Hunger in the news

7 June 2011

The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday that 38,000 people, who had been displaced as the result of fighting in Pakistan's tribal regions, have returned homes. (..) The World Food Program has enrolled returnees in cash for work programs, UNICEF is providing hygiene kits, and WHO is offering health care through a partner organization.

3 June 2011

Ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs) have become an important weapon in fighting child malnutrition, since their early development in Malawi, and subsequent endorsement by major NGOs and UN agencies. A new variant in production in Pakistan replaces a key ingredient, peanuts, with chick peas which saves money, stimulates the local economy and fits better with local tastes, according to the World Food Programme.

1 June 2011

Food insecurity is still a major challenge for Pakistan because about half of its population is has a limited access to food, World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations said on Tuesday. “Food security is more than food production and is currently a great concern. Pakistan is not on track with regard to food security, as during the past decade Pakistan has suffered many shocks,” WFP deputy country director Dominique Frankefort said at a panel discussion on “Agricultural Policy and Food Security in a Decentralised Economy”.

10 May 2011

The World Food Programme (WFP) has started cash-for-work and food-for-work programmes in three districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

12 April 2011

Convoy of eight vehicles comprising 25 internally displaced families from Mohmand Agency on Monday said goodbye to Jalozai settlement established for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) who had been uprooted from their native villages and towns because of violence.(..)Most of these families even included unregistered ones as they were displaced later because of violence in upper tehsil of Kurram Agency (Shalozan-Tangi) and were confronted with non-release of food ration or non-registration for World Food Programme free food facility, access to education and healthcare and unemployment, sources said.

4 April 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP) is making a headway in the mass-production of its new ready-to-eat food in various manufacturing plants in Pakistan for future emergencies in the Sub-Continent, Middle East and African regions.(..)David B. Kaatrud, Director of Emergencies World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, told Khaleej Times in an interview that the mass production in Pakistan will resolve the high cost of transporting and too much dependence on products produced in other countries in times of emergencies.

31 March 2011

On Friday, April 1 at 11:05 p.m., we'll be airing a special episode that documents George's recent experiences in Pakistan. This trip marked the beginning of a meaningful relationship between George and his work with the World Food Programme.

31 March 2011

The FAO announced here on Wednesday that its large-scale distribution of wheat seeds to flood victims in Pakistan is now ripe to yield enough food for half a million poor rural households.(..)An Early Recovery Working Group, co-chaired by the NDMA and the UN Development Programme, has been set up with eight sectors covered, including one on Agriculture and Food Security, co-chaired by FAO, the World Food Programme, and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

29 March 2011

Accounting for more than a 40 per cent share in the consumer price index, the higher food prices have driven the overall inflation for quite some time to the detriment of the people despite a tight monetary policy.(..)Later in a statement issued from Islamabad, WFP director, Pakistan, Wolfgang Herbinger, clarified that in his press briefing in Geneva “although I sought to explain the many factors causing the food price rise, my statements unfortunately did not do full justice to the many efforts by the government to ensure food security. Please accept my sincerest apologies.”

14 March 2011

Parliamentary Health Secretary Dr Saeed Elahi says the provincial government is considering legislation on the compulsory iodisation of edible salt to control its deficiency in people. (..) Dr Elahi praised Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the Health Department, the World Food Programme and the Micronutrient Initiative for ensuring the easy access of iodised salt to 90 million people of Punjab.