Hunger in the news

18 February 2011

Since November, East African countries have registered serious drought conditions that are likely to worsen in coming months. (..) The assistant minister in the Kenyan Ministry of State for Special Programmes, Mahmoud Ali, was also at the event and stressed that the government was providing food assistance to one million Kenyans while the World Food Programme (WFP) was distributing food to another 1.6 million people.

9 February 2011

Poor rains, especially in the Somali and Oromiya regions of Ethiopia, have led to food shortages and prompted the government and its international partners to appeal for US$226.5 million in relief aid for almost three million people, a government official said. (..) "The drought is persisting," Felix Gomez, deputy country director for the UN World Food Programme, told IRIN. "We have seen early migration of livestock [which has] begun to pressurize water points and pasture."

28 January 2011

Land grabs have grabbed global attention. It's on the agenda at the World Economic Forum this week, and as the trend for large land acquisitions accelerates, it has moved from being primarily a story about Middle Eastern petrodollars pouring into Africa, to a much more widely spread phenomenon affecting many parts of south-east Asia, such as the Phillipines, as well as Latin America. (..) The US environmentalist Lester Brown points out in his new book, World on the Edge, that in 2009 Saudi Arabia received its first shipment of rice produced on land it had acquired in Ethiopia while at the same time the World Food Programme was feeding 5 million Ethiopians.

20 January 2011

Growing signs of drought in the Horn of Africa could lead to food shortages in Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia, while rising food prices may put its budget under pressure, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday. "Certain regions that are prone to drought and weather variation are showing signs of cyclical food shortages," Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director with the U.N. agency, told Reuters. "The Horn of Africa immediately comes to mind.

25 November 2010

New automated weather stations could boost Ethiopia's fledgling agricultural insurance schemes, expanding the use of payouts triggered by abnormally low rainfall and reducing costly visual verification of yield losses. (..) "The stations will allow us to identify climate risks at an early stage and better protect vulnerable, food-insecure people in rural areas through innovative projects such as the weather risk insurance," said Felix Gomez, Ethiopia acting country director for the World Food Programme, which installed the stations.

25 November 2010

The number of Ethiopians requiring emergency food aid has fallen by almost 3 million to 2.3 million following a bumper harvest, a United Nations official said. (..) There were “major concerns” in 2008 and 2009 “but now with better weather conditions the numbers have dropped,” Judith Schuler, spokeswoman for the UN World Food Program in Ethiopia said by phone.

22 October 2010

The National Meteorological Agency (NMA) this week completed installing 20 automated weather stations donated by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide real-time data for early warning and weather risk management.

28 September 2010

World Food Program (WFP) donated on Tuesday agricultural equipments valued at 200,000 USD for three local organizations. The recipients were Addis Ababa Grain Traders Association, South Ethiopia Peoples' State (SNNPR) Unions’ Federation and Gode (integrated project).

7 September 2010

Floodwaters have displaced nearly 16 000 people in north-eastern Ethiopia, the UN said on Monday, weeks after thousands of others were affected in the country's central region. (..) Ethiopia, home to over 80-million, is regularly hit by floods. According to the World Food Programme, more than 183 000 people were affected in 2007.

25 July 2010

Russia donated on Saturday 2, 805 metric tons of wheat to World Food Program (WFP) Ethiopia. (..) Lynne Miller, WFP Ethiopia deputy country director, thanked Russia for its generosity and said the number of people affected by the drought is dwindling.