Hunger in the news

5 January 2011

Top supporters of Côte d’Ivoire’s outgoing president (..) have launched a new hostile media campaign against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country. (..) On Tuesday the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it would immediately make food available for close to 21,000 refugees. Last week, UNHCR started distributing WFP-supplied high energy biscuits to children under five, lactating mothers, pregnant women and people in poor health. While awaiting the food distribution, refugees are helping their host communities to harvest crops in exchange for a portion of the rice, cassava and other staples collected.

5 January 2011

UNOCI has called for the immediate cessation of negative campaigns by Gbagbo’s camp through Radio Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), which has been broadcasting injured people depicted as victims of shootings by UNOCI, which UNOCI has denied. (..) The WFP and UNHCHR are speeding up food and aid delivery to the over 22,000 Ivoirians – mostly women and children – who have fled to Liberia.

4 January 2011

Amidst efforts to solve Côte d’Ivoire’s political gridlock, UN humanitarian agencies are gearing up to deal with the humanitarian repercussions of the country’s ongoing crisis. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted five metric tons of high energy biscuits to assist the growing number of people crossing into Liberia’s Nimba County – the first consignment in a wave of food assistance that WFP is mobilizing to meet the immediate nutritional needs of the refugees.

21 December 2010

Albertine Yahwah sits on a hard wooden bench, cradling her little baby in her arms. The 20 year-old walked from the Ivory Coast with her two children and her husband to reach this small town across the border in Northern Liberia. (..) The United Nations High Commission of Refugees and the World Food Programme say they have enough provisions and supplies for up to ten thousand refugees.

25 March 2010

In Côte d’Ivoire, programs like school feeding are part of the process of helping that country recover from conflict. (..) But low funding for the World Food Programme is forcing a ration cut for almost 430,000 children in Côte d’Ivoire.

5 March 2010

The amount of food given to 430,000 schoolchildren in Ivory Coast has been cut in half due to lack of funding, and the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday it could fuel unrest in the world's top cocoa grower. "Unless we secure $6 million in funding soon we will have to completely cut rations in April," WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told a briefing. The funds would cover the programme until June.

17 February 2010

The political impasse in Côte d'Ivoire is raising concerns among aid agencies about their readiness to respond to a possible humanitarian fallout, after identifying worrying capacity gaps. (..) Some sectors, including protection, have no response scenario in place at all, while others such as food security do not have enough funding to maintain existing programmes, according to World Food Programme (WFP) head in Côte d'Ivoire, Alain Cordeil.

7 January 2010

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking over $20 million to enable the agency to respond to the humanitarian needs of people in Côte d’Ivoire and five neighbouring countries over the next three months. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, reported that it has airlifted five metric tons of high energy biscuits into Liberia for distribution in the border area, enough to feed 7,000 refugees for three days. WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella said the agency will work with UNHCR to set up an emergency relief operation to assist 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Côte d’Ivoire and 15,000 refugees in Liberia for 45 days.

22 December 2009

Health user fees in Côte d'Ivoire are hindering the fight against child malnutrition in the west (..). Acute malnutrition in the west and north are on average at 3.6 percent and 5.4 percent respectively; while chronic malnutrition is at over 40 percent on average in both regions, according to preliminary results of a 2009 nutrition study done by the Health Ministry, with help from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

17 December 2009

Nearly three years from the signing of a peace agreement in Côte d’Ivoire, emergency operations are slowing but humanitarian needs remain (..). Just half of the World Food Programme’s funding requirements were met between 2007 and 2009, WFP’s Côte d’Ivoire representative Alain Cordeil told IRIN.