Hunger in the news

11 October 2010

United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners have delivered almost 170,000 tons of food to millions of people affected by the severe floods that first hit the country in late July, and are preparing to distribute seeds and fertilizer ahead of the planting season in an effort to enable 4.2 million people to feed themselves again. (..) Meanwhile, OCHA and the global humanitarian logistics cluster, led by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), today launched an interactive web-based tool dubbed “Global Mapping of Emergency Stockpiles,” which displays information on emergency relief warehouses managed by international humanitarian organizations.

9 October 2010

Two months into the flooding, its economic loss and social impact on Pakistan is though to size up, millions of hungry affectees are awaiting emergency relief. (..) In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, WFP Pakistan Country Director Wolfgang Herbinger said the aid agency, teamed up with the government of Pakistan, is leading a pilot UN development program to help the country for better disaster management and to improve the handling of food insecurity. "WFP has a leading role working closely with the government at national, provincial, and district level to improve their own capacity to handle the disasters," Herbinger said.

8 October 2010

Germany would provide financial assistance in provision of livelihood, health, education, infrastructure and food security to flood affectees in close collaboration with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). (..) Germany had also donated 2.5 million euros through the UN World Food Programme.

8 October 2010

Logistics companies Agility, TNT and UPS have reunited as part of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LETs) initiative to ensure that critical relief supplies are reaching the people impacted by disastrous rains and flooding in Pakistan. As a cross-company partnership to support humanitarian relief efforts during natural disasters, the LETs have been working closely with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ever since heavy rains and flooding in Pakistan left millions stranded with no access to food and basic necessities.

8 October 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) so far has distributed 10,000 metric tons of life saving food enough to feed 700,000 people for a month and distributions will continue till December this year.A statement issued by the WFP here on Thursday said the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia has donated US$ 24 million from the Saudi Fund For Development to the people of flood affected areas.The Deputy Executive Director of WFP Amir Abdulla has thanked Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim bin Salih Al-Ghadeer, Ambassador at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, for a US$ 24 million donation.

6 October 2010

Humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies in Pakistan, Niger and Chad received the most allocations from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) during the third quarter of this year, it was reported today. (..) During the past three months, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) received a total allocation of $15 million to respond to severe food shortages caused by a prolonged drought in Niger.

5 October 2010

In Sindh, I saw our mobile clinics -- also staffed by Pakistanis -- treat women and children living in camps for respiratory and other illnesses. We have launched a massive food aid program, supported by USAID and the World Food Program (WFP), and distribute at sites in Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Sukkur. At the site I visited, families who were prescreened by Save the Children teams to meet the WFP criteria for need, lined up to receive two 40-kilo bags of wheat flour.

1 October 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme announced on Friday that it was scaling up its food aid to reach more than seven million people in Pakistan. The agency began distributing life-saving rations soon after the floods hit the country in late July, providing aid to an average of six million people per month while transitioning towards early recovery activities.

1 October 2010

A UN helicopter distributing food aid to victims of Pakistan's devastating floods and carrying 13 people made a hard landing on water Friday causing injuries, Pakistani and UN officials said.(...) The Russian-built Mi-8 UN helicopter made a "forced landing" in water at 8:40 am (0340 GMT), World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Barry Came told AFP. (..) "We're extremely relieved there were no deaths, but there have been injuries. We have 13 on board. There were no critical injuries. "A rescue helicopter is on its way and will take the injured to Karachi," the WFP spokesman told AFP.

30 September 2010

Three UN organisations announced on Friday a joint aid program for Pakistan after the humanitarian community has entered a new phase to intensify assistance to the most vulnerable people in flood-affected Pakistan. (..) The plan, unveiled in a joint press conference here by heads of the World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), outlines to donor governments the details of their operational strategy for the coming months.