Hunger in the news

5 October 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly appealed to Al-Shabab to allow food aid into famine-affected parts of Somalia under its control. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) suspended its operations in the south when one of its warehouses was ransacked and its food stocks burnt.

5 October 2011

Australians have been urged to dig deep for Africa, with the government pledging to match every dollar donated to Horn of Africa appeals. (..) He described working with United Nations World Food Program operators to go through rows of people, plucking out children who "may not have lasted much longer" and giving them emergency "plumpy'nut" food supplies to help them survive.

4 October 2011

It is early summer in the year 2011, yet it feels like 1992 to the oldest residents of Somalia. (..) So far, the UN's World Food Programme, Oxfam, the Red Cross, UNICEF and several other humanitarian organizations have taken the first steps toward helping the Somali refugees in Kenya and those who are still in Somalia. But there is always more that can be done. And here at Brown, we can do our part.

3 October 2011

(..) Second, PepsiCo announced a new initiative aiming to increase its supply of chickpeas and expanding production of the crop in Ethiopia. Of course, that announcement will make no difference to the people suffering now, but the company's partners, the World Food Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development, say the project has the potential to reduce famine in Africa over the long term.

29 September 2011

Almost four months into the Horn of Africa crisis, aid agencies are involved in much soul-searching as to whether they could have responded more quickly to the drought and famine. (..) After all, relief agencies such as the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) had been sounding the alarm since November 2010. In fact, Caroline Hurford, head of the WFP's liaison office in London, pointed out that her boss, Josette Sheeran - no slouch as a communicator - had been in Mogadishu, Somalia, with media in tow, in April, to draw attention to the impending emergency.

28 September 2011

Aid agencies are racing to save people from starvation in Somalia. UNICEF says that a child dies every 6 minutes in the famine-ravaged country. Severe drought in East Africa, coupled with the conflict in Somalia, has produced one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in decades.

28 September 2011

The United Nations says emergency food aid has reached about 1.85 million Somalis, nearly half of the people in need in the drought-stricken African nation. (..)Meanwhile, the World Food Program says it has expanded its popular online "Free Rice" fundraising program to speakers of French and Italian. For every correct vocabulary question answered on the website, players earn 10 grains of rice, which are donated to the WFP and paid for by online advertisers.

27 September 2011

Top football stars Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane are all set to play in the ninth edition of an annual match against poverty Dec 13 in Hamburg, with most of the proceeds going towards addressing food crisis in the Horn of Africa, a UNDP statement released here Tuesday said. The Horn of Africa comprises Somalia, Eriteria, Djibouti and Ethiopia and of these, the first named has been without a functional government for long. The World Food Programme estimates that some 10 million people in the region are in dire need due to famine, drought, conflict and high food prices.

26 September 2011

The photographs are familiar from famines past, but no less chilling for that (..). At the other end of the spectrum, the world’s putative future economic giants have shown less largesse. China has so far made a donation of $16 million to the World Food Program, respectable enough, but far from commensurate with its growing global status.

26 September 2011

(..) Speaking to representatives of more than 50 UN member states, Yang said that China has announced it would give the region emergency grain aid and financial support - worth about $70 million - including a $16 million donation to the World Food Program to support famine-relief operations in Somalia.