Hunger in the news

15 September 2011

As the Friday deadline looms for the Canadian government's promise to match relief dollars for the East African humanitarian crisis, International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda appealed to Canadians to give what they can. (..) Those funds will be distributed through the UN World Food Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for such emergency needs as water, food, sanitation and medical services.

15 September 2011

(..) This time around, the World Food Program and others are still handing out food, but more aid agencies are turning to cash or to food vouchers, enabling hungry people to buy their own supplies, which is intended to encourage private enterprise and not make enemies of Somalia’s powerful businessmen.

14 September 2011

Authorities in Somalia's self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland have given a month's notice to an estimated 80,000 illegal immigrants - mostly Ethiopian - to leave the region. (..) "The ID cards will be given to all IDPs in Puntland; these people will, in particular, get food distribution cards, those for registration, ID cards to enable WFP [World Food Programme] or other aid organizations to count them," said Abdullahi Ahmed Jama, Puntland's Minister for Home Affairs.

13 September 2011

Kuwait and GCC countries have been extremely generous when it came to offering financial support to the famine relief efforts in Somalia, the UN's Undersecretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Valerie Amos said here Tuesday. (..) "With al-Shabaab movement controlling a number of major areas, they banned some aid agencies, like the UN's World Food Programme, from practicing their activities," (..).

12 September 2011

In the East African nation of Somalia, people are dying of hunger. (..) In the first few weeks of his drive, Andrew collected about $6,500 in pledges for the fund he started after consulting with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations’ World Food Program. His father, a teacher, donated his entire July salary of about $500.

9 September 2011

Against the backdrop of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa region, leading food experts have said greater investment in agricultural research, and an increased cooperation among scientists, governments, local enterprises and rural communities are critical to reducing the region's vulnerability to future droughts and extreme weather. (..) One panel included experts from (..) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

9 September 2011

(..) Saints QB Drew Brees is again leading the Saints prolific offense. (..) Brees has partnered with the UN World Food Programme, raising awareness of the plight of millions of starving people in East Africa.

9 September 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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.

8 September 2011

Iran's Roudaki Cultural and Artistic Foundation has organized a photo exhibition to raise funds for the famine-stricken people of Somalia. (..) According to the World Food Program, drought and famine have affected more than 11.8 million people in the Horn of Africa and created a triangle of hunger where the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia meet.

7 September 2011

New Zealand doubles funding for Horn of Africa crisis. (..) "New Zealand's direct support for the ongoing humanitarian crisis now totals close to NZ$6 million, with NZ$2 million committed to World Food Programme and almost NZ$1 million to New Zealand non-government organisations earlier this year."