Hunger in the news

8 March 2011

IN his famous essay Poverty and Famine, the Nobel Laureate for economics, Amartya Sen, writes that contrary to popular belief, famines are not caused by food shortages. (..) Where does Pakistan stand today in this context? According to the World Food Programme’s data of 2008, 77 million Pakistanis suffer from food insecurity.

2 March 2011

"She was just skin and bones, even crying seemed a huge effort," Hajiani says of one-year-old Samreen Tauqir, when she saw her for the first time two months ago. (..) Following the survey, the government launched a strategic nutrition response plan in collaboration with UNICEF, the World Food Programme and several NGOs in 19 of the 23 districts of Sindh province.

22 February 2011

A vitamin and nutrient-rich chick pea paste developed by United Nations scientists is helping in the fight against cinfant malnutrition in Pakistan. The problem increased dramatically last year as flood waters ravaged large parts of the country, prompting researchers at the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to try and develop local solutions. (..) They came up with ‘Wawa Mum’ (literally ‘good food mum’) – a 50g mineral and vitamin-fortified paste meeting a host of daily nutrient requirements and derived from locally-sourced chick peas. “Wawa Mum has a number of advantages during emergency situations like the floods in Pakistan,” said Dominique Frankefort, deputy director of WFP’s operations in Pakistan.

21 February 2011

Punjab Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman on Sunday claimed that the provincial government has completed rehabilitation work in the flood-affected areas in record time. (..) He said that Punjab government was grateful to UN, World Food Programme, Unesco, WHO, different agencies and countries for their help and rehabilitation of flood victims.

6 February 2011

In-charge USAID Program in Pakistan Dr Marlin Wyatt said on Sunday that American people stand by their Pakistani brothers in difficult times and would continue helping the rural population affected by floods. (..) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started a Rs40 billion project of providing basic provisions to flood and terrorism victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. WFP Spokesperson Amjad Jamal said the purpose of the project is to provide health, education and other facilities to the people of the province.

3 February 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing funding shortages for its hunger relief mission in Pakistan. WFP is providing assistance to Pakistan as it recovers from the massive floods of last August. WFP’s "US$596 million flood operation is currently only 63 percent resourced and faces a shortfall of US$225 million."

27 January 2011

One of the areas in Pakistan hit hardest by last year's massive floods is suffering child malnutrition rates similar to those seen in African famines, according to the United Nations. (..) The World Food Program, which has been providing support to more than 5 million Pakistanis, has enough funding to continue through February but would then experience shortages unless it received more support, said WFP official Carl Paulsson.

24 January 2011

At a total project value of $621 million for the years 2011-12, World Food Programme’s (WFP) food assistance operation, responding to the needs of vulnerable groups in the most volatile and food insecure areas of the country, is facing a shortfall of more than $141 million in 2011.

27 December 2010

A food relief program was expected to resume soon in the northwestern tribal region of Bajaur, where a suicide bomber killed 46 people outside a World Food Program center on Saturday, according to officials. “We have ceased operations in Bajaur for practical reasons,” Mageed Yahia, the deputy country director for the World Food Program in Pakistan, said in an interview on Monday. But he said operations would resume in the restive tribal region after security measures were in place and investigations completed. He said food relief activities were continuing in other parts of the country.

17 December 2010

When I last saw my colleague and friend, Dr. Qamar Zaman, a physician and a health specialist for Church World Service in Pakistan, the prognosis for Dr. Zaman's country was not good. (..) Luckily, Dr. Zaman told me, the World Food Program, the United States Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency and smaller humanitarian groups did a good job of distributing emergency food -- though Dr. Zaman added there are still areas that, nearly five months after the start of the floods, remain inaccessible by road.