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25 August 2011

(..) When World Food Program executive director Josette Sheeran visited hunger sites in Kenya and Somalia last month, she brought along Peter Bakker, the former chief executive of the transportation company TNT and a current U.N. ambassador against hunger. Bakker is helping rally businesses to provide support for those affected by the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.
 


25 August 2011

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that efforts to keep African farmers and pastoralists on their feet, prevent the crisis from worsening and speed progress toward recovery are not being adequately funded. (..) FAO lauded the African Union for convening the conference and encouraged African Union members and other African nations to boost investment in agriculture and play a leadership role in responding to the crisis, and pledged the support of the FAO-WFP led Food Security Cluster in helping coordinate the response.


25 August 2011

Somalia has had no functioning government since January 1991, when former President Siyad Barre was ousted. (..) January 2010: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) withdraws from areas under the control of Al-Shabab, most of southern and central Somalia, after threats from the group;(..).


24 August 2011

Once again a desperate humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa has caught the attention of the world at large. (..) The funds to be raised by the African Union will be used to fill emergency funding gap through operational partners such as UNHCR and WFP, while the longer term mitigation programme at the regional level will be carried out through FAO and WFP.


24 August 2011

African Union officials say they hope to raise hundreds of millions of dollars at an international pledging conference for victims of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. (..) But WFP East Africa regional director Stanlake Samkange said even in Mogadishu, which was cleared of al-Shabab fighters nearly three weeks ago, Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government is unable to provide security for food deliveries to a quarter of a million people living in makeshift camps.


24 August 2011

As I write, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to worsen. (..) Kenya currently has about 447,000 refugees in Dadaab with 1,500 new arrivals every day. These are not refugees of war as we more often see, but rather they are refugees of famine as they have been described by the World Food Program.


24 August 2011

The Saudi National Campaign for the Relief of the Somali People announced that it has raised $54m in relief funding for the people suffering from famine in Somalia (..)The relief funds will be distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and, according to the organization, donations will be used to feed Somali children suffering from malnutrition.


24 August 2011

Singer and philanthropist Jack Johnson has reached out to Africa Famine Relief and donated $30,000. The famine crisis affects Africans daily and Johnson has pledged $10,000 to three organizations: UNICEF, Save the Children and the World Food Programme. Each charity work to raise relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.


23 August 2011

European Union’s top foreign affairs representative Catherine Ashton, has praised the EU Naval Task force (EUNAFOR), which has been battling piracy off the coast of Somalia.(..) Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, the Operations Commander, received the visiting delegation and led a series of briefings, which focussed on the continually evolving EU operation and highlighted the 100 per cent success of escorting World Food Programme ships with food-aid for Somalia.


23 August 2011

(..) Others came across Muslim organizations distributing dates. When they arrived in Dobley, a town between the Kenyan and Somali border near Liboi, they received boxes of biscuits from the UN World Food Programme, which helped them on the last leg of the 20km journey to Liboi.