Hunger in the news

23 December 2009

The United Nations has been forced to stop feeding over half a million people in Nepal due to a critical funding shortfall caused by the financial downturn (..). "WFP food-for-work programmes have protected millions of poor Nepalis from hunger caused by drought, high food prices, rising insecurity and the economic crisis," Dominique Hyde, WFP's deputy country representative, told Reuters by phone from Kathmandu. "With the lean season approaching and Nepal facing one of its largest cereal deficits in a decade, WFP no longer has the funds to maintain this vital safety net."

15 December 2009

The financial crisis has left the World Food Programme short of funds. For the people of Nepal, the consequences are dire. Last April I watched an ancient Russian helicopter landing at a remote dirt airstrip in western Nepal. The chopper had been chartered by the World Food Programme to fly in food to Mugu, the poorest district in Nepal, a country still recovering from a 10-year civil war.

9 December 2009

The World Food Programme in Nepal says it will be forced to cut food aid to over half a million people because of a funding shortage. The WFP says it needs to raise $20m in order to provide enough assistance over the next three months.

4 December 2009

Richard F. Ragan is the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Representative for Nepal. (..) "We’re feeding over two million people all over the country and it’s quite a big operation that has grown from a US$25 million program to US$155 million a year. We are the largest airlift operation of WFP in the world."

21 November 2009

“It is expected that without food assistance the households, which have faced crop losses, will face a critical food security situation from January onwards as the summer harvest will not be sufficient to adequately replenish seriously depleted household stocks,” the latest food security report of the UN World Food Program (WFP)-Nepal says.

19 November 2009

In Nepal, severe drought and unreliable monsoon rains have led to acute food shortages and the highest levels of hunger in 40 years.
Experts warn that the country’s efforts to reduce poverty after the decade-long civil war are being undermined by the country’s continuing political instability, climate change and a deepening food crisis.

9 November 2009

The U.N. food agency has resumed full supplies of food rations to tens of thousands of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal with the help of aid from Australia, a month after the financial crisis curbed the programme. About 90,000 refugees of ethnic Nepali origin live in United Nations-supervised camps in southeast Nepal since they began fleeing Bhutan in the early 1990s, alleging human rights violations and discrimination.

22 October 2009

Food insecurity has increased for thousands of families in Nepal’s far- and mid-west regions as a result of flooding and landslides earlier this month.(..) “Some of the affected districts are already among the most chronically food insecure areas - where people grow their crops largely for subsistence. And when they lose them, they don’t have anything,” Richard Ragan, country representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal, told IRIN.

22 October 2009

Somewhere in the mid-hills of western Nepal, in the shadow of Manaslu, is a small, impoverished village at an altitude of 3,780 metres. Thanks to a joint initiative by Himalayan Experience, the World Food Programme (WFP), SmileHigh and Himalayan Health and Environmental Services, Samagaon has just received much needed aid in the form of health and dental services, food, and human expertise.

16 October 2009

The United Nations says it has been forced to cut food aid to thousands of Bhutanese refugees living in camps in Nepal because of a funding shortage. A senior official from the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that without adequate resources, further cuts may be necessary in the coming months.