Hunger in the news

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.

18 December 2010

Winners of an inter-school painting competition, which aimed at promoting awareness of hunger and malnutrition issues among the youth, were awarded by the UN in the capital Saturday. Hosted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), hundreds of students from 18 schools in the National Capital Region -- comprising Delhi and its suburban towns in adjoining Uttar Pradesh and Haryana -- participated in the event.

7 December 2010

There are times when chili mixed with a little water is not enough to quell the hunger. (..) Malnutrition in India is on the rise, despite nutrition rehabilitation centres and ration shops. "Indicators of urban food insecurity ... reveal an alarming picture," says the Report on the State of Food Insecurity in Urban India, published by the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and the World Food Programme.

28 October 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) has initiated a public-private partnership (PPP)-based food security programme and has launched it in Madhya Pradesh to compete malnutrition and improve capacity of local community. The state is placed among highly malnutrition rates and high child mortality rate in the world. The fund, the first such initiative by the UN arm, will come from Cargill India and the Japanese government.