Hunger in the news

24 November 2010

Some 163 village development committees (VDCs) in a dozen districts are identified as highly food insecure. “Forty-four per cent of the population in Humla and Bajura are reportedly facing a high level of food insecurity,” according to a report by the UN Word Food Programme (WFP).

21 September 2010

Farmers in Nepal face an acute lack of fertilizers that could aggravate food insecurity, experts warn. “There is definitely a shortage of [chemical] fertilizers. This will have a direct impact on the food security situation,” Hari Dahal, a senior government official with Nepal’s Ministry of Agriculture, told IRIN. The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates 3.6 million people are food insecure in Nepal.

16 September 2010

The European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) has provided US$ 1.14 million to the United Nations World Food Programme in Nepal to combat acute food insecurity in Mid-Western Nepal. (..) "Recent shocks such as unpredictable weather patterns, crop failures, and increasing food prices have worsened the situation in the Karnali," said Nicolas Oberlin, Deputy Country Director, WFP Nepal. "As a result, WFP is taking urgent action to combat acute food insecurity, and the funding from ECHO will help us to continue our work in the region."

31 August 2010

Farmers may reap as little as half of their normal harvests this year due to late monsoon rains in Nepal, a country constantly battling malnutrition and food insecurity, the World Food Programme (WFP) warns. "What we're concerned with is the mid and far west - the hills area," said Dominique Hyde, deputy country director of WFP in Nepal. The regions are home to 600,000 of the country's estimated 3.6 million food insecure, according to WFP's August food security bulletin.

25 August 2010

The government has provided grant worth $35.8 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) through the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD), to continue to combat hunger and malnutrition in Nepal. The grant is gravitated towards assisting rural livelihoods for some 490,000 Nepalis living in districts to tide over a food deficit.

5 August 2010

Locals of Baluwatar and Naumale, in a remote basin 28 km northwest of the district headquarters Dullu, have seen their lives transformed since a micro-hydro system was installed. CFL bulbs have replaced the hazardous kerosene lamps in their homes, women have been freed from the drudgery of milling grain, and men no longer need to struggle to irrigate their fields. 

29 July 2010

If the time and energy spent on political unrest is devoted to solving real problems of poverty and food crisis, the population might not be as hungrier as they are right now. “Due to a greater focus on politics, the real and pressing concerns get lost somewhere in the middle. The politicians and government are not focusing on the food security as much as they need to. It is easier to ignore and overlook how the people in the rural hinterlands are living,” said Richard Ragan, country director of the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) at a photo exhibition organised by WFP, showcasing the food rituals of Nepal.

29 July 2010

Women can help reduce the rising food insecurity triggered by low agricultural production and price rise. Participants at a function organised by World Food Programme (WFP) here on Friday concluded this, saying that hunger is directly linked to gender inequality. “Like men, if women are trained to enhance their skills in agriculture sector, it is likely that food production will rise by 22 percent,” said Dominique Hyde, WFP’s deputy country director.

29 July 2010

Food indeed plays a major role in the life of people. Food describes you and reflects your culture and the nation you come from. (..) And that is what the photo exhibition ‘The life of food in Nepal’ portrays — it has a story to share about food, of people and of their tradition and culture. (..) the exhibition organised by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and inaugurated on July 20 at the Nepal Art Council comprises a total of 46 photographs. “I had always dreamed of coming to Nepal and after coming here I wanted to tell the story of Nepal in a different way,” said Richard Ragan, country representative of WFP.

23 July 2010

National Planning Commission (NPC) has painted a dark picture of the Nepali agriculture in its recent publication Food Security Atlas of Nepal. (..) World Food Programme (WFP) country representative to Nepal, Richard Regan urged the government to focus on Mid-Western hills and mountain saying there is a famine-like situation in lean seasons –– February-March and July-August.