Hunger in the news

14 January 2011

Over 20,000 children have fully recovered from malnutrition in Bugesera District, a World Food Programme (WFP) official has said. Abdoulaye Balde, WFP's Country Director, revealed this yesterday while handing over two cows worth Rwf1,3m to Rilima Nutrition Centre in Bugesera District.

11 November 2010

Under its five-year initiative dubbed Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme intends to purchase, in bulk, agricultural produce worth Rwf 741m from Rwandan farmers. According to the WFP Country Representative, Abdoulaye, Balde, under the programme, the produce will be purchased to feed about 54,000 refugees currently living in Rwanda. Balde added: "We focus on purchasing maize and beans from smallholder farmers".

30 July 2010

The World Food Program (WFP) will continue efforts geared at boosting agricultural production in Rwanda, the organisation’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran said, yesterday. Sheeran made the remarks whilre inspecting 300 hectares of wheat farms planted on the terraced hills of Rukozo and Cyungo sectors in Rulindo District.

29 July 2010

Many leaders who attended the African Union summit in Uganda are leading the way in bringing new energy and commitment to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And the African Union has declared its intent to build an Africa that ends hunger and empowers the continent to both feed itself, and ultimately to help feed the world.

10 May 2010

Congolese refugees living at Gihembe refugee camp have at last received the food rations, after facing a two months food shortage. Speaking to The New Times, the World Food Program (WFP) senior program Assistant based in Kigali, Viateur Ngiruwonsanga, said the refugees have received maize, beans, cooking oil and salt, enough for the month of April.

14 April 2010

With an aim of improving the lives of children through eliminating malnutrition and hunger in a bid to achieve the universal primary education goal, Plan Rwanda, a non-profit organization in partnership with other stakeholders will kick-off a school feeding project next month.(..)Earlier this year, Plan Rwanda signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Food Programme (WFP) to execute this project based on Plan’s expertise in community-based approaches.

18 March 2010

A farming ban imposed on Rwandan refugees in southwestern Uganda is raising concerns for their food security, while proposed cash transfers could boost both food prices and theft, warn aid workers and local officials, who are urging the government to rescind the directive. "The situation with the Rwandan refugees remains unclear. They were stopped from cultivation so as to encourage them to voluntarily return home but the number of those who left is low," Festo Wafuta, the senior Ugandan official in the Nakivale camp, told IRIN. "As yet we do not have a clear solution from the government about the Rwandans; right now most of them are relying on food distributed by WFP [UN World Food Programme]."

16 March 2010

Agriculture Minister, Agnes Kalibata, has called for concrete action in making food security a reality on the continent. (..) World Food Programme (WFP) and FAO put the numbers at nearly 58 million with a significant segment of vulnerable people depending on food aid.

5 March 2010

World Vision Rwanda will not be affected by cuts in food aid programmes by its parent organisation, World Vision International. (..) Last month, Ki Moon announced a high level task force to help him deal with the global food crisis and has requested for 755 million US dollars to increase funding for the UN food subsidiary the World Food Programme to operate more efficiently. The WFP believes 100 million people are currently going short of food.

16 February 2010

Plan Rwanda, a non-profit organization has partnered with World Food Programme (WFP) to implement the school feeding program set to begin next month in the Eastern Province. While signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations, the WFP Country Director, Abdoulaye Baldé, noted that Plan is able to execute the project because of their expertise in community-based approaches.