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15 October 2009

The United Nations said Thursday it had been forced to cut food rations to 90,000 Bhutanese refugees living in camps in Nepal due to a severe funding shortage. The UN's World Food Programme provides rice, lentils and other food to the refugees, who fled Bhutan when ethnic tensions flared nearly two decades ago and came to eastern Nepal, where they have lived ever since in camps.


12 October 2009

"The rains have taken away my cattle, the house with everything that was inside. Now I have nothing but my body soaked with water” (..). The Nepal office of the World Food Program has warned the authorities in Kathmandu of the risk of a serious food crisis caused by damage to crops caused by the rains.


25 September 2009

“More than eight million people, including more than three million children, are facing emergency-like conditions in Nepal, where food is scarce and few resources are available to rebuild or improve their livelihoods,” according to UN World Food Program (WFP).


24 September 2009

“More than eight million people, including more than three million children, are facing emergency-like conditions in Nepal, where food is scarce and few resources are available to rebuild or improve their livelihoods,” according to UN World Food Program (WFP).


8 September 2009

The world is currently reeling under four-F crisis, a catastrophe of melting financial market, food insufficiency, low fuel price and the spread of flu that is engulfing the developed as well as the developing world. (..) The food available under the Food for Work Program of WFP has to be distributed equitably so that districts reeling from food deficit get their fair share.


28 August 2009

Three years ago Naina Shahi's husband left their small village in rural Nepal to seek work in neighbouring India, leaving her to bring up their three children alone.
The dry winters and unpredictable monsoons Nepal has experienced in recent years had hit crop production on the couple's land plot in the foothills of the Himalayas, forcing them to look for other ways to feed their family.
For the past two years, their crop has failed entirely and Shahi now buys rice on credit from a local shopkeeper while she waits for her husband to return to their village with his earnings.


21 August 2009

Hunger rates are most severe in the western regions of Nepal, which already ranks near the bottom of the global hunger index, according to a new report by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which is examining food insecurity levels within the South Asian nation. According to the global hunger index (GHI) developed by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Nepal ties with Laos for 57th out of 88 countries, with a score of 20.6. Countries with levels under five, such as those in Western Europe, are considered to have low levels of hunger and are not included in the rankings.


7 August 2009

Hunger kills more people in the world than any other disease. Every day approximately 25000 people die from hunger and hunger related illness. Today, one in nearly seven people does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide according to the World Food Programme (WFP).


6 August 2009

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said 3.4 million Nepalese people had become "highly to severely food insecure" due to sharp food price rises and the 2008-09 winter drought, the worst in 40 years. "In recent years, Nepal has experienced a sharp and sustained decline in food security," the WFP said in a report released here Friday.


4 August 2009

Compared with other countries in South Asia, Nepal’s food security has suffered badly over the past three years mainly due to the severe winter drought, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Drought has seriously affected many farmers (file photo) “The cost of coping with insecurity has increased dramatically,” Richard Ragan, WFP country representative in Nepal, told IRIN.