Hunger in the news

5 October 2009

A suicide bomber dressed as a paramilitary soldier attacked an office of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) in the Pakistani capital on Monday killing five people and wounding several, officials said.
Pakistan is battling Islamist militants who have set off numerous bombs in towns and cities aimed at the security forces and government and foreign targets.
"I went to my office on the first floor and as I sat on my chair there was a huge blast," WFP official Arshad Jadoon told Reutersoutside the tightly guarded office in a residential area of Islamabad.
"All of a sudden, a smoke cloud enveloped the building and we came out where wounded people were lying," Jadoon said.

29 September 2009

The UN chief’s comments on global food insecurity are pertinent to Pakistan, where the compounded problems of food production, distribution and falling purchasing power are already in evidence. Citing the World Food Programme’s findings, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at the UN moot, that half of Pakistan’s population faced the challenge of food insecurity.

17 September 2009

According to the World Food Programme, 77 million Pakistanis are already food-insecure, and many of them live in the country’s most volatile areas. Foreign land holdings could cause a flare-up of this food vulnerability powder keg at the worst possible time.

17 September 2009

The Terms of Trade (ToT) - the quantity of wheat flour that can be purchased from the income earned through one day of unskilled labor, in the country declined by 3 percent in May over April this year. (..) According to the Market price bulletin of the World Food Programme (WFP), during this period, it increased by 12 percent in Peshawar (NWFP) and decreased by 5 percent in Lahore (Punjab) and the FATA (NWFP).

17 September 2009

According to information provided to APP by the World Food Programme in context to a question raised at Wednesday’s press briefing by the WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, the organisation said the total value of commodities purchased from Pakistani farmers mounted to US $ 49,681,023. (..) “The WFP is facing a serious budget shortfall with barely one third of the funding it needs to feed 108 million people this year. The number of hungry people will pass 1 billion this year for the first time in history but the flow of food aid is at a twenty year low.”

15 September 2009

At least 14 women and children were killed in a stampede in Kohri Garden area in Old Karachi to get free flour although ensuring food security is a fundamental human right ensured under Article 14 of Pakistan's Constitution. (..) According to 2008 data from the World Food Programme, 77 million Pakistanis - nearly half of the country's total population - are food insecure, while 95 of Pakistan's 121 districts face problems such as hunger and malnutrition-related diseases.

15 September 2009

The death toll from a stampede during a flour giveaway in Karachi rose to 18 Tuesday, police said. (..) The U.N. World Food Program estimates that 24 percent of Pakistan's population is undernourished and that 38 percent of children under age five are underweight. It calls the state of hunger in Pakistan "alarming."

13 September 2009

There has been some return to normality in Pakistan's troubled Swat District since the army's military campaign in the area, but fear of Taliban militants persists and is affecting people's - especially women's - lives. (..) However, according to an OCHA report of 11 September, World Food Programme (WFP) data show that only 10.4 to 11.3 percent of the monthly food distribution goes to women.

11 September 2009

The problem of under funding still persists in certain areas (..) According to the special Ramzan/Eid package funded by World Food Programme (WFP), every IDP family is provided with 5 kg rice, 4 kg bread flour, 3 kg sugar, juice powder and pakora flour each, 2 kg dates and milk powder each, and 1 kg salt, spices and tea each.

1 September 2009

Continuously rising food prices, stagnant incomes and growing unemployment have worsened the food security situation in Pakistan and placed a growing section of the population at risk of malnutrition and hunger. (..) some of the initiatives taken by the Government of Punjab have also positively impacted household income levels of poor families, as well as improving access to education and health services, which are in line with the WFP’s strategic objectives in Pakistan.