Hunger in the news

18 June 2009

The food shortage in the country is set to continue after the Government painted a grim picture on the rainfall situation in the country. (..) This comes just a week after the World Food Programme raised alarm that it had a shortage of over Sh13 billion to feed the hungry in the country.

11 June 2009

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and a group of CEOs announced today at a press conference during the 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa that Kenyan leaders will take over an innovative business alliance aimed at reducing hunger in Africa.
The Alliance, coordinated by a Kenya-based secretariat, comprises over 30 companies and organizations working to develop business-led solutions to hunger. Alliance members have developed innovative business models through 14 on-the-ground creating 150 small-scale businesses,-initiatives in a Kenyan pilot district increasing the income and production of 2,300 farmers and reaching thousands of consumers with improved products and services.

27 May 2009

Nearly 2.2 million school children are in dire need of food, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. Speaking to The Standard after a meeting at the UN offices in Nairobi, WFP Country Director Burkard Oberie said yesterday most of the pupils were from the slums, arid and semi-arid areas. Mr Oberie said the situation had been made worse by high food prices and drought. He estimates that Sh748 million is needed to alleviate the situation for seven months. "The situation has plunged many Kenyans into deeper poverty. As many families struggle to find enough food, school-going children risk dropping out to assist their parents," he said. Hunger walk At the meeting, WFP signed an agreement with mobile phone company Zain and Royal Media Services for a campaign, End Hunger Walk World, to raise funds for the school feeding programme. Oberie said WFP was committed to the feeding programme that targets vulnerable families. "Families struggling with the price crunch are making tough choices. This is why our programmes should focus on families as well," he said. Zain Managing Director Rene Meza said wellwishers can donate through their electronic money transfer number 0736202020 (Zap) and SMS number 2001. "We believe in empowering the young to attain their goals," he said. Unilever-Kenya Managing Director David Mureithi said: "We need an educated population, and giving children a meal at school will encourage them to learn."

27 May 2009

Millions of people who live in Kenya's sprawling slums are among those worst hit by the food price crisis, yet they receive far less humanitarian attention than other demographic groups, according to officials, who pointed in particular to the plight of malnourished children in such settlements. (..) According to Gabrielle Menezes, WFP information officer, high food prices have affected the urban population considerably, "as these are people who depend on markets to buy food, and do not really grow their own".

19 May 2009

World Food Programme (WFP) Special envoy for Horn of Africa Mr. Ramiros Lopes da Silva has said that the organization considers Mombasa ideal for the creation of strategic stock reserves for the entire region.

19 May 2009

The UN World Food Program said on Tuesday it has for the first time bought food from small-scale farmers in Kenya under a ground-breaking Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative aimed at boosting agriculture in the country by connecting farmers to markets. The first P4P purchase by WFP is 45 metric tons of rice from farmers in Ahero in the Kisumu district in western Kenya. The purchase was made possible by the Government of Brazil's generous contribution of 50,000 U.S. dollars. (..) "P4P is a win-win situation." said WFP Country Director Burkard Oberle. "We help support local famers. The rice grown in Ahero will be used in WFP's operation to assist Kenyans hit by drought. WFP would like to thank the Brazilian Government for its generous donation."

18 May 2009

More than 270,000 refugees who have fled war in Somalia are facing shortages of food, water and adequate shelter in northern Kenya that many are considering returning to the Somali war zone, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Monday. (..) The recent MSF survey in Dagahaley Camp revealed a 22.3 percent prevalence of acute malnutrition among the population, well above what is considered the emergency threshold. The low level of food stocks in a World Food Program warehouse in Dadaab has led, until recently, to a 30 percent reduction of rations in the camps.

6 April 2009

[...] Jamelia, 28, singer and United Nations activist, lives with her husband, footballer Darren Byfield, and daughters Teja, eight, and Tiani, three, in Birmingham: "This morning wasn’t usual at all – I’m in Nairobi, Kenya, working on a campaign with the United Nations World Food Programme. I arrived early at a school in the Kibera slums, where we are launching the Really Good School Dinner Campaign. It’s a programme for which British children donate 10p from their lunch money to give children here a proper meal at school. I was overwhelmed by how happy the children were in spite of their situation."

2 April 2009

As HIV/Aids scourge takes a huge toll on long distance truck drivers, Mombasa port stakeholders have united to educate hundreds of its crew along the Northern Corridor. World Food Programme (WFP) has joined in the fight against HIV among truck crew plying between Mombasa port and Uganda. WFP Kenya Country Director Burkard Oberle said the United Nations had established that long distance drivers and loaders were among the most vulnerable groups. Mr Oberle spoke during the opening of the Wellness Centre at Gate 18 in Mombasa port, recently. The clinic is dedicated to the fight against HIV among the drivers and other port workers.