Hunger in the news

27 August 2009

People living in and around Swat Valley's principal city of Mingora are facing tough economic choices as a direct result of the recent clashes between government forces and militants in northwestern Pakistan. (..) "There is a need for food assistance in Swat, especially for people who remained stuck there through the weeks of conflict and received no help at all," Amjad Jamal, a spokesman for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan.

26 August 2009

Foreign donors, many of whom are slashing funding due to the global downturn, should give priority to helping Pakistan recover from the war against Taliban militants in its northwest, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Around 2.3 million people were forced from their homes by an army offensive against the militants in the northwest of the country, mostly since April.

24 August 2009

Tharparker District in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan, is among the most arid regions in the country. (..) However, an innovative project by local NGO Thardeep Rural Development Programme (TRDP) in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Sindh is helping alleviate Tharparker's drought problems.

23 August 2009

Around 1.6 million of the over 2 million people displaced by the anti-Taliban military operations in Pakistan’s north-west have returned to their villages, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday, citing Government figures.
The vast majority of the nearly 2.3 million people who had escaped clashes between Government forces and militants were sheltering either in schools and other public buildings, with host families or in rental accommodations.

20 August 2009

Spokeswoman for the UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, Elizabeth Byrs, tells VOA livestock have been washed away and drowned, crops of maize, rice, sugarcane and tobacco are submerged under the flood waters. (...) "Those two districts are also close to the districts where the displaced people, displaced by the conflict are located," said Byrs. "And, it could also create the problem for those displaced people because they need to be fed. And, we use sometimes local resources-the government, the authorities use local resources. The World Food Program also use local resources to feed these people," she said. Byrs says, fortunately, WFP's warehouse in the area has not been flooded, so it has food to distribute for now.

11 August 2009

Out of the more than two million people uprooted by the anti-Taliban offensive in northwest Pakistan, some 765,000 have now returned to their homes, but continued fighting is causing a fresh round of displacement, the UN humanitarian arm said Monday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR will identify potential sites for humanitarian hubs to distribute food and other items to returnees.

11 August 2009

Brazil has announced a contribution of 155 tons of wheat flour for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) through World Food Programme (WFP) managed ‘Relief Bank’. (..) The Brazilian embassy has channelled this donation through the WFP managed ‘Relief Bank’ in Azakhel near Peshawar, where the agency is receiving many in-kind food donations from Pakistan citizens, companies and government authorities.

30 July 2009

International relief agencies –United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Unicef, World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme – have suspended all activities in Balochistan after threats issued by the outlawed Baloch Liberation United Front against their staff.

28 July 2009

Pakistan is gripped by poverty crisis, which has already driven people to acts of desperation and increasing food production alone will not ensure food security unless the destitute have enough income to buy the food they need, former minister, Sartaj Aziz, said this while delivering a lecture on "Food Security for the Poor" organised by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF).
Aziz said an average agricultural growth rate of at least 4 percent per annum in the next decade - 2010-2020, implementation of a pro-poor growth strategy and provision of non-farm employment on a substantial scale is mandatory to achieve food security in the country.

24 July 2009

The United Nations on Thursday appealed to the international community to honour its pledges for assistance in the rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), as only 43 percent of the required funds have been collected so far. (..) UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Emergency Coordinator Richard Muller said (..) a joint programme had been formulated for Buner in which UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and UNHABITAT, WFP, UNIDO and WHO were involved.