Hunger in the news

24 August 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians affected by January's devastating earthquake are expected to obtain work and food through programs funded by $47.5 million in foreign grants. (..) The USAID has awarded a second, $35 million grant to the World Food Program, which runs a cash-for-work program. The program already employs nearly 50,000 but with the grant is expected to grow to 140,000 participants by the end of this year, Weisenfeld said.

20 August 2010

United Nations projects in health, education, job creation, rubble removal, reproductive health and improving access to food have been approved for Haiti as the poor Caribbean country continues its effort to rebuild after January’s catastrophic earthquake. (..) The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reported that it has received approval for a $65 million project to rehabilitate infrastructure, building on earlier cash-for-work projects that have given more than 120,000 jobs since the quake. The new project, which will be carried out in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP),(..) is expected to provide temporary jobs for 300,000 people over the next 12 months.

20 July 2010

Six months on, and the statistics from the Haitian earthquake remain staggering. (..) "Since the beginning of April we've made that transition from general food distribution to a more targeted and long-term approach," says Stephanie Tremblay with the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) in Port-au-Prince, "because at some point you have to move on, you have to restart the economy." The WFP, one of the world's largest humanitarian food aid organizations, has worked with the Haitian government and other non-governmental groups to create temporary job initiatives across the country.

19 July 2010

A group of women file one by one through an unpaved road, balancing baskets filled with grasslike plants atop their heads. (..) The U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) says it is 80% of the way to completing the pre-positioning of 2 million food rations across the country. (..) "We are ready to start distributions within hours of a hurricane," says Benoit Thiry, deputy country director of the WFP. "WFP has never been more ready."

12 July 2010

Gabriela Alvarado is an IT officer in the Telecommunications Division of the United Nations World Food Programme. She has worked in a number of disaster zones and areas of conflict, installing vital technical equipment for people in the midst of an emergency. She joins Digital Planet to discuss the trials and tribulations of hanging off one hundred metre high masts to position antennas.

12 July 2010

Six months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the impoverished Caribbean nation is struggling to recover. (..) The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out general distributions of food. (..)"Prepositioning is important because the key problem when Haiti is hit by torrential rains is that many key roads are blocked by floods or landslides," WFP said. WFP has started a barge service connecting all major Haitian ports and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. "If roads become impassable supplies can still be moved around the country," it said.

12 July 2010

At least 1.5 million people in Haiti remain stuck in temporary camps, the United Nations said Monday, six months after a devastating earthquake hit the impoverished nation. (..) We have moved to supporting the rebuilding of the country,' said World Food Programme spokeswoman Emilia Casella. 'This is the time now, when we will be able to build a better Haiti for all the people there,' Casella told reporters in Geneva .

12 July 2010

Haiti's reconstruction efforts are moving painfully slowly and enormous problems remain six months after the country was devastated by one of the worst earthquakes in modern times. (..) Aid agencies say they're struggling to feed the huge number of people who have been left with nothing. "We are now feeding 1.2 million people and we would like to reach two million people through those different programs and the other major challenge is to try to reinforce the governmental structure," said Benoit Thiry, deputy director of the World Food Program in Haiti.

11 July 2010

Aid workers are still scrambling to provide shelter to millions of Haitians made homeless by the earthquake that leveled the capital city Port-au-Prince and other towns six months ago today as hurricane trackers predict an active storm season. (..) The World Food Programme says it is pre-positioning emergency food rations in 31 spots around the country, most in the quake zone.

11 July 2010

Six months after Haiti's devastating earthquake, AlertNet rounds up some of the videos produced by aid agencies, showing the work they are doing to help people rebuild their lives. (..) In this video from the U.N. World Food Programme, Bernardo, Modeline and Antonia talk about the food and work schemes that are helping their communities get back on their feet.