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30 June 2011

A drought plaguing parts of the Horn of African means around 9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the World Food Program said from Rome. (..) "A slowly evolving regional hunger crisis may not have the immediate impact of a mega-emergency like the Haitian earthquake, or Pakistan floods, but the drought and rising malnutrition in the Horn affects more people and its effects are equally devastating," WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement.


30 June 2011

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday announced that two of its staff members safely returned after being missing following a deadly incident in Ethiopia. On May 13, the two staff members went missing after an incident in Ethiopia's Somali Region. The convoy in which they were travelling was attacked by assailants while on a monitoring mission.


29 June 2011

ELEANOR HALL: The United Nations is warning that more than 10 million people could be affected by the horn of Africa's worst drought in decades. (..) TIMOTHY MCDONALD: (..) Emergency appeals throughout the region are about half funded and the World Food Programme is currently able to meet only a third of the actual food needs in its areas of operation.


29 June 2011

An estimated 9 million people across the Horn of Africa are facing a severe food crisis following a prolonged drought in the region, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Wednesday. According to WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, drought conditions in Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and parts of Uganda has left children and women in need of humanitarian assistance.


29 June 2011

(..) The United Nations’ food agency has been forced to scale back aid in two of the affected countries, Somalia and Ethiopia, due to a lack of funds, at a time when rations should be increased, Josette Sheeran, WFP’s executive director, said in an e-mailed statement today.


29 June 2011

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced concern over the plight of nearly 10 million people facing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa, adding that resources for the relief effort in the region are dwindling at a time when assistance needs to be stepped up.


28 June 2011

Two staff of the U.N. food agency who went missing in Ethiopia last month have been handed back, according to a rebel group that says it rescued them but is accused by the government of ambushing them in the first place. Government authorities and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) each blamed the other for a May 13 attack in which the U.N. World Food Programme said one of its staff was killed, one injured and the pair of Ethiopian nationals went missing.


28 June 2011

(..) The drought has caused big spikes in food prices. The price of grain in Kenya is now 30-80% above average. That kind of increase is taking its toll on many moderately poor families. As you've probably heard by now, George is working with the UN World Food Programme as an Ambassador Against Hunger.


10 June 2011

Swiss Re (RUKN.VX) is to reinsure a five-year project that provides drought insurance for crops in Ethiopia, in a micro-insurance programme developed by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America.


3 June 2011

In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. (..) Most of these land acquisitions are in Africa, where some governments lease cropland for less than $1 per acre per year. Among the principal destinations were Ethiopia and Sudan, countries where millions of people are being sustained with food from the U.N. World Food Program.