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2 September 2011

The donation of more than 1,000 metric tons of wheat flour is enough to support 100,000 people for a month, and will be used in WFP's emergency response to the drought in Kenya.


1 September 2011

A ship loaded with nearly 400 tons of food for drought and famine victims in the Horn of Africa is set to depart from France on Thursday. The U.N. World Food Program says the French ship is carrying enough flour, sugar, rice and oil to feed more than 22,000 people for one month.


1 September 2011

Food will be increasingly scarce in famine-struck southern Somalia until next year's harvest, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Thursday. (..) The United Nations has declared famine in five zones in southern Somalia where the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants will not allow the U.N.'s World Food Program to deliver food aid.


31 August 2011

What can we do, collectively and individually, in response to the famine in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, which has been called “the most severe food security emergency in the world today”? (..) Andrew Meldrum of GlobalPost provides a handy list of organisations to which we can all donate to help get resources flowing: “The United Nations’ World Food Programme and the High Commission for Refugees are doing extensive work on the ground. International charities are also providing food, medicine and other care.


31 August 2011

UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that relief groups should increase aid to war-battered and drought-hit Somalis to reduce the exodus to neighbouring countries. (..) UN refugee agency workers were distributing tents, utensils and beddings, while the UN children agency and the World Food Programme provided food.


31 August 2011

Most of this food (315 metric tons) is a French in-kind contribution that will help WFP to feed 22,600 people for one month. It consists of wheat flour, sugar, rice and vegetable oil and is intended for distribution in Somalia, where WFP is providing vital food assistance to people affected by the drought and famine.


29 August 2011

(..) "China is increasingly central to international disaster response and humanitarian efforts," said Terri Toyota, director of Government Donor Relations at the World Food Program (WFP). She said China, a recipient of WFP programs, has now become a donor nation playing a vital role in reducing poverty and hunger beyond its borders. "As China continues to make giant strides addressing its own development challenges, it demonstrates 'benevolence beyond its borders', a genuine concern for those less fortunate."


29 August 2011

An aid organization will soon pay for donkeys to carry supplies in Dadaab, Kenya, hoping it will make a big difference to people who trekked to the world's biggest refugee camp for food, water and shelter. (..) "For me, it's a picture of desperation," said Lydia Wamala, the World Food Program spokeswoman in Dadaab. "The last figure that I saw for acute malnutrition was about 30 per cent, on average, all over Dadaab — and that is two times above the emergency threshold, which is 15 per cent."


29 August 2011

Yesterday, I went to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with a delegation including longtime ONE supporters Cindy McCain, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and musician K'naan. (..) Aid workers, including those from the World Food Program, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), CARE, Oxfam and others are doing heroic work in the most challenging situation.


29 August 2011

(..) The Norwegian government continued its donations to UN agencies to help them fight hunger. Dena Gudaitis of the UN World Food Programme says, “WFP is incredibly grateful to Norway for providing a generous and flexible contribution to WFP on a yearly basis for our overall relief operations. This year, WFP has allocated US$ 5 million from Norway funding to operations in Kenya and Ethiopia.”