Hunger in the news

15 February 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP), will today Monday host a “national response analysis workshop on food security, a meeting that is expected to take place at Laico Hotel. Aimed at improving the response to food security crises in the region, the workshop will look at how communities and partners can improve their access to food, and how to improve harvests.

12 November 2009

52% of children below the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition which results in stunted growth. It is one of the most striking findings of the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis and Nutrition Survey. WFP country director Abdoulaye Baldé proposed to adopt improved seeds and fertilizers to reduce malnutrition.

6 November 2009

Rwanda may be among the first African countries to achieve the Millennium development Goal I, if it maintains or increases its pace in reducing food insecurity amongst its citizens.(..)World Food Programme Country Director Abdoulaye Baldé said that there has been great improvement in ensuring food security in Rwanda.

23 October 2009

The UN country team, donated blood to the National Centre for Blood Transfusion in an effort to save lives in the different health facilities across the country.(..)The blood donation initiative that was held at the WFP premises in Kicukiro, attracted an estimated 400 staff members from 21 UN agencies working in the country.

7 October 2009

A Rwandan pupil is among the 14 finalists in a worldwide drawing competition organized by the World Food Program to draw attention to its school feeding program. Miriam Nyirasengiyumva receives prizes from WFP country director Abdoulaye Balde .

1 October 2009

Today WFP, Rwanda celebrates the United Nations holiday to honour children and minors at Nyamiyaga Primary School in Gahini sector, Kayonza District. At the forefront of eradicating hidden hunger that affects over 850million people across the globe, WFP has embarked on a school feeding programme for Rwanda’s children. Over 350,000 children in 300 primary schools in 11 districts across the country receive a free meal per day.

16 September 2009

World Food Programme (WFP) has initiated a food purchase programme from farmers for a period of five years effective January 2010. (..) According to the WFP Project Coordinator, Emmanuela Mashayo, the initiative which has been dubbed ‘Purchase for Progress (P4P)’, will ensure that farming in Africa and in Rwanda specifically, is more productive, profitable, and sustainable in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

7 September 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) will purchase foodstuffs from Rwandan farmers for five years starting January next year. The new initiative dubbed Purchase for Progress (P4P), targets small and low-income farmers, according to its coordinator, Ms. Emmanuela Mashayo. "We are hoping this market opportunity for smallholder farmers will help them increase their productivity and their income as well," Mashayo told East African Business Week in Kigali.

3 September 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), yesterday, donated Rwf 82m worth of agricultural equipment to the Ministry of Agriculture in a bid to boost agricultural productivity in the country. The donation included; plastic linings for rainwater harvesting ponds, pedal irrigation pumps, watering cans and lime. The Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Kalibata, noted that the received equipment would encourage irrigation, while ensuring optimum agricultural production.

20 July 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations high Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have pledged more support to refugees and Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) in the region. This was revealed by Ogden Katz, the WFP food security specialist following a meeting that brought together regional delegates of the UN agencies on a Joint Assessment Mission (JAM).