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18 February 2010

The three UN food agencies — FAO, the World Food Program and International Fund for Agriculture Development — set up a joint task force on Haiti’s food security, focusing on immediate needs but also on long-term rural development.


18 February 2010

A few days before we left Haiti a photographer we knew managed to hitch a ride on an aid flight returning from Port-au-Prince to Miami. (..) “Things can change very quickly out there,” a UN official warned before a World Food Programme handout. “If it starts to get heated get the hell out of here.” The mission was to distribute rice but it felt as though we were going to war.


18 February 2010

A month after the catastrophic earthquake that flattened much of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and according to the government killed perhaps 230,000 people, there has been some fragile progress. Hospitals are working, though not before thousands of survivors died of their injuries. The World Food Programme says that it has handed out a two-week supply of rice to 2.5m people in the capital and nearby areas.


17 February 2010

Emergency food supplies are running out for more than 100,000 refugees from a conflict in northern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to local World Food Programme workers. (..) "The food depots are empty...(We have) almost 60 tonnes for a monthly need of 1,800-1,900 tonnes per month," said Emmanuel Twagirumukiza, World Food Programme officer in the town of Impfondo, one of two main refugee centres.


17 February 2010

Marie-Lina Edouard woke up chilled from a night slept on the ground. (..)She returns to the home a few blocks from the tent camp to wash and cook. Half of a bag of rice sits inside on the concrete floor, a giveaway from the World Food Program. It is the last bit of food for this extended family of 13.


16 February 2010

The earthquake that devastated Haiti presented huge challenges for the aid effort.(..)Nicole Menage, director of the procurement division at World Food Programme, says the scale of destruction in Haiti, coupled with its abject poverty, made the operation particularly difficult.


15 February 2010

Last year I interviewed Allan Jury of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) about the Roadmap to End Global Hunger. He talked about how important school feeding was for children in Haiti. At that time Haiti was recovering from a hurricane, tropical storms, and high food prices.


15 February 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) here Friday declared that it had completed food distribution to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Swat and Buner districts and Malakand Agency. According to a communication issued by the WFP, the distribution was started in July-August after the government announced a return strategy for the IDPs, and it was to continue for six months.


15 February 2010

Haiti's agriculture minister urged international support Friday for a $700 million (euro515 million) plan to bolster food production and create jobs to help the hundreds of thousands of poor Haitians who have fled the earthquake-stricken capital. (..) The United Nations sponsored the half-day meeting of donors and aid groups at the Rome headquarters of the U.N. World Food Program. The world body estimates that a half million people _ in a country of 9 million _ have left the capital in the weeks since the December quake.


15 February 2010

One month after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, the enormity of the country's damage is clear. (..) 1.9 million: Number of people the World Food Programme has delivered food to 1,885,118: Number of people the World Food Programme and "partners" has delivered food assistance to.