Hunger in the news

13 May 2010

As Haiti continues to recover from January’s catastrophic earthquake, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an increase in cash- and food-for-work programmes for the country. “Step by step, the people of Haiti are rebuilding their country,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, in the capital, Port-au-Prince. “This is a tribute to a nation that has shown extraordinary resilience in the face of epic levels of devastation.”

30 April 2010

WorldStove founder Nathaniel Mulcahy has just completed two months of work in Haiti, setting up a pilot project that will provide biochar-producing stoves and jobs for the Haitian people. The project was featured in an Earth Day press release from the UN Special Envoy to Haiti (former President Clinton) as an example of "building back better" by incorporating environmental sustainability in the recovery effort.(..)In the next phase of the Haiti project, WorldStove will work with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Haitian Government to build stove-manufacturing hubs and create thousands of jobs making pellets and distributing biochar in the rural areas.

29 April 2010

About three hours north of Port-au-Prince, the Artibonite Valley is the center of Haiti's rice production. This season, farmer Charles Surfoad is storing his rice rather than selling it.(..)Etienne Labonde, head of WFP's program in Haiti, says, as of March, food aid did not cause major disruptions in Haiti's economy. "Maybe it's an impression, but it's not the facts at the moment," he says.

29 April 2010

The International humanitarian community which sends aid to Haiti through Dominican Republic’s corridor will have to pay the storage and transport costs in ports and airports starting in May.(..)In a statement WFP Dominican Republic coordinator Peter Casier said Haiti’s ports and airports have been restored, which facilitates the direct arrival of aid to that country.

28 April 2010

A team of media-development experts that has been working with radio stations in earthquake-damaged Haiti to provide critical information to people in need is, in the process, fundamentally improving the delivery of humanitarian aid, according to officials from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.(..)When the U.N. WFP set up a voucher system to distribute rice and other staples, Internews explained what the vouchers were, how and where to get them, who was eligible, and so on. Once vouchers began circulating, Internews reported on what was working and what wasn’t.

26 April 2010

You name it, Camp Corail has got it. And Camp Obama does not. The organized relocation camp at Corail-Cesselesse has thousands of spacious, hurricane-resistant tents on groomed, graded mountain soil. The settlement three miles (four kilometers) down the road — named after the U.S. president in hopes of getting attention from foreigners — has leaky plastic tarps and wooden sticks pitched on a muddy slope. Corail has a stocked U.N. WFP warehouse for its 3,000-and-counting residents; the more than 8,500 at Camp Obama are desperate for food and water.

22 April 2010

In the weeks after the earthquake struck in Haiti, the UN WFP rushed in emergency rations such as high energy biscuits and ready-to-eat meals. Over time, the food aid has shifted toward programs that not only fight hunger, but help to rebuild the country. These are Cash and Food for Work projects for Haitians. The WFood Programme uses a 60 percent cash and 40 percent food incentive for Haitian workers to do reconstruction projects. The food ration is enough for a family of five.

22 April 2010

The meal doesn't look like much, rice, a few vegetables and a little bit of meat, but for the Haitian school children who receive it for free, it is reason enough to come to class.(..)"It's difficult to convince parents to send their children to school. They are scared that there will be another earthquake and the school will be destroyed," said Alejandro Chicheri, a spokesman for the World Food Programme.

21 April 2010

Tucked into the hills that rise above central Port-au-Prince lies Bourdon Valley, an enclave of beautiful, verdant forest flanked by the eastern suburbs of Delmas and Canape Vert. With its thick mango groves and gently winding river, it's easy to see why one would make this home. But the small, basic concrete houses that once lined the Valley walls now lie in ruin, replaced by the blue and white tarp shelters that now blanket so much of Port-au-Prince's landscape.(..)The World Food Programme will provide early food distributions and International Medical Corps will operate a medical facility.

20 April 2010

This blog chronicles the travels of photographer/ writer, Bradley Rae, whose objective is to raise awareness of humanitarian crises around the globe. He has worked with Doctors Without Borders in Papua New Guinea (during a cholera epidemic), and has just recently returned from Haiti. Next on the agenda is Ethiopia, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.(..)Anti UN graffiti is written on walls, as well are pleas for help to the outside world. And behind closed doors, tireless meetings continue in the UN and its subdivisions (ie World Food Program and World Health Organization) with NGOs and media packing the rooms in attendance.