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UN feeds three million for Philippines emergency relief

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday it has fed 2.9 million people in the Philippines as part of the Typhoon Haiyan emergency operation. WFP has dispatched a total of 30,716 metric tons of food including rice and high-energy biscuits to feed the hungry following the devastating storm last November.

WFP says it will now shift from emergency mode to recovery and livelihood support in the coming months. A system called Food-For-Work is expected to be utilized. Citizens will receive food rations in exchange for labor on projects to rebuild communities.

Some Food-for-Work projects being considered are reforestation, nursery establishment/ rehabilitation, and the clearing of debris on farmland.

The UN food agency relies entirely on voluntary donations for its mission in the Philippines and other countries. A number of countries have contributed to the Philippines relief including Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, European Commission, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

The WFP also reports that "millions of dollars have been received from generous private donations."

Meanwhile, The UN children's agency UNICEF conducted screenings of over 97,000 children under 5 to determine levels of malnutrition in the storm-hit areas. UNICEF reports that "392 children were found to be severely malnourished and 2,191 moderately malnourished."

Treatments include using Plumpy'Nut and other nutritional foods to combat the malnutrition. WFP distributes Plumpy'Doz to children at risk of developing malnutrition.

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