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2 March 2011

Unrest in Libya has cut off a 3,000km supply route the World Food Programme has used since 2004 to bring food to tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians in eastern Chad. “WFP used the Libya corridor for about 40 percent of its food aid to Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians,” Jean-Luc Siblot, WFP representative in Chad, told IRIN.


5 January 2011

Turkey donated two million USD to the United Nations World Food Program to be used as assistance to Chad and Niger, two countries experiencing lack of food items due to the ongoing drought. Turkey donated two million USD to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to be used as assistance to Chad and Niger, two countries experiencing lack of food items due to the ongoing drought.


3 December 2010

IN SOME ways Alhaji Bunu Fodio is lucky: at least his house is still standing. Most of Kagara, his dusty village in Nigeria’s far north, was smashed to smithereens during this year’s rainy season when an unexpected deluge burst a nearby dam. (..) The rest of the world spends vast sums sustaining life in the Sahel. The UN’s World Food Programme, which is funded largely by governments of rich countries, has asked its backers for $300m-plus to spend on emergency aid this year.


5 October 2010

"The level of malnutrition among children under five is above the emergency level in all the Sahel (arid sub-Saharan region)," according to a WFP official (...) "We have decided to refocus our work on malnutrition until the end of the year by distributing food during three successive months to all the children between six months and two years old," as well as "a ration for all the mothers of these children," said the WFP representative in Chad, Jean-Luc Siblot.


28 September 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) say they will go beyond what they call "business as usual" to ensure people get fed. (..) The UN's World Food Programme or WFP has responded to the lack of food by setting up a series of centres in an attempt to meet the nutritional needs of children and other malnourished people. It's hoped the food will get families through the so-called 'lean season' when food is in short supply and expensive, far beyond the financial means of Chad's poorest people. Jean-Luc Siblot is the Country Director for WFP in Chad: "WFP is putting all its efforts in terms of logistics, in terms of staffing, in terms of nutrition activities, etc to bring down this problem of malnutrition."


21 September 2010

AlertNet interviewed three experts on various aspects of the crisis (..) AlertNet interviewed three experts on various aspects of the crisis. (..) Claude Jibidar: The worst seems to have been averted in Niger, thanks to efforts by the government and its partners... Food prices are now declining in the region and livestock prices are improving. The October harvest will also have a beneficial effect on household food security. However, the needs for recovery remain high, especially for the most vulnerable who have lost their livelihoods during the 2010 food crisis.


17 September 2010

As harvest time approaches in the Eastern Sahel, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday warned that rates of malnutrition among children remained critical in Chad. 'We've seen the positive impact of timely, well-coordinated food and nutrition assistance delivered in partnership with the government in Niger,' said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, who added that 'the situation in Chad is still alarming. After a long and crippling lean season, children are weak and need to continue receiving food and nutritional support.'


16 September 2010

Although there are signs of improvement in Niger, which is in the midst of a severe food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that child malnutrition rates are alarmingly high in neighbouring Chad. “We’ve seen the positive impact of timely, well-coordinated food and nutrition assistance delivered in partnership with the Government in Niger,” where almost half of the 15-million strong population are hungry, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.


13 September 2010

Abundant rains in Chad have raised hopes for an end to severe food shortages but the effects will linger and lead to new difficulties across Africa's Sahel region in 2011, aid workers predict. (..) "The worst has been averted and, with the prospect of a good harvest (this year), we think we should be out of an emergency situation soon," Jean-Luc Siblot, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) in Chad, said in a phone interview.


10 September 2010

Aid strategies for treating children suffering moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) have remained virtually unchanged for 30 years. As part of UN-led efforts to revamp policy, several initiatives in West Africa are examining how best to treat the condition, a major cause of death and disease worldwide. (..) One product being evaluated in Mali is CSB++, a more nutrient-rich version of the corn-soya blend long used by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for moderately malnourished children. Nutrition experts say the original CSB does not contain the nutrients to stem MAM.