Hunger in the news

2 July 2013

More work is needed to improve nutritional behaviour in Timor Leste, where 58 percent of children under five are stunted (too short for their age) due to chronic malnourishment, experts say. (..) “It is not always simply a case of whether people have access to enough food, but often more a question as to whether the quality of food consumed is sufficient to prevent malnutrition. Many people’s diet consists of little more than the basic staples,” said Alberto Mendes, country director for the World Food Programme (WFP).

18 April 2011

YOUNG KFC store manager, Debbie Forsyth, travelled to East Timor earlier this year to help with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). KFC’s parent company, Yum, is a WFP partner. They run the World Hunger Relief project and every year KFC stores across Australia raise money to fight hunger in a different country.(..)In East Timor, WFP are building school kitchens and providing school children with one meal a day.

12 October 2010

In 2002, East Timor became the youngest nations in the world when gained full independence from Indonesia, which invaded the country in 1975. The road had been long and hard and the country remains fragile.

27 July 2010

East Timor's first food processing plant has begun producing blended foods tailored to the nutritional needs of the country. (..) The United Nations' World Food Programme says the Dili plant will cut the cost of distributing fortified foods, create jobs and provide a market for small farmers. The Programme's country director Joan Fleuren says starting the operation in East Timor, one of Asia's poorest countries, was a risky venture.

28 May 2010

Private Timorese company Timor Global plans to produce nutritious foodstuffs for pregnant women and infants, with the support of the World Food Programme (WFP), WFP representative Joan Fleuren said in Dili Thursday. Under the name of Timor-Vita, the factory will produce a food supplement, which will be packaged in small quantities to make distribution and storage easier and will be ready to eat.

26 May 2010

Vulnerable people in Timor-Leste will receive a nutritional boost, thanks to a new food fortification factory set up with assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The new site will produce fortified blended food, called Timor-Vita, targeted for children under the age of five and pregnant and lactating women.

1 April 2010

The WFP says about one-third of Timor-Leste’s 1.1 million inhabitants regularly experience food shortages, notably towards the end of the two lean seasons between harvests, October-November and February-March.(..)“This is probably one of the most effective food-based interventions against child malnutrition,” Joan Fleuren, the WFP country representative in Dili, said(..)

25 August 2009

In three years, Manuel Gaspar's blacksmith business has gone from producing seven tools a week with a handful of helpers to 140 tools a day and 23 permanent staff.
Job opportunities in Baucau District of Timor-Leste are limited, but with some help, Gaspar was able to transform an ailing family trade into a successful enterprise.