Hunger in the news

7 October 2009

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed cash vouchers to 10,000 vulnerable households in Kabul. Between September 2009 and February 2010, each selected family will receive a cash voucher of US$30 a month to buy food or other items of their choice from 20 identified retailers.

14 September 2009

The Canadian government spent more than $350-million in the past year alone on development in Afghanistan. (..) Cost $48.9-million Time Four years - Through the World Food Programme, this provides food aid via general food distribution, food-for-work, food-for-education, and food-for-health programs.

7 September 2009

On May 17, 1946, former President Herbert Hoover spoke to America about a world threat "more destructive than armies," a force so powerful as to bring "disorder and the paralysis of government, and even its downfall." Hoover was not speaking of the atomic bomb but rather the hunger and starvation which was striking much of Europe and Asia after World War II.(..)Today, school lunch programs are still vital to the reconstruction of war-torn nations like Afghanistan. The charity World Vision and the UN World Food Programme are among those helping the new government of Afghanistan build its education system through school feeding

3 September 2009

Josette Sheeran, head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), says she envisions "a day when the people of Afghanistan are feeding themselves and when our school meals program is supplied with wheat grown in Afghanistan." WFP, with the help of Canada, has established several biscuit factories which employ Afghan women.

2 September 2009

The UN refugee agency has set up a special tented camp in a desolate and arid region of northern Afghanistan to accommodate hundreds of long-term Afghan refugees who have been returning to their homeland in recent weeks. (..) Other partners involved included the World Health Organization, the UN Children' Fund, the International Organization for Migration and the World Food Programme (WFP).

31 August 2009

The U.S. military uses cargo planes to air-drop vital supplies to isolated ground troops fighting in Afghanistan’s rugged mountain ranges. The U.N. World Food Program does the same thing, for isolated refugee communities in Democratic Republic of Congo.

24 August 2009

Afghanistan is going through a serious public health emergency, exacerbated by the unstable political situation in the region. Food shortages could leave 8 million Afghans — 30 percent of the population — on the brink of starvation, unless more effective aid is provided soon. (..) For example, in 2005 an average household was spending 56 percent of their income on food. Now that figure has risen to 85 percent, according to Susannah Nicol, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program (WFP).

19 August 2009

(...) The two countries have sparred repeatedly about each other's activities in Afghanistan. Indian officials say their Pakistani counterparts have claimed that there are more than the official four Indian consulates in Afghanistan, and that they support an extensive Indian spy network. For years, Pakistan refused to allow overland shipment of fortified wheat biscuits from India to feed two million Afghan schoolchildren. India instead had to ship the biscuits through Iran, driving up costs for the program. The World Food Program, which administers the shipments, said the Pakistan government gave its approval for overland shipment in 2008 -- six years after the first delivery from India. "Why did it take six years ... is something that WFP cannot answer," a spokesman for the aid organization said. "However, we are indeed thankful to the government of Pakistan for allowing transit for the fortified biscuits." Mr. Basit, the foreign-ministry spokesman, didn't respond to a question about the Indian food assistance.

19 August 2009

A local aid worker in Afghanistan explains the risks he runs working for the UN World Food Programme. (...) Last month, while I was visiting my family in southeastern Afghanistan, my mobile rang. I didn’t dare answer it. I recognised the number — it was a colleague I work with at the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Kabul — but I couldn’t risk being overheard speaking to her in English. Most of my relatives in Paktia province don’t know that I work for the United Nations. I tell them I run a private business — the same story I give to my neighbours in Kabul. The truth could put us all in danger. I’ve never programmed the numbers of my international colleagues into my mobile phone because I don’t want someone to find them there if I’m searched at a roadblock. I leave my work phone behind when I travel to the south to visit relatives and friends.

10 August 2009

Farmers in Afghanistan's top cereal-producing provinces worry that the decline in wheat prices will push them into poverty, while urban consumers welcome the fall. (..) "We aim to prevent a major deflation in cereal prices," Saaduddin Safi from the MAIL, told IRIN, adding that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was also encouraged to buy local cereals. WFP's food aid programme has millions of beneficiaries across the country but is mainly reliant on imports.