Hunger in the news

12 January 2012

Roughly 42 percent of all Indian children under age 5 suffer from malnutrition, a sobering reminder of the persistence of poverty and hunger in the world’s largest democracy, according to a major report released on Tuesday. (..) The extensive food subsidy program that India already operates allocates grain and kerosene to the poor. Yet the distribution system is rife with corruption and inefficiency, and some analysts estimate that 40 percent of the subsidized food never reaches the intended recipients.

10 January 2012

Rice exports from India, the world’s second-largest producer, may more than double this year on a record crop and as importers seek alternative to expensive supplies from Thailand, a shippers’ group said. (..) Cheaper rice, staple for half the world’s population, may further cool global food costs (FAOFOODI), which dropped for a fifth month in November, according to the United Nations.

3 November 2011

(..) Tribal dominated Baran figures prominently as a “hot spot” in the list of 22 Rajasthan districts (comprising 65% of the state) that have been designated as being “food insecure” in a 2010 report jointly prepared by the United Nations World Food Programme and the Institute of Human Development.

24 October 2011

With Thai and Vietnamese prices rising, India has already become a significant global supplier, offering rice in a recent Iraqi tender and to the United Nations' World Food Program. Officials have said India will export at least two million tons of ordinary rice over a period of four to six months—but inland transportation and port constraints may limit the country's overall monthly exports including premium Basmati grades to 500,000 tons a monht, the consultant Mr. Zwinger said.

22 September 2011

Almost one billion people around the globe go to bed hungry every night, but it is "excess nutrition" that kills more, according to world's largest humanitarian organisation IFRC. (..) "Food alone will not be the answer.... Government needs to plan for providing livelihood to poor families and produce more food in sustainable manner," Mihoko Tamamura, World Food Programme director (India), said.

14 September 2011

India will provide humanitarian assistance of USD 8 million to the African countries afflicted by severe famine and drought like Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti. (..) The assistance, which will be provided through the World Food Programme, is in continuation of New Delhi's commitment to the progress and development of Africa.

2 September 2011

(..) Although India has benefited from rapid and substantial economic growth over the past decade, the country remains blighted by poverty and stark income inequalities. According to a 2011 World Food Programme report on India, approximately 25% of the world's hungry poor live in the country and around 43% of children under five years old suffer from malnutrition.

8 July 2011

India has failed utterly in fields of sanitation, employment, maternal mortality, child nutrition, gender equality and carbon dioxide emissions, according to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report 2011. (..) Gavin Wall, Chairman, UN Development Assistance Framework Taskforce; Mihiko Tamamura, Representative, World Food Programme (..).

8 June 2011

Six ponds with abundant fish, six wells, three canals, enough vegetables and paddy to feed all. Bera, a remote village in Naxalite-hit Bundu block, about 50km from Ranchi district, got enough food for thought to come out of the rebel shadow and taste self-sufficiency, thanks to the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations.

2 January 2011

According to the World Food Programme, 20 million more people joined the ranks of India's hungry in the past decade, and half of all the country's children are underweight. Some analyses say that fast-developing India is performing worse than some of the poorest countries, such as Liberia and Haiti, in addressing the basic issue of hunger. With so many farmers giving up, the question is how India will feed the entire country, not just its poor.