Hunger in the news

15 December 2009

The World Food Programme recently received a donation of 14.5 million USD from the European Commission through the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) to support the efforts of the government of Ethiopia and WFP to provide emergency food assistance in the country.

12 December 2009

Before departing today from a five-day trip to Ethiopia, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin announced an additional contribution of $ 70 million to the World Food Program (WFP) to assist the emergency caseload for relief beneficiaries in this country. The contribution is provided from the American people through the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). WFP will facilitate management of the food contribution.

9 December 2009

As the sun sets and the prayer calls ring out, I wrap up the day in Jijiga, Ethiopia, just 65 kilometers from the border with Somalia.(..)In terms of clear measurable impact, the most impressive program I learned about in detail today was the World Food Program’s (WFP) Hubs and Spokes delivery system. It is a shining example of successful partnerships that the UN nurtures with the local community.

6 December 2009

Arriving in Ethiopia is like meeting an old friend. Two and a half years ago, I took the country into my heart. Now I’m back in the rocky highlands of Tigray up in the North. I want to see what became of the projects I’ve been collecting funds for since my first visit.

2 December 2009

Bob Geldof sat uncomfortably in a vast field of igneous rocks scattered apparently at random among the sere grass.(..)The World Food Programme says 14 million will need feeding – and warns that the rich world is once again dragging its feet. Its stocks are so low it has cut rations from 15 kilos of cereal per person per month to just 10.

23 November 2009

In recent months, the Ethiopian government began marketing abroad one of the hottest commodities in an increasingly crowded and hungry world: farmland. (..) This impoverished and chronically food-insecure Horn of Africa nation is rapidly becoming one of the world's leading destinations for the booming business of land leasing (..).

23 November 2009

(..) The United Nations warned in June that as many as 6.2 million people in Ethiopia will need some kind of food aid in the next few months. But the true figure of those with insecure food supplies could be as high as 13.7 million. Twelve million Ethiopians received food from donor countries last year – Britain is the second biggest donor – most of it through the United Nation's World Food Programme. Aid agencies fear for this year's harvest because of poor rain and critical water shortages.

18 November 2009

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Ethiopia will further strengthen development activities it has been undertaking in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

6 November 2009

The American people, through the USAID, have provided US$340 million in emergency and humanitarian food aid - more than 464,000 metric tons – and more than $60 million in emergency nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, and similar non-food assistance over the last year to support vulnerable families and communities in Ethiopia.(..)USAID is providing an initial contribution of US$50 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and US$25 million to a consortium of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to respond to these relief needs.

2 November 2009

It is hard to talk about Ethiopia these days in non-apocalyptic terms. Millions of Ethiopians are facing their old enemy again for the third time in nearly forty years.(..)The United Nations World Food Programme says a much larger emergency fund of $285 million in international food aid is needed to avert mass starvation just in the next six months.