Hunger in the news

30 November 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme which recently organised an essay competition to mark World Food Day awarded the winners at a function here on Sunday.

28 October 2009

People living with HIV/AIDS in Tamil Nadu have reported an improved health status from a World Food Programme pilot project which provides them nutritional support (..) "People living with HIV/AIDS need good nutrition to be able to absorb the anti-retrovirals," said WFP India Representative Mihoko Tamamura.

27 October 2009

Each drop of water from the taps in Mugunaguda, a tiny village in the foothills of Maliparvat mountain range in Semiliguda block, gives a ray of hope for a new life.(..)Koraput Farmers’ Association (KFA) had come up with a plan a few months ago to bring water from the nearby mountain stream under ‘spring-based piped water supply scheme’ under World Food Programme(WFP)

29 September 2009

Announcing a partnership between the UN World Food Programme and the Millenia Villages Project, WFP chief Josette Sheeran said, "Hunger is on the march and is right now the most threatening Millennium Development Goal". "Today one out of every six human beings wakes up hungry and is not sure how to find food for himself. When over one billion people go to bed hungry and wake up hungry, it requires an urgent action," she added.

10 September 2009

Rice importers in countries from the Philippines to Iran and South Africa are watching the market for fear that a poor monsoon in India, the world’s second largest producer, could push prices higher.
“The monsoon was seriously delayed and rice is the most seriously affected crop,” said Robert Zeigler, director of the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, the Philippines.

31 July 2009

India is emerging as the world centre of hunger and malnutrition, a report by Indian campaign group, the Navdanya Trust, says.
The trust says that there are more than 200 million people - or one-in-four Indians - going without enough to eat.

22 June 2009

A pilot project on Food for Human Development (FFHD), sponsored by the U.N. World Food Programme, has benefited hundreds of villagers in the tribal-dominated Banswara, Dungarpur and Pratapgarh districts in southern Rajasthan by way of distribution of 958 metric tonnes of food grain through service delivery centres.

9 June 2009

For more than half a million farmers in rural India the age old fear of crops failing due to bad weather could soon be banished, thanks to an innovative insurance scheme that UN negotiators gathering in Bonn this week are considering as a central component of climate change adaptation measures in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

8 June 2009

To raise awareness and funds to feed schoolchildren worldwide, hundreds of people took part in “End Hunger: Walk The World” event here on Sunday. “About 50 million children go to school hungry everyday,” said Mihoko Tamamura, Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who flagged off the walk on Richmond Road. Ms. Tamamura said that 850 million people were going hungry in early 2000 while the number rose to one billion in 2008. “There are two different issues that we need to deal with primarily — increasing food prices and the current financial crisis,” she said.

7 May 2009

The mid-day meal scheme has helped ward off hunger and keep children in school. But as rising malnourishment shows, a lot more needs to be done (...). According to a report, State of Food Insecurity in Rural India, jointly released by MS Swaminathan Foundation and the UN World Food Programme, India, one of the largest exporters of wheat, hosts 57 million — or more than a third of the world’s 146 million undernourished children.