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13 May 2011

The United Nations’ World Food Programme bought almost $1 million of sugar and wheat for delivery to nations including Algeria. The UN agency purchased $704,340 of sugar from Suiker Unie’s Limako Suiker BV, according to its website today. The WFP also bought $284,625 of wheat from Ballouhey SA.


20 February 2011

Poverty, repression, decades of injustice and mass unemployment have all been cited as causes of the political convulsions in the Middle East and north Africa these last weeks. But a less recognised reason for the turmoil in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and now Iran has been rising food prices, directly linked to a growing regional water crisis. (..) The pressure on natural resources is increasing, and the pressure on the land is great," said Giancarlo Cirri, the UN World Food Programme representative in Yemen.


31 August 2010

Although Pakistan's floodwaters are beginning to recede after the country's month-long drenching, the heads of several U.N. agencies say aid still is in urgent need across the country. (..) The World Food Program's Josette Sheeran said her agency needs $90 million more to double the three million people who have received a month's supply of food. (..) "We still find many of the roads and bridges damaged and destroyed," said Sheeran. "And so it is not necessarily making the operations easy in the areas where there is some receding or [making] planting possible."