Hunger in the news

27 February 2009

Nepal is unlikely to overcome - in the near future - the key challenge of increasing agricultural production and reducing reliance on imports, which have made the country particularly susceptible to rising global prices during 2008, said a report of World Food Programme (WFP).

12 February 2009

[...] Paradoxically, at a time when most of the countries in the world are bracing themselves to face the challenges of the crisis, Nepal is experiencing an all time high inflationary situation. This is extremely worrying. If the figures published by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) and the survey carried out by the World Food Programme in collaboration with other institutions are to be believed, prices are not only high but rising rapidly at the rate of 14.4 per cent. According to a survey of the market, coarse rice is being sold at Rs. 40 per kg, pulses at Rs. 85 and edible oil at Rs. 150 in Kathmandu and food items are costlier in the remote districts of the country.

10 February 2009

Soaring food prices have left around three million people in Nepal on the verge of starvation, according to the UN’s World Food Programme. High transportation costs, flooding and export ban by India have led to a huge deficit of food supply in several parts of the country. More than 2.7 million people in Nepal need immediate food assistance as high food prices plunge them over the edge, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The UN agency also warned that it was running out of money and desperately needed more than $40 million to feed hungry people in the Himalayan nation. [...] "Prior to the global food crisis, the most food insecure people were in the remote mountain and hill areas of the mid and far west of Nepal," said Richard Ragan, country director for the WFP in Nepal.

5 February 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) has said that about 26,000 Nepali people in the western region are highly food-insecure due to insufficient summer crop production, high food prices, and limited income opportunities. Issuing a monthly food security bulletin, the World Food Program (WFP) Nepal stated that several areas of hills and mountains of the mid and far-west regions were highly or moderately food-insecure. The WFP's monthly food security bulletin was issued on Wednesday. Over 26,000 people are highly food insecure in Dolpa, Jumla and Mugu districts of mid-west region, where cases of acute child malnutrition have been reported.

5 February 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) has said that there is an indication of poor to moderate winter crop yield in some parts of the Mid/Far-Western hills and mountains due to insufficient rainfall, according to media sources. A report released by the WFP stated, “If no rain occurs in February, production could considerably decrease, further deteriorating the food security situation from June onwards,” Over 26,000 people are highly food insecure in Dolpa, Jumla and Mugu districts where cases of acute child malnutrition have been reported.

20 January 2009

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations World Food Program (WFP) have announced a joint effort to increase Nepali girls' attendance in primary schools in five southern Terai districts where gender disparity rates are some of the highest. School enrollment of girls in these districts is far behind Nepal's national average where less than half of them complete primary education, said the joint press release issued on Tuesday. "Providing monthly-take home rations to girls is a powerful tool for increasing school attendance because it enables girls to help feed their families," said WFP Deputy Country Representative, Dominique Hyde, adding that this joint program will enhance how communities view the education of girls and provide them with a major incentive to send them to school regularly.