a steady rise in food prices serves as a warning about food security, the World Food Program said.

Kenya faces drought and less food aid

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Drought-wracked Kenya still urgently needs food aid and a U.N. official said Friday a shortage of donations will reduce monthly rations.

Agency seeks $3 billion to feed hungry

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The U.N. World Food Program says it needs an immediate donation of $3 billion to avoid cutting its services around the world.

U.N. aid worker killed in Somalia

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The U.N. World Food Program said Tuesday one of its staff was gunned down while monitoring a school feeding program in the southern part of Somalia.

Commentary: FedEx to the bottom billion

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Food, fuel and financial crises intersected in a silent tsunami that created 20 million "desperately hungry." The World Food Program doesn't worry about Wall Street and Main Street. Its "Green Berets" are embedded in places with no street.

Fast-food giant gives $80M to feed hungry

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The operator of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken committed $80 million to help feed schoolchildren worldwide, the United Nations said Friday.

Commentary: Malthus the canary

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Last month’s G8 summit in Japan already has been overtaken by events in Geneva this week. India and China flexed their global muscles to demonstrate America’s waning ability to impose global trade rules. They pulled the plug on the much-heralded Doha Round of trade talks under way for the past seven years.

Food export bans feeds problems, some say

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 30 (UPI) -- Grain export bans enacted by India, Vietnam, China, Bolivia and other countries are only partly effective in holding down prices, experts said.

Commentary: Not by bread alone

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Food riots suddenly erupted widely. Links with the subprime mortgage crisis dubbed the global upheaval the Perfect Storm.
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Josette Sheeran
Bill Gates, left, founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks about the Purchase for Progress initiative which will aid poor farmers as he is joined by Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda and Josette Sheeran, executive director of United Nations World Food Programme during a press conference a the UN on September 24, 2008 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Josette Sheeran is the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 2006, and began her tenure April 2007. Prior to this post, she served as the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in the State Department since August 2005.

As Executive Director of WFP, Sheeran is responsible for managing the world’s largest humanitarian organization with nearly 11,000 staff worldwide. WFP provides emergency food aid to the world’s hungry as well as addresses the causes of chronic hunger. The UN estimates that there are more than 850,000,000 hungry and malnourished people, disproportionately represented by women and children who are often victims of war and natural disasters; those who do not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation; orphans and families affected by HIV/AIDS; and schoolchildren in poor communities.

"I think we can, in our lifetime, win the battle against hunger because we now have the science, technology, know-how and the logistics to be able to meet hunger where it comes," Ms Sheeran said.

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