Hunger in the news

30 June 2009

European Union (EU) and World Food Programme (WFP) would give assistance of 24.7 million Euro and 14 million Euro respectively for progress of Agriculture sector in Pakistan. Federal food and Agriculture Minister, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, said that Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a reliable partner in progress and its services in strengthening agriculture and ensuring food security of the region are laudable.

29 June 2009

Security forces demolished 12 houses of militants and arrested eight suspects in Dir Lower on Sunday. (..) In another action, security forces raided the house of militant commander Naik Ikhtiar in Tazagram area of Adinzai Tehsil and recovered hundreds of sacks of wheat and other goods of the World Food Programme (WFP). The forces later handed over the wheat to the officials of department concerned and dynamited the house. The militants had recently seized the WFP wheat and other goods meant for the displaced people and stored it in the house.

27 June 2009

Through humanitarian hubs run by the World Food Programme (WFP) and with help from the Sarahd Rural Support Programme (SRSP), UNHCR has distributed relief aid including mats, plastic sheets, jerry cans and kitchen sets to 24,700 people staying with host families and in schools in Charsadda, Nowshera and Mardan districts. WFP reported that it has set up banks for food and relief items in five major cities with the support of the corporations TNT, Agility and Pakistan International Airlines. “Setting up these relief banks provide all Pakistani individuals, families and businesses with a prompt and reliable means to donate food and relief goods for the many families and people who have been displaced by the fighting in NWFP,” said WFP Pakistan Country Representative Wolfgang Herbinger.

26 June 2009

Akhtar Zaman and his 25-member extended family fled fighting in the Swat district six weeks ago. They are now staying with relatives in Mardan and being supported by WFP. Their story is the story of hundreds of thousands of families in northern Pakistan. (..) "We came with nothing but the shoes on our feet, we didn't bring anything with us," he says as he clutches his ration card at a WFP distribution centre in Mardan. He's collecting his WFP provisions for June.

25 June 2009

United Nations officials on Thursday urged Pakistani authorities to ensure swathes of the northwest were secure before millions of people displaced by an anti-Taliban offensive returned home. (..) "We have to be ready for any wave of people coming as a result of military operations in Waziristan," said Maha Ahmed, a senior official with the UN's World Food Programme. "We mobilised resources and bought food, but we still need money."

22 June 2009

Had it not been for my trip to Washington to speak with U.S. officials about their Af-Pak strategy, there is a good chance that I would have been there last Tuesday, June 9, when terrorists blasted a hole through the building, killing more than a dozen people. (..) Employees from the United Nations, the World Food Program, and numerous aid organizations were staying there. Many of them were charged with helping the 3 million people who have been displaced in the last month alone.

22 June 2009

Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida is only one part of the struggle to build peace in Pakistan. Humanitarian aid for over two million people who have been displaced by the fighting is equally critical to building stability in the troubled country. (..) The U.N.’s World Food Programme is distributing food to refugees at a number of distribution hubs it has set up. Josette Sheeran, its director, states, "Food is a basic building block for life, and in Pakistan, it goes beyond immediate nourishment by providing peace and stability to the human tide of people uprooted by conflict."

19 June 2009

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Operations Chief Ramiro Lopes Desilva and Embassy of Brazil Minister Counselor Gustavo Guimaraes the other day visited the humanitarian hubs established by WFP in Swabi district. Accompanied by WFP Country Director Wolfgang Herbinger, the delegation inspected the overall food distribution operations at three points and listened to the problems of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

19 June 2009

"We hardly have enough food to survive, we can't sleep in the tents in this heat and we're being eaten alive by mosquitos," says Azizullah, a 65-year-old from Bajaur. In the far distance, long lines of men wearing traditional shalwar kameez shirts are busy with the only task they have to occupy the never-ending days: queuing for food handed out by the World Food Programme.

18 June 2009

Pakistan has said its mammoth relief and rehabilitation effort for internally displaced persons of northwestern Malakand region would cost more than $ 2 billion as its envoy in Washington visited the USAID Response Center to discuss handling of the American relief operations and assistance. (..) In addition, 39,670 metric tons of food assistance has been provided to World Food Program emergency operation and 50,000 metric tons of food for Progress assistance through the Pakistan Agriculture Ministry for distribution to conflict affected population.