Hunger in the news

16 June 2010

The World Food Program says it will have to shut down the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service in the west African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia because it has run out of cash. The World Food Program says shutting down the Humanitarian Air Service on Wednesday will have terrible consequences for about one-quarter of a million people in west Africa who rely on the service for essential needs.

31 May 2010

The U.S. military has a storied tradition not only in heroism on the battlefield, but also in the tasks of peace and reconstruction. School feeding is one of the greatest examples of this work. (..) In 2009 I interviewed Louis Imbleau, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) country director in Liberia. WFP was reaching over 500,000 children but lack of funding and logistics were making it harder to expand the program.

25 May 2010

The inhabitants of Nyewolihun village in northern Liberia almost escaped the civil war unscathed, but as the conflict entered its final phase, their village was attacked. (..) The only aid Nyewolihun residents receive is the bulgur wheat, beans and oil that the World Food Programme provides students through school lunches. But the take-home rice rations girls used to receive to encourage them to attend school have been discontinued.

19 May 2010

International organisations and the government must look at the problem of malnutrition in Liberia as an educational challenge rather than just a health issue in order to save children's lives.

19 May 2010

Liberia plans to modernise its agriculture sector with the aim of feeding its own people and becoming a major food exporter in West Africa, the country's deputy minister for agriculture said. After 14 years of civil war, which ended in 2003, the Liberian government is determined to make up for years of under-investment.

19 May 2010

It is recess at the John Wesley Pearson School in Ganta, a small town on Liberia's border with Guinea, and 22-year-old Prince Bensar rides his motorbike in the courtyard after checking his latest exam results. (..) The Liberia Ministry of Education and the World Food Programme (WFP) are implementing a school feeding programme in 2000 schools across the country to boost attendance. In districts where the gender gap at schools favours boys by 15 percent or more, the WFP provides monthly take-home rations including tins of oil and cereals.

18 May 2010

In a village surrounded by forest to the east of Liberia's capital, women sing as they dig rehabilitated swampland to make way for rice, the country's staple food. The women of Samay are part of a growing number of farming groups that are being advised by experts to turn to lowland farming to enhance crop productivity, enabling them to produce enough to be able to sell their surplus.(..)"Where we want to see them down the line in 3 to 4 years is to be able to displace the imported rice in the Monrovia market and flood it with local food to be able to feed their people," said Lansana Wonneh, an expert with the WFP in Liberia.

9 March 2010

In a bid to encourage local rice production in Liberia and ensure food security, the World Food Program (WFP) purchased 1,000 metric tons (about 20,000 bags) of seed rice from Dokokan Farmers Cooperative in Gbedin, Nimba County, on Friday, March 5. The cost of the rice is estimated at over US$300,000 which, the WFP says, was made available by the United States Government and the foundation of American billionaire and humanitarian, Howard Buffett.

22 January 2010

The United States government has provided US$3.5 million in support of the school feeding program in rural Liberia. The program is implemented by Liberia's Education Ministry in partnership with the UN WFP.(..)“This donation comes at a time when we are even looking to borrow food to feed all targeted children each month,” says WFP Country Representative Louis Imbleau.

3 December 2009

With 45 percent of Liberians chronically or acutely malnourished, experts say nutrition is a burning health problem (..) The European Commission will commit US$2.1 million to nutrition in 2010, UNICEF is stepping up its prevention efforts, and the UN World Food Programme will continue providing supplementary food to acutely and chronically malnourished Liberians in several counties.