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28 August 2011

Development Seed recently launched horn.wfp.org, a mapping tool that visualizes one of the worst famines in recent history that's unfolding in the Horn of Africa. We did this project in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the food aid arm of the United Nations, to leverage data from the humanitarian community to better communicate about the story behind the crisis and relief efforts to the wider public.


27 August 2011

It still works. Western military intervention—no matter how halfhearted and apparently ineffectual—is still sufficient to tip the balance against a rogue regime. (..) Above all, I was worrying about Somalia, where Josette Sheeran of the World Food Program warns that 2 million people could die because the Islamist militants known as Al-Shabab are preventing the distribution of emergency food supplies to the famine-stricken south of the country.


27 August 2011

(..) INTERVIEW WITH DENA GUDAITIS Mongabay: What is the WFP's background? Dena Gudaitis: The World Food Program is the largest humanitarian agency in the world, currently operating in some 70 countries aiming to feed 90 million people annually. You can find a lot of information on our website: including photos, video, beneficiary stories, docs, etc.


26 August 2011

(..) The U.N. World Food Program estimated in late July that about 12 million people across the region would require food aid, including 2.8 million in Somalia alone. It is thought that the crisis will worsen through August and September, and that aid will be required at least through December.


26 August 2011

Nancy Lindborg is the head of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development. (..) We remain cautiously optimistic that access will be negotiated. And we’re learning that [al-Shabab] is not monolithic — there are different ways and systems where assistance can reach southern Somalia. But this is still one of the most insecure operating environments on the planet right now. Fourteen World Food Program workers were killed in 2008 just before the group was banned by al-Shabab.


25 August 2011

Former President Jerry John Rawlings is expected to join hands with 11 year old Ghanaian School boy Master Andrew Adansi-Bonnah's to raise funds to save women and children from hunger in Somalia. (..) The Programme is supported by UNICEF Ghana, World Food Programme Ghana, the Country Awards Council (..).


25 August 2011

The drought in the Horn of Africa is affecting 12.4 million people, according to the United Nations, which says that the continent is facing its most serious food crisis since the famine in Somalia in 1991-1992. Here is a timeline of the crisis" (..) JULY: (..) 27: The World Food Programme begins airlifting emergency supplies to Mogadishu.


24 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.
 


24 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.


24 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;(..).