Hunger in the news

11 August 2009

Jhum cultivators in Bangladesh's Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) areas who were affected by the rodent crisis of 2007 are yet to find their feet back on the ground. (..) Reports of the World Food Programme (WFP) says that majority of the affected households in the area is dependent on jhum cultivation of paddy, sesame, cucumber, cotton, ginger, gourd and maize and 80 to 90 per cent of the crops were damaged in 2007.

28 July 2009

Eighty thousand destitute rural women are under the process of becoming self reliant through "Vulnerable Group Development for Ultra-Poor (VGDUP) project" providing food security, cash support and livelihood trainings. (..) Location of the project were selected on the basis of poverty incidence and level of food insecurity as provided in the Food Security map of Bangladesh, prepared jointly by the government and World Food Programme (WFP).

24 July 2009

Two million children aged between six months and five years are suffering from acute malnutrition in Bangladesh due to last year's price hike of essentials, the official news agency BSS reported on Friday. This was revealed by a recent nationwide survey jointly conducted by the World Food Program (WFP), UN Children Fund (UNICEF) and Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) of Bangladesh.

15 July 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday received US$9.1 million from the government of Japan to provide food assistance to the ultra-poor living in areas affected by floods, riverbank erosion, coastal cyclones and tidal surges in Bangladesh. (..) WFP Representative in Bangladesh John Aylieff terming Japan an unfailing partner for WFP and Bangladesh said, "This Japanese assistance is targeted to the most vulnerable households in disaster prone areas. The grant will enable extremely poor communities to enhance their resilience to shocks by creating human and physical assets and improving life skills and income earning capacity".

16 June 2009

Paradoxical though it may appear the governments across the world, despite a crippling economic downturn, spent more on defence purchase in 2008 than any time before. The total billing on upgrading arms by nations reached $1.46 trillion, a wire service reported recently. In sharp contrast to this the World Food Programme (WFP) a UN agency reported it was scaling down food aid to poverty ridden countries mostly in sub-Saharan region of Africa due to resource constraints.

10 June 2009

Some 20 million children go to school on an empty stomach every day, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) which, together with a media production house, brought out a rally to focus on the fact recently. The purpose, ostensibly, was to mobilize public opinion and inspire concerted action from all quarters to end child hunger. Worldwide, hunger-related child mortality is one in every six seconds, says WFP, and for Bangladesh it is two children every hour.

8 June 2009

Country Director of World Food Programme (WFP) John Allif and Deputy Country Director Michael Danford expressed their satisfaction at the WFP assisted ongoing special employment generation programme in Rangpur. They conveyed their delight on Wednesday while visiting the project activities in Pirgachha and Kawnia upazilas and talking to the beneficiaries, including men and women, and distributing wages among them, official sources said on Saturday.

28 May 2009

The United Nations agencies are providing technical support to assess the damage in southern Bangladesh following Cyclone Aila, which also hit parts of the neighbouring India earlier this week. (..) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were helping the Bangladeshi Government assess the affected districts.

6 May 2009

Rahela Robitudu has not been able to buy meat for her family in the past one year or so. The Santal woman heading the four-member family at Chakrotiram village in Tanore upazila says they quite often pass half-fed or unfed nights due to lack of earning. (...) these ultra-poor community, got a little respite when the World Food Programme, assisted by the European Commission, launched a 30-day income generation scheme — cash and food for work programme.

28 April 2009

Local and foreign staff members of UNICEF, IFRC and WFP have left their local offices following threats from the militant outfit JMB, reports UNB. (...) No official was found in the office of WFP. A security guard of the office said there was none in the office. BMP commissioner-in-charge Abdur Rahim said some of the employees of UNICEF, IFRC and WFP left Barisal to attend programmes in Dhaka. "I know nothing about closure of the offices." (...) Three separate letters were sent to the offices of UNICEF, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and World Food Programme situated in the same building in the name of the banned Islamist outfit on April 20.