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28 March 2011

In the gritty gusts of a sandstorm, men in turbans and women in veils stood uncomplaining for hours outside a ramshackle kiosk, lined up for their daily loaves of "life."(..)The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program said hard-pressed governments are being pushed toward cutting food subsidies, at great risk. "When it comes to food, the margins between stability and chaos are perilously thin," Josette Sheeran said in a statement on the Middle East situation.


20 February 2011

Poverty, repression, decades of injustice and mass unemployment have all been cited as causes of the political convulsions in the Middle East and north Africa these last weeks. But a less recognised reason for the turmoil in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and now Iran has been rising food prices, directly linked to a growing regional water crisis. (..) The pressure on natural resources is increasing, and the pressure on the land is great," said Giancarlo Cirri, the UN World Food Programme representative in Yemen.


14 February 2011

The protests in Egypt show the debilitating effect of high food prices on a society. The struggle for basic food though goes far beyond Egyptian borders. (..) Josette Sheeran, head of the UN World Food Programme, says, "We are entering an era of food volatility and disruptions in supplies. When it comes to food, the margins between stability and chaos are perilously thin."


11 February 2011

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) today said it is continuing to provide food assistance to vulnerable Egyptian families and is making plans to expand its existing food-for-education and food-for-work programs to include more people affected by the economic slowdown under the current political crisis.


11 February 2011

The World Food Program said it was ready to respond with food assistance to Egyptians as political unrest closes much of the national economy. (..) Gianpietro Bordignon, the WFP representative to Egypt, said in a statement that his agency was delivering rations to thousands of vulnerable Egyptian families during the political crisis. "We are committed to maintaining nutritional assistance to the most vulnerable Egyptians and especially children at a time when poverty and the economic slowdown will hit the country's poorest population," he said in a statement.


10 February 2011

These last two weeks, the headlines have been dominated by political turmoil in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, the most populous and precarious of the countries currently experiencing popular demonstrations against their leadership. (..) Regardless of the politics of the issue, no one can deny the scale of the human tragedy facing the people living in the Gaza Strip. CHF International's own staff there who, for example, distribute vital food through the UN World Food Programme , testify to the extreme difficulty of the conditions: reconstruction is impossible and even with the slight loosening of the blockade last year, there is still little that can be done other than to bring temporary relief.


9 February 2011

The cost of feeding millions of starving people increased markedly in 2010 as rising grain prices pushed up the cost of staple foods, data from the World Food Program showed Tuesday. Figures seen ahead of the release of the WFP's annual report show that while the United Nations' food-relief agency bought 22% more food last year than in 2009, the amount it spent rose 30% to $1.25 billion.


7 February 2011

In April of 2008, 11 people in Egypt starved to death while waiting in line at a local market for bread. “Aysh,” the Arabic word for bread, is so essential in Egyptian culture it also translates to mean life. (..) To assist in this vital hunger issue, The United Nations’s World Food Program (WFP) has partnered with the Globial Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Egyptian government in an effort to distribute and bake healthier bread.


4 February 2011

The World Food Program is warning that increasing food prices are fueling instability and protest. (..) WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement that food stability plays an important role in "calming public anger and bolstering stability."


31 January 2011

The protests sweeping Egypt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak threaten the delicate balance in the Middle East.(..)Egypt is the largest Arab nation in the region; its population is fed up with corruption and poverty. The U.N.’s World Food Programme describes Egypt as a low-income nation that suffers food shortages and where 14 million people earn less than a dollar a day.