Hunger in the news

13 May 2011

Eighteen months after fleeing across the riverine border separating the two Congos, some 120,000 refugees seem to have little prospect of returning home soon. (..)Numerous cases of domestic and sexual violence have been reported by refugee women, according to UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP).

11 May 2011

It's noon at Jean-Félix Tchicaya Primary in Pointe Noire, the economic capital of Congo. Students are settling into their chairs, but not to resume their lessons. They are waiting eagerly for the hot meal that's served in the classroom each day, their plates already laid out on their desks. (..) According to the school's administrators, the World Food Programme (WFP) provides them with 756 meals each day, covering every grade from grades one to five.

26 April 2011

A provincial governor in the Democratic Republic of Congo has offered about 14 million hectares of farmland to large-scale farmers to boost agriculture in the mineral-rich Katanga province.(..)"I think the conditions for producing food are better here than in neighbouring countries; (here) they have land, water, people," the WFP's country head, Abdu Dieng, told Reuters.

12 April 2011

If donors are serious about helping to rebuild war-torn countries, they should give reliable, steady amounts of aid money, be prepared to run their projects for a minimum of 15 years and think big, according to a World Bank report which urges new thinking to tackle conflicts and violence.(..)"Consider China’s economic investment in and trade with Africa (investment is estimated to have at least tripled since 2002), Brazil’s peacekeeping role in Haiti, Indian development assistance to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia’s increased assistance to the World Food Programme, and the evolving roles of South Africa, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates in mediation," the report says.

19 November 2010

Gaetan Charlly Lengou knows how lucky he is to be part of a new, state-funded farming community -- but he knows he will have to deliver results in the project, designed to tackle Congo's food crisis. (..) A July report by the UN's World Food Programme noted that nearly one in three children under five suffered from chronic malnutrition.

17 November 2010

With at least 2 million displaced people, Congo has one of the world's largest populations of those who have lost their homes and fled their villages. (..) UNHCR and the UN's World Food Program airlifted more than 50 tons of supplies. "You land in Bondo at the only airstrip in the area," said UNHCR spokesman. "From there, it's two days by motorbike to get there. The same road, the same way, had to be taken by materials and by food supplied by WFP. All these things were pushed on the backs of bicycles through narrow jungle paths."

11 October 2010

In recent years, the World Food Program (WFP) has been engaged in a vast humanitarian assistance program to help the vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). (..)According to the resident representative of WFP in DR Congo Abdou Dieng, the return of many displaced people in the east of DR Congo led to an increase of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2009. "The number of people who benefitted from humanitarian assistance in DR Congo rose from 2.6 million people in 2008 to 4.2 million people in 2009," the WFP resident representative in DR Congo said.

16 September 2010

Around the world, the UN's World Food Program, or WFP, provides food to about 90 million people per year, almost two thirds of whom are children. Working in 73 countries this year, the WFP plans to provide about 3.7 million tons of food to those unable to produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families. In his hometown in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mateso Kibinda was heading to work in the fields one morning when he saw several of his neighbors in front of him.

31 July 2010

Josette Sheeran, director of the World Food Programme (WFP), just visited the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She heard first-hand the stories of attacks on civilians and children being recruited to fight. WFP is providing food aid to 150,000 people in the North Kivu province who have been displaced by fighting between the government and rebel groups. Sheeran said, "we've heard story after story of tremendous suffering among the people here and violence that has been perpetrated on them — and we condemn that violence and echo the call for increased stability."

23 July 2010

The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Adolphe Muzito, on Thursday appealed to the World Food Program (WFP) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to help consolidate peace in the war-torn Central African country. Muzito made the appeal in talks with visiting Josette Sheeeran, the WFP executive director, and Antonio Guterres, the UNHCR commissioner.