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29 July 2011

ON JULY 27th, after days of toing and froing, the first aid flight at last landed in Mogadishu, capital of famine-hit Somalia. It carried 10 tonnes of plumpy nut, enough to reverse malnutrition in 3,500 children. (..) The WFP says that 5,000-10,000 people could die of starvation in southern Somalia in August. (..) The result, says Josette Sheeran, the WFP’s boss, is that “we have one-third the number of people suffering from the emergency than we might have done [in Ethiopia].”


28 July 2011

JEFFREY BROWN: What is your current assessment of the situation in those camps we saw and in Somalia? JOSETTE SHEERAN: Well, I was just in those camps, and it really is an unfolding tragedy, as people flee the areas in Somalia where aid workers have not had any access.


28 July 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme on Thursday said it was seeing a surge in donations to help people suffering from drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, as it continued to scale up relief operations.


28 July 2011

For young children in drought-stricken areas of Kenya, primary schools providing free lunchtime meals are operating as "life-saving centers" in communities where food is increasingly scarce. (..) The Kenyan government currently funds three types of school feeding programs across the country, in collaboration with the U.N. World Food Program.


28 July 2011

Purchase for Progress is the signature program of Josette Sheeran, who served in the U.S. State Department under President George W. Bush before running the UN’s World Food Program, the globe’s biggest food-aid agency. When she joined the WFP in 2007, she looked for new ways to combat famine. “What we began to ask,” says Sheeran, “is how do we purchase in a way that helps it be a solution to hunger?”


27 July 2011

"At present, 2.4 million people are food-insecure and the number is expected to increase, to be stated firmly after the [March-May] long rains assessment," said Pippa Bradford, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) country director, adding that approximately 3.5 million people could be food-insecure by August.


27 July 2011

The United Nations’ World Food Programme bought $38.2 million of wheat for delivery to the Horn of Africa region, where malnutrition and famine have killed tens of thousands of people. The UN agency purchased $22.54 million of wheat from Glencore Grain BV for delivery to Ethiopia and $15.64 million of the grain from Midgulf Services Ltd. for shipping to the Djibouti region, (..).


26 July 2011

After a slow initial response, Canadians are now giving generously to the relief effort in drought-stricken East Africa, aid organizations say. (..) As many as 11.3 million people in the region urgently need food aid, according to the World Food Program and The UN says $300 million is needed in the next two months to stop the spread of famine in the Horn of Africa.


26 July 2011

Al-Shabaab, which has aligned itself with al-Qaeda although just how closely is unclear, has denied access to the areas under its control to large UN humanitarian organizations like UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) since 2010.


26 July 2011

“These are becoming roads of death,” Josette Sheeran, executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, told reporters in Nairobi over the weekend. “Over half the women I talked to had to leave children to die or had children die.”