Hunger in the news

9 March 2010

United Nations and partners seek $34 million to assist drought-stricken Guatemalans. In Guatemala, WFP supports 350,000 people in school and preschool feeding, and mother/child care. The United Nations, together with the Guatemalan Government and aid partners, launched on March 5th, a $34 million appeal to counter food shortages affecting 2.7 million people living in the Central American country's so-called ‘dry corridor,' which even before last year's drought had one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world.

12 January 2010

Amid frequent headlines about conflict-ridden Somalia, Afghanistan and Sudan, it is easy to overlook less well publicised emergencies in other parts the world. Yet some of these forgotten crises are likely to intensify in 2010, aggravating human suffering.(..)"The continuing fall in remittances means many families are not receiving the $100 to $200 dollars they used to receive every month, which is an important factor affecting the amount of food the poorest families have," said Alejandro Lopez, a spokesman for the WFP.

27 November 2009

Nine-year-old Lide Ramirez and her little brother sat on an 18-pound bag of rice on a recent sunny morning, thinking that for the first time in months they would eat dinner. (..) Neither the World Food Program nor the Guatemalan government was prepared for the extent of the crisis. They both ran out of food to distribute. Guatemala's president declared a ``state of calamity'' in September and asked for foreign aid.

15 October 2009

The rainy season has watered crops in Guatemala, but relief workers and food experts say the rainfall has done little to help the country recover from a major drought that's aggravated malnutrition rates and already claimed dozens of lives this year. ``It's not a hurricane, but it is an emergency -- a slow-moving emergency,'' said Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri, a spokesman for the World Food Program.

23 September 2009

International aid requested by the Guatemalan government to alleviate the hunger affecting more than 54,000 poor families in the eastern and northeastern part of the country has begun to arrive from different nations, officials reported Tuesday. (..) Last week, the European Union earmarked 15 million euros ($22 million) to finance the Guatemalan programs of the World Food Program and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

19 September 2009

United Nations agencies say Guatemala is facing the worst drought in 30 years. (..) WFP spokeswoman, Emilia Casella, says this situation is having a bad affect on the nutritional status of the rural poor in Guatemala, particularly women and children.

17 September 2009

Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela have offered to send aid to Guatemala, which is facing food shortages. (..) The World Food Program plans to distribute more than 18 tonnes of nutritional cookies in the worst-hit areas.

15 September 2009

A sharp drop in remittance payments is partly to blame for the rising numbers of people without enough food in Guatemala, as the Central American country struggles to stave off mass hunger, says the United Nations children's fund, UNICEF. (..) "Women and children have been caught in the vortex of this hunger crisis and are in a desperate struggle for survival," U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) executive director Josette Sheeran said in a recent statement.

14 September 2009

Guatemala has been hit by severe food shortages, with some 54,000 families living in the east of the country facing a critical situation. (..) Lida Escobar is a field monitor for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) in Guatemala. (..) "In the eastern city of Jalapa I was astonished by what I saw. There were many many children with severe malnutrition problems.

13 September 2009

Thousands of families in Guatemala are desperately short of food after a combination of dry weather and poor soil has resulted in the failure of corn and bean crops in the east of the country, a United Nations official says. (..) High food prices are exacerbating the situation, the UN World Food Programme said.