Hunger in the news

1 April 2014

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) chief Antonio Guterres and World Food Program (WFP) chief Ertharin Cousin are both slated to visit Ethiopia on Tuesday to assess the situation of South Sudanese refugees there, a spokesman for the UNHCR's Ethiopia office said Monday. According to spokesman Kisut Gebregziabher, the two officials have already arrived in South Sudanese capital Juba, from where they are expected to travel to Ethiopia.

26 March 2014

Refugees from South Sudan are also escaping south to Uganda and Kenya and north to Sudan, but with the onset of the rainy season, options will be limited and many more civilians will be driven towards Ethiopia. Transporting food and other supplies to the refugees will become more difficult and expensive as the few existing roads, many of them little more than dirt tracks, become impassable. Then there are the additional threats around sanitation and health – malaria, diarrhoea and cholera included.

13 March 2014

Today, improved national and international responses thankfully mean that famines are rare, but the heavy toll of chronic hunger, affecting those who simply do not get enough of the nutritious food they need for a healthy diet, remains a devastating reality in too many communities around the world. Equity must be hard-wired into all our global efforts to ensure nobody is left behind. We must recognise that income inequality is a significant factor that lies behind the failure of most of the world’s poor and hungry to meet their food needs.

16 December 2013

Ertharin Cousin of the World Food Program said that financial inclusion should not be seen as another aid program. “The goal is to create an opportunity where we begin a program that ultimately becomes a full agricultural value chain improvement that outlives WFP’s participation,” explained Cousin. With a population of more than 84 million people, and more than 80 percent of them living in rural areas, Ethiopia was chosen for a three-day work visit on financial inclusion by the three U.N. food agencies: the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

13 December 2013

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and UN agencies- WFP, FAO and IFAD – senior officials paid a two-day visit in Ethiopia aimed at supporting efforts to make financial services more accessible, help improve the lives of the rural poor, among others. In a press briefing held at Sheraton Addis Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin also said that they visited jointly implemented projects run by UN agencies to improve food security and income generation activities of smallholder farmers in Hawassa.

14 May 2013

Sidama Elto is one of 16 cooperative unions in Ethiopia that have signed forward contracts with the WFP for the purchase of more than 28,000 metric tons of maize grown by their smallholder farmer members. The maize, which is part of 112,000 tons of food the WFP purchased in Ethiopia last year, will be used for WFP relief distributions in the country. Ten years ago, many of those farmers and their families were receiving food aid from the WFP. One of the major lessons in agricultural development over the past decade is this: Markets Matter.

27 February 2013

Local farmers’ cooperatives in Ethiopia are beginning to deliver what is expected to be the largest amount of maize they ever sold to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), as part of a pilot project to promote small farmers’ access to local markets. “Our goal here is to support Ethiopia feeding itself,” WFP Country Director Abdou Dieng said in a press release issued today.

26 February 2013

Here in Rajasthan (India) as in parts of Ethiopia, lack of water is the big problem. (..) In common with approaches tried by donors such as the World Food Programme in Ethiopia, Eficor asked the villagers what their priorities were. Water – or lack of it – was, unsurprisingly, a key concern. Farmers in Rajasthan have land, but often leave areas uncultivated because of the lack of water.

28 June 2012

More than half of all Ethiopians have access to an improved source of drinking water, but the country still has much work to do if it hopes to achieve its goal of providing access to safe water and sanitation for its 83 million people by 2015, experts say.

19 June 2012

Ethiopia is synonymous in many people's minds with drought and famine. In some parts of the country, staying alive and healthy during the dry season without food handouts is difficult. But in the Tigray region, a pioneering project to manage environmental resources - which conserves water and improves food security - is transforming the fortunes of some families. Meet two mothers who live a few hours' drive apart, but whose lives are very different. (Images courtesy WFP/Jiro Ose and Ruth Evans)