Hunger in the news

10 September 2010

In Niger more than two million children are entering the peak of what authorities say is a particularly devastating hunger season causing a severe risk of malnutrition-related fatalities. (..) The United Nations World Food Program estimates life expectancy in the country at just over 44 years. And that does not include the one-out-of-every five children in Niger who do not survive past the age of four.

7 September 2010

Torrential rains and flash floods that swept through cities and villages in Central Africa in late August have intensified a food crisis in the region, leaving upwards of 10 million people suffering from severe food shortages, the United Nations and relief organizations warned last week. (..) In early August, a shortfall of international aid forced the United Nations World Food Program to suspend food aid to families with children over the age of 2 in Niger.

31 August 2010

It now has a name: "the hunger season". The United Nations rapporteur on food has described what is going on as "silent mass murder". And, almost unbelievably, the World Food Programme, through no fault of their own, have just had to make their "agonising" life-and-death decision to restrict food aid to children under two and to cut food aid for children over the age of two.

31 August 2010

Nearly half of the 15 million people in Niger are facing a food crisis as flooding plagues the African country, the United Nations said. The U.N.'s World Food Program earlier this month said there was an urgent need to help the 4 million people in Niger affected by flooding.

30 August 2010

Heavy rains in Niger have displaced nearly 200,000 in recent weeks, the United Nations says, calling on donors and aid agencies to send shelter material, blankets and other supplies. (..) The World Food Programme is working to provide highly nutritious food rations to 670,000 children and their families, Bettina Luescher, a spokeswoman for the agency, said Monday.

29 August 2010

Hundreds of thousands of children across central Africa are at risk of death from starvation and disease after flash flooding worsened an already chronic humanitarian crisis caused by drought. (..) Such is the shortage of international aid that the United Nations World Food Programme has had to scale back its £57m operation to feed eight million people in Niger and instead concentrate its efforts on the most vulnerable – children under two – according to Oxfam.

29 August 2010

Niger will avoid the "worst" in its most severe food crisis since 2005 with aid reaching millions left hungry by last year's failed harvest, the government said. (..) The World Food Program is still waiting for donor assistance to fund aid work through the coming months.

25 August 2010

Sounding the alarm on Niger 's ongoing food crisis, the head of the World Food Program (WFP) Josette Sheeran and UN humanitarian chief John Holmes have repeatedly raised the issue as an underfunded "disaster in the making," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here on Tuesday. (..)"(The WFP) is concentrating on children under five and their families," said Luescher. "We are bringing food rations to 670,000 children and their families, comprising a total of 5 million people," she added.

24 August 2010

Aid agency Oxfam warned Tuesday of a "double disaster" for millions of people in Niger where heavy rains and flooding are compounding food shortages caused by a prolonged drought. (..) Last week, the UN announced a further 15 million dollars (12 million euros) for World Food Programme operations in Niger.

24 August 2010

Niger has been hit by a double disaster as recent floods compound an existing food crisis, a UK aid agency warned. (..) The World Food Programme recently acknowledged that it was forced to limit its food distribution to only 40% of those in need because of a funding shortfall.