Hunger in the news

23 April 2012

Mothers with hungry and malnourished children are traveling by any means they can to get to feeding sites and clinics in the Chadian desert, such as Dibinindji, where no roads exist and where it is sometimes too late to save their babies’ lives. (..) The inhabitants in this vast expanse of the Chadian desert eke an existence from subsistence farming in this unforgiving environment, and this year it has been especially unkind. (..) Health and U.N. officials warn that more children will die if the international humanitarian assistance is not increased.

2 April 2012

Food can take up to four months to reach those who need it most in landlocked Chad, making airlifts the best and speediest way to reach vulnerable children, WFP’s Chad country director Alice Martin-Daihirou said in a statement. (..) Almost 200 tons of fortified peanut paste have been flown into Chad to help prevent malnutrition in tens of thousands of children in the drought-stricken country, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) says. (..) WFP aims to help 1.6 million people in the worst-affected regions of Kanem, Bahr-El-Ghazel, Batha, Sila, Ouaddai, Wadi Fira, Hadjer Lamis, Lac and Guera in the Sahelian belt of the country.

20 March 2012

In some parts of west Africa, water levels have become dangerously low and pastureland has disappeared. The UN estimates more than 13 million people are at risk of serious food shortages. Here, Chadian women in the Bahr-el-Ghazal and Guera provinces speak about the poor harvest over the last few years and the difficulties they have in feeding their children.

15 March 2012

Aid agencies say funding is urgently needed to stave off a food crisis in the band of dry, drought-ridden territory that stretches from Senegal to Chad called the Sahel. (..) Humanitarian workers say severe food shortages threaten more than six million people in Niger. All together, United Nations agencies, including the World Food Program, are calling for just over $1 billion to head off the food crisis in the Sahel this year.

21 February 2012

The United Nations is warning of a new food crisis in Africa, with droughts and poor harvests leaving more than 10 million people in need of assistance. Niger, Burkino Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Cameroon and Nigeria have all declared states of emergency in relation to the drought.

10 February 2012

Last year, around 13 million people in the Horn of Africa needed food aid. Now aid agencies warn failed harvests in the Sahel, the band of desert and scrub that runs south of the Sahara, mean 12 million more people require assistance. (..) The world has more than enough food to feed itself. Redistributing it to those who lack their share is the job of large and well-funded international aid agencies, particularly the World Food Program.

27 January 2012

The African nation of Chad is in the middle of a hunger crisis as drought has struck, ruining the country's food supply. (..)The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing school feeding in Chad as part of its response to the crisis. (..) “If the current level of funding doesn't improve, WFP will not be able to carry out school meals in the coming months,” said Malek Triki, WFP information officer.

25 January 2012

Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa's Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali. (..) Even in an average year 450,000 children in Chad need treatment for acute malnutrition, but the number will increase dramatically this year.

27 October 2011

(..) Food production is expected to be lower than usual in parts of western Niger, Chad’s Sahelian zone, southern Mauritania, western Mali, eastern Burkina Faso, northern Senegal and Nigeria, according to a report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and a separate assessment by USAID’s food security monitor FEWS NET.

29 June 2011

Chadian families are facing worsening food insecurity, becoming more indebted, and selling off personal possessions as they try to cope with the loss of remittances from relatives who have returned home from Libya. (..) People in the Sahel are chronically food insecure: In 2010 some 10 million people were at risk of hunger due to prolonged drought and poor harvests; almost one in five children were chronically malnourished, and 5 percent severely, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).