Hunger in the news

12 November 2009

In Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme is set to start a school feeding program for impoverished Iraqi children on November 16th. The program was to get underway at the end of September but delays in food procuremement and customs delayed the start of the school meals which will benefit 170,000 Iraqi children.

11 November 2009

Majid can hardly believe his good fortune. He harvested so much wheat this year that he can feed his family (..). "We even have a surplus of 50,000 tonnes," he [Noor Mohammad, the chief of the agriculture department in Samangan] said. "We have asked the agriculture ministry and the World Food Program to purchase the surplus so people will be able to make a profit."

9 November 2009

Military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwestern Pakistan have forced hundreds of households to abandon their homes and seek refuge in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar (..) UNHCR said it had distributed tents, blankets, jerry cans, plastic sheets, warm clothes, soap and sleeping mats to 289 displaced families, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was planning to deliver food to 290 families in the near future.

9 November 2009

Some 30 UN personnel based in Afghanistan were flown to Dubai last night, the first of hundreds due to be temporarily relocated following a deadly attack that targeted the world body in Kabul last month. (..) The UN has approximately 6,000 staff across Afghanistan, including 1,100 international staff. Those who will be temporarily based in Dubai work for agencies including the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP).

5 November 2009

After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan was a nation in tatters - in need of basic relief, reconstruction and political and civil development. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) has been operating in Afghanistan since the 1960s but the country's needs are as acute as ever.

5 November 2009

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan announced plans on Thursday to relocate hundreds of foreign staff members, sending some out of the country, in the wake of a lethal attack on its workers at a guesthouse last week.(..)Five United Nations workers for the World Food Program were killed in a suicide attack at the program’s offices in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, in early October.

3 November 2009

How to win the peace in Afghanistan is a major question the Obama administration is currently grappling with. But no analysis (..) will be complete without looking at the hunger and poverty that afflicts so many Afghans. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) helps Afghan families struggling because of high food prices in the country. Programs like school feeding are run by WFP as well as initiatives to increase local food production.

29 October 2009

''I want to express my outrage at the loss of so many innocent lives,'' Mr Ban told a news conference (..) Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, also condemned the attack, as well as the killing of UN staff yesterday in Kabul.

29 October 2009

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Wednesday's suicide attack on a U.N. guest house in Kabul that killed nine people, including six U.N. staffers, will not deter the organization from its mission in Afghanistan. (..) The United Nations has come under increasing attack from terrorist groups in South Asia. Earlier this month, five World Food Program employees were killed in a suicide blast in neighboring Pakistan.

28 October 2009

Taliban militants wearing suicide vests and police uniforms stormed a guest house used by U.N. staff in the heart of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing 12 people — including six U.N. staff. It was the biggest in a series of attacks intended to undermine next month's presidential runoff election.