Hunger in the news

9 December 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger and Chinese former gymnast, Li Ning (R, back), and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Xianyi (L, back) hand out biscuits to the students at a primary school in western Dhaka, Bangladesh

8 December 2009

The World Food Programme's first Chinese Ambassador Against Hunger, Li Ning, visited Bogra on Sunday to meet some of the 400,000 women and children who have received China's help. He was accompanied by representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. The Chinese ministry has donated more than US$2 million to WFP Bangladesh over the past two years.

5 December 2009

Poshan, a class four student of Jashaldia High School of Jashaldia village under Louhajong upazila in Munshiganj district, goes to his school regularly. (..) To ensure primary education for all children, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) under the joint initiatives of the government had started school feeding programmes in different districts in 2001.

19 November 2009

It is in southern Bangladesh, one of the regions of the world considered most vulnerable to climate change. I found that the people living there have a stark choice in front of them.
Either they begin adapting to their conditions and look for alternative ways to earn money and get food, or they pack their bags (unless they want to starve).

17 November 2009

The national food policy of Bangladesh says that food is a basic human need (..). John Aylieff of World Food Program (WFP) said: "First of all, hunger and malnutrition are probably the biggest impediments to economic growth in the world today. The economic cost of hunger is immense. It is estimated that $20 to $30 billion a year are lost in the world due to hunger and malnutrition. It means that $500 billion to $10 trillion are lost in productivity and income. So, an investment in malnutrition and hunger today is an investment in tomorrow's GDP."

29 October 2009

"We would like to further expand our aid programme in Bangladesh, but the assistance really depends on the government's sincere desire as well as donors' response to it," Deputy Executive Director (DED) of the WFP Staffan de Mistura told the news agency in an interview this week.

27 October 2009

The government will distribute 26 lakh tons foodgrains under social safety net programme this fiscal.(..)WFP Deputy Director Staffan de Mistura assured the minister of extending its support for conducting social safety net programmes.

18 October 2009

A country-wide anti-poverty rally this week pledged to unitedly fight against poverty for building a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh. (..) Only recently, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and the World Bank in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) updated the poverty map, completed in early 2009.

14 October 2009

People of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area are passing days amid concern about food supply in the aftermath of 2007 rodent attacks that caused massive destruction to their crops in fields and stores.(..)Another survey conducted by WFP revealed that local people identified food as their 'top priority' need while shelter, cash and health care ranked second, third and fourth respectively.

9 October 2009

Prof Wahidudin Mahmud on Thursday underlined the need for effective tripartite partnership involving the government, private sector and non-government organisations (NGOs) to help address the issues of food insecurity and child malnutrition.(..) WFP Representative John Aylieff, Head of Global Financial Sector of WFP Brett Rierson, Chairman of Policy Research Institute Dr Zaidi Sattar and corporate representatives spoke on the occasion.