Hunger in the news

20 April 2010

The European Union (EU) on Monday announced a 23 million Euro food assistance to Ethiopia under its Humanitarian Aid Office.(..)the money is to be channelled through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support food assistance for 2.3 million vulnerable people in the country.

25 March 2010

Ethiopia's government has tightened media control, stifled opposition and civil society in recent years, and ramped up restrictions ahead of May elections, a rights group said Wednesday. (..) Access to fertiliser, food assistance, health care and schools are conditional on membership of the ruling party, said the report entitled "One Hundred Ways of Putting Pressure: Violations of Freedom of Expression and Association in Ethiopia."


16 March 2010

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the government of France signed an agreement on March 15, 2010 for a contribution of more than one million euro to WFP’s targeted supplementary feeding (TSF) program in Ethiopia.

9 March 2010

There are some things that are just too sensitive and difficult to inquire about, and the idea that considerable sums that ordinary people around the world – but especially here in the UK – raised to aid and help their starving fellow humans in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s is one of them. (..) humanitarian operations in the midst of large-scale civil wars where territory is held by rival powers are almost always politicised and misused. (..) in my own country, Somalia, where al-Qaida-affiliated groups have dictated how the World Food Programme delivers emergency food.

26 January 2010

The following is the fifth in a series of reports from the Ethiopian village of Koraro, an important testing ground for the Millennium Village Project, an experiment in global development strategy spearheaded by economist Jeffrey Sachs. (..) Jeffrey Sachs and the MVP team are unwilling to let the initiative sputter, and they are in talks with the World Food Program (WFP) – a traditional benefactor of Koraro and the surrounding areas – to make up the difference.

26 January 2010

Severe “food insecurity” in Ethiopia has put an estimated 4.8 million people at risk (..). “The current situation is far from qualifying as a famine as some media outlets have stated but there is severe food insecurity in certain areas,” says Judith Schuler of the World Food Programme. “We expect a deterioration of the situation within the next six months.”

2 January 2010

The latest World Food Programme (WFP) weekly report revealed that the unseasonal rains are benefiting recovery of range lands, water sources and development of late planted crops such as chickpea, haricot beans, sweet potatoes in some parts of SNNP, Oromia, Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions.

30 December 2009

WFP’s first Asian corporate partner, LG Electronics, supports WFP’s work in Ethiopia via a number of communities called “LGE Hope Villages”. In these villages LGE funding is helping nearly 3,000 families (14,500 people) increase their food security and resilience to climatic change.(..)LGE executives met with WFP’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran at the sidelines of the COP 15 Climate Change Conference in December to affirm its continued support for the MERET programme in Ethiopia.

23 December 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that farmers engaged in natural resource conservation in northern Ethiopia have managed to improve their livelihoods. According to a WFP report on its website,, the farmers, who are taking part in the Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition (MERET) project, have been leading improved livelihoods.

18 December 2009

Development partners and prominent personalities have lauded activities Ethiopia has been carrying out for over two decades in the effort to mitigate climate change. At a side event organized at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference Presided over by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Wednesday, (..) Word Food Programme (WFP) Executive Secretary Josette Sheeran (..) acclaimed the community-based environment rehabilitation project which is also known as Meret (meaning land).