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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.


27 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.


26 September 2011

On September 23, 2011 at the United Nations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced approximately $42 million in additional humanitarian assistance which includes an additional $30 million for Somalia. (..) Part of our humanitarian assistance benefits those in need of food assistance and allows our food aid partners, including the UN World Food Program (WFP), to expand geographic coverage and scale up feeding programs in drought-affected areas in Ethiopia and Kenya.


26 September 2011

Donations from Ireland for the drought-stricken region of East Africa continue to rise according to aid agencies. (..) The UN World Food Programme recently highlighted the link between food insecurity and conflict.


24 September 2011

The World Food Program is moving to address hunger among the most vulnerable in famine-ravaged Horn of Africa — young children and their mothers, the U.N. food chief said Friday. World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran told The Associated Press that the agency is concentrating especially on children 2 years old and younger, airlifting into the region 244 metric tons of a highly fortified peanut butter-like food paste made from nuts.


22 September 2011

Hundreds of displaced families taking refuge from the drought in a town on the Kenya-Somalia border have been forced to flee fighting between forces loyal to the Somali administration and Al-Shabab insurgents, said locals. (..) Dheere said the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had provided food rations to some of the people "but only to those that could be reached".


21 September 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged al-Shabaab, the Islamist militant group that controls parts of drought-stricken Somalia, to allow food aid into the south, where 300,000 children may starve to death. (..) The situation in Somalia will probably get worse before it improves as the effects of drought and famine spread in the region, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, said in an interview in New York yesterday.


21 September 2011

Severely malnourished child from southern Somalia is being held in a makeshift shelter in a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The United Nations World Food Programme is bolstering its nutritional support for malnourished children and mothers in the Horn of Africa. WFP is also expanding its use of cash transfers to help drought-hit families get the food they need [Photo capture].