Hunger in the news

7 May 2009

According to a monthly review report issued by the World Food Program Nepal (WFP), the remote districts in Nepal are facing a food crunch. That´s because the supply of commodities has been seriously hampered by the frequent disruptions of the supply lines and mechanisms, says the United Nations food agency.

29 April 2009

One million more Nepalis will be granted food contribution this year through the World Food Program amid the food crisis in Nepal, national news agency RSS reported on Wednesday.The Nepal Representative of the World Food Program (WFP) Richard Regan expressed worries about the grave crisis of food security in Nepal because of drought and climatic adversity.

28 April 2009

With the aim of improving education quality and access, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal has provided laptop computers to school children and teachers of the government schools in Far Western Nepal. WFP distributed laptops to 180 school children and teachers in grades two and three of three public schools in Dadeldhura on Sunday. (...) "WFP’s school feeding programme plays a critical role in increasing school attendance," said WFP Country Representative, Richard Ragan. "Making laptop computers available will improve the quality of education that students receive while they are in school."

11 April 2009

For the first time, southern Nepal's Terai districts -- the country's food basket -- have faced a food deficit, local media reported on Saturday. According to, at least eight Terai districts -- Sunsari, Saptari, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Siraha, Kailali and Dhanusha -- didn't produce adequate food grains for themselves this year, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC). [...] The United Nations World Food Program has already warned that the winter drought, which would cause crop losses of between 30-70 percent, would push two million people toward hunger.

6 April 2009

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Sunday said that the winter drought [in Nepal], which will cause crop losses between 30 to 70 percent will push 2 million people towards hunger. "This worrying outlook for the crop situation in the Hill and Mountain zones will have the most serious implication on household with low food stock," said WFP in its emergency alert bulletin.

2 April 2009

The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) announced Thursday an assistance of 172 million pound sterling (NRs. 19.78 billion) to Nepal for the next three years - 2009 to 2012. The pledge for support was made by visiting UK Minister for International Development Mike Foster launching a three-year plan of UK’s Department of International Department (DFID) in Nepal. [...] With the new DFID country plan in Nepal that amounts to nearly Rs. 20 billion, the UK has increased its aid to Nepal by 46 per cent compared to the previous three-year plan. In addition to this, the UK has pledged to provide a sum of 4 million pound sterling to fund the World Food Programme projects in the country.

16 March 2009

The UN food agency World Food Program has urged agitating groups in the Tarai to allow free movement of vehicles transporting humanitarian foods supplies. WFP said it has been unable to deliver food assistance to more than 325,000 highly food-insecure people across Nepal, including Koshi flood victims and the Bhutanese refugees, due to disruption in transportation for the last two weeks. “The WFP will be organizing convoys of humanitarian food assistance. These trucks will be moving along multiple sections of the East-West Highway and toward Birendranagar in Surkhet,” said UN agency in a statement Friday.

9 March 2009

Agricultural experts are expressing concern that people in already food-insecure Nepal will have to further tighten their belts unless food, transport and other costs can be curbed. Local food traders told IRIN that in 2008 prices of the main staple, rice, had increased by 24 percent, cooking oil by 30 percent and wheat flour by 18 percent. [...] “My biggest concern is for people living on the margins and caught up in a situation where inflation is severely impacting them,” Richard Ragan, Nepal country representative of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN. According to the government’s national bank, Rastriya Bank, food inflation outpaced that in India last year, reaching 17 percent compared to only 10 percent in India. “Many people are skipping meals and eating less nutritious food,” said Ragan.

3 March 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) has projected a gloomy outlook of [Nepal's]winter crop production this time owing to lack of sufficient rainfall. The winter harvest this time is expected to be poor. The outlook for the winter crop production is worrisome making the people more vulnerable to food insecurity, stated a rapid survey by the WFP. Other factors, according to the survey, affecting food security include remoteness, high food prices and limited income opportunities, posing a high risk of increased food insecurity beginning in April. Food insecurity will become particularly critical from June onwards as Nepal moves into its traditional lean season.

2 March 2009

The UN food agency has forecasted huge fall in the production of winter crops in drought-hit hill and mountain districts. “Due to almost complete absence of rainfall during the winter season, the outlook for the wheat and barley harvest is bleak, particularly in the rain-fed areas of the Far and Mid West as well as in several districts of central hills,” the World Food Program–Nepal in its crop situation update said Monday. The WFP’s Food Security Monitoring and Analysis System had prepared the report after visiting 247 farmers in 20 districts which are hit by insufficient rain.