Hunger in the news

23 August 2011

Heavy monsoon rains have caused several major rivers in Bangladesh to burst their banks, displacing thousands and affecting nearly a million people in all, according to the country's Disaster Management Bureau (DMB). (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed high energy biscuits to some 60,000 displaced in Satkhira. "Food and shelter are the big problems in the immediate future," Michael Dunford, WFP Bangladesh country director, said from Dhaka.

23 August 2011

Floods in southwest Bangladesh have inundated vast swathes of farmland, affecting nearly a million people, many of whom are stranded on embankments with no food or shelter, officials said Tuesday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) is also providing emergency food assistance to 57,000 people affected by floods in Satkhira, the agency said in a statement.

19 August 2011

(..) “Thousands of poor families have been devastated due to the effects of the flooding. A vast number of ultra-poor people are stranded on embankments, with no access to food and shelter,” said acting WFP Country Director Michael Dunford.

14 July 2011

Bangladesh's remote Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has the worst health record, say health workers and aid agencies. (..) The UN World Food Programme recently reported that Sajeck Union, part of Rangamati District, had undergone repeated food security crises in the past several years attributed to a rat infestation, restrictions on cultivation, rising prices and a seed shortage.

1 June 2011

World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of US$30 million from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for operating its flagship school feeding programme.

31 May 2011

World Food Programme (WFP) and LG Electronics (LG) will help boost the resilience to disasters and household food security of more than 10,000 people in Patharghata upazila of Barguna district.

19 May 2011

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $51.3 million in food assistance to Bangladesh in the 2011-12 fiscal year. (..) The McGovern-Dole award will provide benefits worth $30 million for 350,000 children through the World Food Programme (WFP).

12 May 2011

Farmers in parts of Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) face a seed crisis that is undermining the food security of thousands, the World Food Programme (WFP) says.

21 April 2011

Tens of thousands of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face abuse, starvation and detention in a "silent crisis" that could lead to a humanitarian emergency if the authorities do not do more to protect them, a report by Refugees International (RI) said.(..)Christa Rader, WFP's country director for Bangladesh, told AlertNet the situation is "critical because the people living in the camps depend 100 percent on the food we provide".

17 March 2011

The World Food Programme (WFP) and Unilever in a joint programme will provide 95,000 primary school students with micronutrient-fortified biscuits in four upazilas of cyclone Aila-hit Satkhira.