Hunger in the news

20 March 2011

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace has approved a food aid contribution of US$12 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia in humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the growing violence in Cote d'Ivoire.

25 January 2011

Villages along Liberia's border with Ivory Coast are overwhelmed with refugees but the country will not allow its own stability to be threatened, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said. (..) Johnson Sirleaf thanked the countries and agencies helping Liberia to cope, naming the United States, Libya, the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

19 January 2011

The Libyan Government has made good on its promise to provide humanitarian supplies to refugees fleeing the political crisis in neighboring Côte d’Ivoire. (..) Cllr. Barnes said her agency is working with organizations such as the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, and the Norwegian Refugee Council to oversee the effective distribution of the relief items.

14 January 2011

The United Nations World Food Program says it is scaling up its emergency operations to provide food to more than 22,000 Ivorians in Liberia who have fled the political crisis in Ivory Coast. “Yesterday we got into the new phase of distributions, what we call the general food distributions, where we could reach the target number of 22,500 people,” explained Malek Triki, a spokesman for the group.

14 January 2011

Ivoirians are still crossing from western Côte d'Ivoire into Liberia at a rate of 400 to 600 a day, according to an "initial refugee assessment" issued by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Using data drawn from a four-day mission to Liberia border areas earlier this month, the WFP's study on the Ivoirian refugee influx and food security notes that "refugee consumption is inadequate" and highlights the need for refugees to receive either full food rations or partial rations complemented by supplementary feeding.

21 December 2010

Albertine Yahwah sits on a hard wooden bench, cradling her little baby in her arms. The 20 year-old walked from the Ivory Coast with her two children and her husband to reach this small town across the border in Northern Liberia. (..) The United Nations High Commission of Refugees and the World Food Programme say they have enough provisions and supplies for up to ten thousand refugees.

25 November 2010

The Ministry of Agriculture and its Purchase for Progress (P4P) partners have ended a two-day learning and sharing session in Gbarnga, Bong County. (..) The P4P is an innovative initiative aimed at making food security sustainable in Africa, and with the achievement in the implementation of the pilot project in Liberia, WFP update on the project places Liberia among 16 other African countries as having an approved implementation plan. The WFP-Liberia Coordinator and Livelihood advisor of the P4P Project, Lansana Wonneh, said the food, when purchased from local farmers, can be distributed to school kids free by WFP.

29 October 2010

The World Food Program (WFP), in collaboration with Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Social Welfare, as well as Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo Information Studies (LEGIS), is scheduled to conduct a nationwide Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey in the country.

5 October 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of US$650,000 from Germany to support its school meals programme in Liberia (...) WFP's activities contribute to bringing Liberia towards the point where recovery from conflict becomes irreversible," said WFP Deputy Country Director Jerry Bailey (...) "We are pleased to see that education is receiving a high priority," said German Ambassor Dr. Bodo Schaff (...) WFP's school meals intervention targets 400,000 primary school children in 12 of the 15 counties.

1 September 2010

When students return to the classroom at Bopolu Central High School this year, there will be something not seen at the school since it reopened after Liberia’s long civil war. (..) Mohammed Kamara, a teacher and special assistant to the county education officer, said female primary-school students are getting free books and uniforms, and that girls in his district are receiving food rations for their families once a week with support of the World Food Program (WFP).