Hunger in the news

23 February 2012

The international community must urgently aid tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in northern Mali and prevent their displacement from burdening host communities already hit by food insecurity, an official of the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. (..) More than 55,000 people have fled Mali into neighbouring Niger, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso while another 60,000 are internally displaced within Mali since fighting erupted, the official said.

21 February 2012

The United Nations is warning of a new food crisis in Africa, with droughts and poor harvests leaving more than 10 million people in need of assistance. Niger, Burkino Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Cameroon and Nigeria have all declared states of emergency in relation to the drought.

31 January 2012

Drought and high food prices are taking their toll among millions of already impoverished people across several nations. Mauritania is one of the countries trapped in this crisis. (..) At a time of low crop production and high food prices, the safety net of school meals for children becomes ever so valuable. However, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is so low on funding that supplies are about to run out for the breakfast and lunch it has been providing to schoolchildren throughout Mauritania. Jacqueline Seeley, WFP information officer, provides further details.

25 January 2012

Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa's Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali. (..) Even in an average year 450,000 children in Chad need treatment for acute malnutrition, but the number will increase dramatically this year.

18 January 2012

Famine fatigue. (..) But try telling that to the people of Niger, or Mauritania, or to any of the other countries in the Sahel whose populations are heading for a struggle to feed their families and wondering why them, why again. (..) The good news is that governments in the region and humanitarian agencies are pulling together, taking on board some of the lessons learned from earlier crises in a bid for greater coordination ahead of the hungry months ahead.

19 October 2011

The Mauritanian Consumer Protection Association raised alarm bells earlier this month when it warned that Mauritania was at risk for famine due to a shortage of rainfall. (..) Analyst Abdul Moemen said that the World Food Programme estimated the number of Mauritanians threatened by famine at 900,000 people, with the number likely to rise.

2 September 2011

Are there any taboos affecting eating habits in Mauritanian households? How do eating habits vary among different ethnic groups, and different family members? (..) These are some of the questions food aid experts and sociologists will examine in a “food consumption habits” study to be launched in the coming weeks across Mauritania. It will go beyond customary assessments to get at details experts hope will significantly improve food security programmes, according to World Food Programme (WFP), which is leading the study.

13 May 2011

The United Nations’ World Food Programme bought almost $1 million of sugar and wheat for delivery to nations including Algeria. The UN agency purchased $704,340 of sugar from Suiker Unie’s Limako Suiker BV, according to its website today. The WFP also bought $284,625 of wheat from Ballouhey SA.

21 March 2011

The UN World Food Programme's (WFP) school feeding program in Mauritania is suspended as it awaits new food supplies. A WFP official explains, "Every year from January-May we have a very difficult time finding funding, and by the time the funding arrives, the whole purchase-arrival process means that food will arrive the end of the school year (May)."

3 December 2010

IN SOME ways Alhaji Bunu Fodio is lucky: at least his house is still standing. Most of Kagara, his dusty village in Nigeria’s far north, was smashed to smithereens during this year’s rainy season when an unexpected deluge burst a nearby dam. (..) The rest of the world spends vast sums sustaining life in the Sahel. The UN’s World Food Programme, which is funded largely by governments of rich countries, has asked its backers for $300m-plus to spend on emergency aid this year.