Hunger in the news

15 July 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a donation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of 1,098 metric tons of dates valued at 3.6 million USD. According to a news release WFP sent to WIC, the donation would be used to assist refugees and school children in Ethiopia.

13 July 2010

Ethiopia has lifted a two-year ban on the export of cereals such maize and sorghum, following a good harvest which has led to surpluses, according to a government official. (..) Mohamed Diab, country director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia, said WFP would, through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) project buy some of the surplus food from smallholders. "P4P benefits both Ethiopia’s small farmers and WFP… The farmers have a secure market and income... and WFP can buy food at competitive prices for people in need in Ethiopia.”

10 July 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday welcomed an Algerian donation of 2,500 metric tons of rice valued at 1.9 million USD to provide food assistance to HIV/AIDS patients in Ethiopia.

1 July 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over eight rice polishing machines valued at 16,800 USD to the Amhara state agriculture and rural development bureau as part of its continued support to small-scale farmers in Ethiopia. (..) "Through the donation of the rice polishing machines, we want to encourage farmers to be actively involved in the development of the rice production in Ethiopia," said WFP Ethiopia Country Director, Mohamed Diab.

22 June 2010

After Josette Sheeran was appointed as the 11th executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2006, her official inaugural visit was to Ethiopia, in April 2007. For an organisation that is feeding more than 90 million poor people in more than 80 countries worldwide, it was symbolic to start her career with the country perceived by the outside world as a poster child of hunger and famine. (..) The executive director went back to her base, Rome, and devised an initiative, which she named, Purchase for Progress or P4P as it is known in the bureaucratic corridors of the UN agency.

16 June 2010

The World Food Program (WFP ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) enabling to take part in auctions to purchase local products. ECX Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eleni Gebremedhin and WFP Country Director Mohammed Diab signed the MoU.

9 June 2010

"We will be self-sufficient," said Gebremichael Giday, chairman of Abreha we Atsebeha, a village high in the arid uplands of northern Ethiopia, about 45km from Mekele, capital of the Tigray region. (..) "All you had to do was build terraces to prevent rainwater from rushing down the hill-slopes - the soil then acts as a sponge and absorbs the water," said Giday. This is a form of watershed management; Ethiopia loses 1.5 billion tons of topsoil to erosion every year, a major contributor to food insecurity, according to World Food Programme (WFP).

5 June 2010

The World Food Program (WFP) and German Development Bank (KfW) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding at German House to raise funds for climate change initiatives while at the same time promoting fuel-efficient stoves in Ethiopia, reports the Ethiopian Reporter. The agreement also promotes cooperation in the field of the clean development mechanism within the framework of Kyoto.

12 May 2010

Ethiopia said on Wednesday it expects another 25,000 refugees fleeing fighting in Somalia to cross its border by the end of the year and appealed for $13 million dollars to feed its refugee population. U.N. food agency, WFP, which provides all food aid to refugees in Ethiopia, warned that without the extra funding it would have to reduce food rations by June this year.

11 May 2010

Allan Jury of the World Food Program said there are some challenges that must be met if Ethiopia wants to feed the 4.7 million who suffer from hunger and malnutrition in specific locations in Ethiopia. The major problems, he said, have been the limited capacity of the port of Djibouti to handle imported relief, distribution in the Somali region and transport constraints in many parts of the country, government monitoring of needy populations and government accountability.