Hunger in the news

23 October 2009

There are cries of hunger from desperately underweight babies in many parts of Ethiopia and Sonali Wickrema, a World Food Program director in Ethiopia, says her organisation is struggling to provide relief. "There are about one million mothers and malnourished children currently in Ethiopia who require special assistance," she said.

22 October 2009

The Ethiopian government is expected to confirm later that it needs emergency food aid for 6.2 million people.
This is because of the effects of prolonged drought and erratic rains on crops and grazing for livestock.
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is already facing a shortfall of more than $85m (£50m) worth of food for Ethiopia to the end of this year.

21 October 2009

A vital air service providing humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Ethiopia -- particularly the Somali Region -- may be grounded in a matter of weeks, due to a shortage of funds 9..). "As well as providing transport for aid workers, the humanitarian air service is also crucial for medical and security evacuations," said Mohamed Diab, WFP Ethiopia country director. "A disruption of these operations will have very serious consequences for the people in need of humanitarian assistance, as well as for the safety and security of our staff."

3 September 2009

Deputy Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), Sheila Sisulu, said MERET initiative is registering remarkable results in rehabilitating degraded land and transforming the livelihood of people in Ethiopia.

1 September 2009

Due to gross shortages in food aid, the existing food ration quota of 15 kilogrammes of cereals per month per beneficiary family, which has been in place for about a year, will be reduced to 10 kilogrammes (..). Although the World Food Program (WFP) is expecting the arrival of 251,878 metric tonnes of food, between August and December 2009, 143,000 metric tonnes of this aid will be used for loan repayments to the Ethiopian Food Security Reserve Administration (EFSRA).

30 August 2009

International aid agencies fear that the levels of death and starvation last seen 24 years ago, are set to return to the Horn of Africa. (..) Donor countries provided sustenance to 12 million Ethiopians last year, more than half of it through the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).

14 August 2009

Ethiopia continues to face high levels of food insecurity, with an estimated 6.2 million people requiring emergency food assistance from July 2009 until the end of the year, the World Food Programme has warned.
The agency has said the number of people requiring emergency assistance was also an increase of 1.3 million people over the January figures. “Based on current estimates, the total food requirement from June to December is 462,500 mt. Both estimates are expected to be revised based on the findings of the assessment, which are expected in August,” the agency said.

11 August 2009

The green landscape around Abebech Angelo's home in Agaza Duge village near Boditi town, 370km south of Addis Ababa, belies the food shortages that southern Ethiopia is facing. (..) Reports by the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS Net) and the World Food Programme (WFP) say the rains in the country's cropping areas were below normal this year.

8 August 2009

Spain will give Ethiopia $7 million in grants to fund child nutrition and food security projects for three years across the huge Horn of Africa country, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said on Saturday. ENA said the U.N. children's agency UNICEF and U.N. World Food Programme would run the projects in 16 districts in coordination with Ethiopia's Health Ministry.

28 July 2009

The U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) recently allocated $6 million to address several health challenges facing Ethiopia, IRIN reports. (..) In related news, the World Food Programme (WFP) recently said it will require a total of 744,000 metric tons of food to meet its commitments in Ethiopia this year, reports. Mohammed Diab, the WFP country director, said, "all of our programmes in this country [Ethiopia] are under stress right now, with the total shortfall currently standing at more than 199,000 metric tons of food, worth $171 million".