Hunger in the news

17 December 2009

The United Nations on Wednesday launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to some 150,000 women in Sudan and Uganda to cut the risks of murder, rape and other violence they face in gathering firewood, while at the same time protecting the environment. The SAFE stoves initiative, organized by the WFP and other UN agencies, will be rolled out next year to reach eventually up to 6 million refugees, IDPs and returnees in 36 nations, where they are forced to walk further and further into the bush into unsafe areas to collect firewood, UN officials said here.

15 November 2009

The First Lady and Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni, has urged the people of Nakapiripirit to grow crops and stop relying on food relief. (..) The gardens are supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation through ACTED.

9 November 2009

The Australian government has pledged about sh173b to fight hunger in Uganda and other African countries in the next four years. (..) The UN World Food Programme estimates over a billion people in the world lack food (..).

5 November 2009

As African leaders gathered in Kampala mid last month to attend the African Union Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displace Persons, perhaps not so many of us were actually aware that elsewhere, in the UK, another conference was taking place to warn that the international law is inadequate to deal with millions of people forecast to become climate exiles in the face of escalating climate change.

4 November 2009

Akello, 45 is a mother of six and looks after four orphans. She has lived in Anaka Internally Displaced People’s Camp (IDP’s), Amuru District, for over 20 years (.. )While living in the IDPs, people could not cultivate food, so Akello and her family depended on food distributed by the World Food Programme.

4 November 2009

An organization that predicts famines says it expects a reduction in the number of Ugandans facing extreme hunger. (..) He [Narman Ojwe, the resident district commissioner of Moroto District in Karamoja] praised the World Food Program (WFP) for feeding the people in the region. “They distribute the food according to the number of people in a household.”

3 November 2009

The number of Ugandans facing extreme hunger will probably fall to 1.38 million from 2.11 million between now and December as harvests improve, the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Network, known as Fewsnet, said today.(..)Food insecurity, particularly in the dry northeastern Karamoja region, remains high with the United Nations’ World Food Program feeding 1.15 million Ugandans.

1 November 2009

Every time I visit Katine, in north-east Uganda, an image remains in the mind for months afterwards. In May, it was a long queue of girls laughing and chatting as they waited at a dirty water pump for hours to fill their jerrycans. In September, it was the eager face of an 18-year-old boy who proudly showed me his school report and told me how it took him three and a half hours to walk to school – and three and a half hours back. I looked with incredulity at the teachers' praise for his schoolwork. When could he find time to do his homework?

29 October 2009

A crisis is looming over the small-scale farms of Africa. Experts agree that climate change is manifesting itself in the form of prolonged drought in many parts of Africa. (..) The World Food Programme estimates that across East Africa, more than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation and in dire need of food aid.

28 October 2009

Consecutive rain failure and poor harvests over the last four years resulting in the food crisis in Karamoja year-in and year-out, highlight the need for a new approach if the perennial food shortages are to be tackled. (..) According to Mr Stanlake Samkange, WFP Country Director, they helped communities to open new land, expand the land that is planted, and encouraged self reliance. “We have helped open up a 400-acre cassava multiplication site in Nakapiripirit, working closely with Fao, our partner. We have a similar 400-acre site in Moroto, which we plan to expand.”