World Food Programme

Tonga records significant drop in acceptable food consumption in rural areas

This was highlighted in the World Food Programme Mobile Vulnerability Analysis Mapping.

The results showed that 71% of rural households considered to have acceptable food consumption in November, compared to 85% in urban areas.

Rural areas also had the highest micro-nutritional deficiencies: 32% low for Vitamin A, 37% for Haem Iron (9% of which reported no consumption at all) and 24% low protein intake, with 1% reporting no protein intake at all.

UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize


The Rome-based organisation says it helps some 97 million people in about 88 countries each year and that one in nine people worldwide still does not have enough to eat.

"The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more conspicuous than ever," Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference.

The prize is worth 10 million Swedish crowns (approx $NZ1.7m) and will be presented in Oslo on 10 December.

This year, there were 318 contenders - 211 individuals and 107 organisations.