Hunger in the news

19 March 2011

The Aschiana Foundation is reporting that two of its child centers in Afghanistan are out of funding for food. (..) Where possible, local food producers could supply the ration programs for the street children.The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) encourages local purchase of food for its aid programs which includes school feeding.

8 March 2011

The European Union (EU) announced on Wednesday that it had signed a contract with the World Food Programme (WFP) to contribute US $900,000 worth of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. “The WFP welcomes the EU donation to our efforts in Afghanistan,” the WFP regional information officer, Khaled Mansour, told IRIN. He said the donation was in response to the WFP appeal launched last month for 175,000 mt of food as aid for 4 million Afghans hit by the worst drought in 30 years and the deteriorating economy.

1 March 2011

"My children want bread in this cold weather but I don't have enough food to feed them," said Siddiqa, a 35-year-old Afghan woman. (..) The latest national survey has found that about 7.4 million people in Afghanistan, 31 percent of the country's population, suffer from food insecurity, Public Information officer of WFP Challiss McDonough told Xinhua on Monday. "In 2011, our plan is to distribute food for around 7.3 million people across the country," she said.

28 February 2011

An Afghan boy carry a bag of wheat on his shoulder during the food distribution in Kabul, Feb. 28, 2011. Thirty one percent of Afghanistan's some 30 million population is facing food insecurity problem, according to WFP.

23 February 2011

In the poorest countries of the world, just a little vitamin A or folic acid can make a big difference in people's lives, particularly those of women and children. And Canada, thanks to a commitment to child and maternal health made at the G8 Summit held in Muskoka last year, is being recognized for such efforts. (..) And finally, in a project in which it has partnered with the World Food Program and UNICEF, it fortifies foods such as wheat flour with iron and folic acids.

15 February 2011

The World Food Programme is finding it harder to provide food aid in Afghanistan, reports Arwa Damon, due to the impact of rising wheat prices. [Video]

14 February 2011

Flash floods and heavy snowfall killed 25 people and damaged up to 3,000 houses in different parts of Afghanistan over the past two weeks, according to government officials. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had dispatched 250 tons of food aid to Shindand and that distribution was ongoing. “The government requested food assistance for 16,000 people in Herat and we approved the requested immediately,” said Challiss McDonough, a WFP spokeswoman in Kabul.

11 February 2011

Afghanistan could face a serious drought in 2011 that would make millions of poor go hungry and fuel instability as foreign troops seek to reverse surging violence in the battle against the Taliban. (..) "A shock to the system like drought, conflict displacement or natural disaster can push those people into food insecurity," said Challiss McDonough, spokeswoman for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Kabul.

26 January 2011

Up to 500,000 tons of wheat will be stockpiled in different parts of Afghanistan in anticipation of a mid-level drought later this year, with the aim of assisting vulnerable communities, stabilizing food prices and preventing shortages, officials told IRIN. (..) Aid agencies such as the UN World Food Programme plan to distribute food aid to 7.8 million people in 2011, according to a Consolidated Appeals Process launched by the UN and NGOs in December 2010.

20 January 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Afghanistan are mapping out a common strategy for providing food aid to millions of vulnerable Afghans over the next three years. WFP’s country representative in Afghanistan, Louis Imbleau, met Vice President Abdul Karim Khalili, in Kabul yesterday, to strengthen coordination between the agency and the ministries with which it works in Afghanistan, where its current three-year Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation, launched last April, aims to help on average 7.3 million vulnerable people each year, mainly in rural areas.