Hunger in the news

14 November 2011

Part of Myanmar's breadbasket in the country's centre is fast deteriorating and the area may face greater food insecurity without immediate action, local NGOs warn. (..) While greening efforts are important, boosting food security demands a "comprehensive development effort" to protect the poorest from the impacts of weather variability, said Marcus Prior, World Food Programme's Asia spokesman. "Vulnerability in this area is cyclical - always more severe during the lean [dry] season, when work is scarce, wages lower and basic food prices higher."

25 March 2011

A strong earthquake that toppled homes in northeastern Myanmar has killed more than 60 people, and there were fears Friday the toll would mount as conditions in more remote areas became known. (..) An official from the U.N.'s World Food Program said there were many casualties and serious damage in Mong Lin village, five miles (eight kilometers) from Tachileik. State radio said 29 were killed there and 16 injured.

3 February 2011

A massive shortfall in funding means more than 100,000 people are still homeless three months after Cyclone Giri hit Myanmar and thousands are in debt with bleak prospects of recovering their income, aid officials say. (..) A recent assessment by two U.N. agencies, Food and Agricultural Organisation and World Food Programme, found a third of the survivors are relying on food aid. “If that is not there, food security may deteriorate,” said Tasfai Ghermazien from the FAO in Myanmar.

24 January 2011

Tracking gun battles along the Thai-Burma border and preparing for another wave of refugees are not the only things that concern British humanitarian Sally Thompson. (..) The impact a weakening dollar has on humanitarian programs is also felt in other parts of Asia, where the U.N. food relief agency World Food Programme (WFP) supplies emergency needs. "WFP buys most of its food in U.S. dollars, so any depreciation in its value is likely to have an impact on our ability to provide food assistance to the world’s hungry poor," Marcus Prior, WFP spokesman for its Asia office, told IPS.

22 December 2010

Local communities in Myanmar have shown remarkable resilience in coping with the destruction caused by Cyclone Giri, which killed at least 45 people and affected 260,000 others two months ago, with substantial food, healthcare and emergency shelters distributed, according to a new United Nations assessment. (..) He was accompanied on his three-day mission by officials from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

21 December 2010

Aye Mya always struggled to provide food for her family, but after Cyclone Giri that task has become almost impossible. (..) According to the World Food Programme (WFP), some 200,000 people need food assistance in the worst-affected townships of Myebon, Kyaukphyu, Pauktaw and Minbya.

1 December 2010

Humanitarian agencies in Myanmar require an estimated $53 million to respond to the needs of at least 260,000 people who were affected by Cyclone Giri that battered the western coast of the South-east Asian country last month, destroying thousands of homes, infrastructure and farms, the United Nations reported today. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners are finalising preparations for a food distribution in December. An estimated 3,300 tonnes of mixed food items will be distributed to some 200,000 beneficiaries.

19 November 2010

Thousand of cyclone victims in western Arakan State still face many challenges in daily life as roads remain impassable and the area is only accessible through waterways, according to humanitarian organizations in Burma. (..) The World Food Program (WFP) has already completed a food security assessment and has sent 1,367 metric tons (mt) of rice to the affected areas, where a total of 84,000 beneficiaries had already received 784 mt of rice on November 8.

17 November 2010

The cyclone that struck the western coast of Myanmar at the end of October wiped out a large portion of the region’s expected annual rice harvest, placing some 260,000 people at risk of hunger. (..) By 20 November, the World Food Programme is expected to complete sending 1,355 tons of rice to affected areas and has government approval to procure locally more food staples to continue aid over the next three months.

16 November 2010

The Japanese government will provide 500,000 U.S. dollars in emergency aid to Myanmar's cyclone Giri-hit region in October, according to a press release of the Japanese Embassy Tuesday. The aid will be extended through the United Nations World Food Program.