Hunger in the news

12 July 2010

While some in Haiti have settled into a nightly routine, many more still cannot sleep. (..) Other charities are pitching in, too. UNICEF provides fresh drinking water for hundreds of thousands. The World Food Programme has put 35,000 back to work - paid $5 a day in both food and cash.

9 July 2010

Six months after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti, the BBC's Mark Doyle has returned to witness the daily struggle still facing survivors.

8 July 2010

Six months after being devastated by a massive earthquake, Haiti is on the road towards enhancing its food security, with assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in building a strong nutritional foundation for all of the impoverished Caribbean nation’s people. “In the hours immediately after the quake, WFP provided emergency food assistance that prevented this catastrophic event from evolving into a hunger crisis for the people of Haiti and the world,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.

7 July 2010

Severe drought has struck in Niger and the resulting food shortages have sent child malnutrition rates soaring. For any country, a child acute malnutrition rate over 15 percent is considered an emergency. In Niger, the rate is currently 16.7 for children under five. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is responding with additional aid. Josette Sheeran, the WFP director, announced, "We’re doubling the size of our operations and ramping up already significant interventions, to take even swifter action to protect these children."

30 June 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing aid to victims of the ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan. Fighting in the city of Osh had forced many people to barricade themselves into their neighborhoods. Many others fled to Uzbekistan. Abeer Etefa of WFP reports that the barricades are being lifted and people are returning to their homes. There are food shortages and WFP is distributing wheat flour, oil and high energy biscuits. As of last week over 240,000 people had been given rations. More rations are on the way from warehouses in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

18 June 2010

United Nations peacekeepers have this morning helped local police in Haiti capture 30 criminals who had escaped from prison in the wake of January"s catastrophic earthquake (..). Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up its work-for-food and work-for-cash projects in Haiti. Under the scheme, each labourer receives enough food rations for a family of five. In the next month the agency hopes to more than double the number of individual recipients to 70,000.

2 June 2010

The humanitarian crisis triggered by January’s earthquake in Haiti could worsen with the onset of this year’s hurricane season, which experts have warned could be severe, the United Nations said today (..). Other preparedness measures by humanitarian agencies currently under way include the pre-positioning of two million emergency food rations in 31 locations across Haiti by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

31 May 2010

Behind the once exclusive gates of this quake-ravaged nation's only golf course, thousands of sandbags cut a path up and down steep hills, while a new road now doubles as an emergency evacuation route. (..)But while new drainage ditches, cleaner canals and even better pre-positioning of relief supplies by the World Food Program around the country will help reduce the loss of lives, what's desperately needed is available suitable land to relocate camp dwellers, say frustrated aid groups.

31 May 2010

If there is a drier, dustier, more desolate place in the Caribbean I'd be amazed to see it. A few weeks ago, this vast space in Haiti now know as Corail Cesselesse was a vast scraggly grassland about 20km outside the capital, Port-au-Prince. (..) Children's NGO Plan International has provided a school at Corail, while Save the Children is working with the district health office to provide healthcare, and to treat malnutrition. World Vision is providing food, which is being distributed by the World Food Programme.

20 May 2010

Christina Aguilera has visited children living in refugee camps in Haiti. The star, who has been named Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations World Food Programme, spent time with families and children who were receiving food aid.