Hunger in the news

8 November 2010

Hurricane Tomas weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday after it lashed Haiti's crowded camps for earthquake survivors and coastal towns, triggering flooding and mudslides that killed at least seven people. (..) The World Food Program had stockpiled enough supplies to feed more than 1 million people for six weeks, said Mark Ward, director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

4 November 2010

Tomas may have been downgraded to a tropical depression but it may yet restrengthen to a hurricane by Friday — just in time to strike Haiti. (..) The World Food Program pre-positioned food supplies in 32 locations across the country to feed 1.1 million Haitians for six weeks. Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Iwo Jima is in transit to assist with transporting supplies and medical relief.

2 November 2010

The Haitian government, humanitarian agencies and the UN mission in Haiti are teaming up in response to approaching Hurricane Tomas, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Monday. (..) Currently food supplies sufficient to feed 1.1 million Haitians for six weeks are pre-positioned in the most vulnerable areas across the country by the World Food Program.

25 October 2010

In a bustling street of a downtown area, a police constable sells lemon juice outside a private hospital when he is off-duty and in his normal clothes. (..) A recent report jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Programme provides further evidence to the increasing levels of poverty in the country. (..) The study links several recent incidents of violence to the food crisis, including the 2009 bombing of a World Food Programme office in Islamabad.

25 October 2010

The spread of the cholera outbreak in Haiti is beginning to slow down, even as humanitarian agencies continue to step up treatment and preventive measures(...)The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has commenced the distribution of ready-to-eat meals as well as high energy biscuits to hospitals in affected areas, in en effort to ensure people do not eat food that could have been cooked with contaminated water.

14 October 2010

Nine months after a huge earthquake devastated Haiti, destroying 80% of schools in and around its capital, teachers and aid workers have hit on a healthy way to get children back to class: serve them a hot meal. (..) About 1,400 children from the slums attend the school, and providing them with one square meal a day is a relief for mothers who can not always provide for their children, said the principal as she oversaw delivery of a truckload of aid from the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). (..) "Together with the school meals program of the government, we are targeting more than one million children this year," said Anne Poulsen, a WFP spokeswoman.

14 October 2010

As winter approaches on Pakistan's flooded southern plains, thousands of malnourished children are living in dirty, spartan tents without prospect of a home, officials and UN workers say. (..) As the season cools and winter rains arrive, UN officials at the World Food Programme said that stockpiling food is an urgent issue."Rapid assessments of nutritional status and clinical observations strongly suggest that rates of acute malnutrition are rising," said WFP spokeswoman Jackie Dent.

1 October 2010

The combined power of social networks, mobile phones and mapping technology has created an unprecedented opportunity to enable citizens to seek help in a disaster, experts say. (..) Jen Ziemke and Patrick Meier founded the International Network of Crisis Mappers, which links many organisations developing crowdsourcing for humanitarian work (..). What sort of partnerships would you like to see in the future? Meier: (..) Another example that actually happened in Haiti was when World Food Programme and other search-and-rescue teams teams sent students at Fletcher university hundreds of locations that they needed GPS coordinates for.

22 September 2010

Food production in Haiti is still significantly below levels that existed prior to the January 2010 earthquake, but is slowly recovering, according to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The spring harvest in the region saw bean production fall 17 percent, the UN FAO found in a joint assessment with the UN World Food Program. Maize production fell 8 percent, while plantains were down 5 percent, the report said.

1 September 2010

The other day, I received a reminder from Burwinkel Farms about the "yummy fruits and vegetables" still available for the summer season. Burwinkel operates a stand around the corner from my home and they specialize in sweet corn!! (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) says: "Many smallholder farmers lose a significant percentage of their produce due to poor storage facilities and poor storage techniques. Crops rot or are stolen." WFP helps farmers to improve storage facilities through the Purchase for Progress initiative.