Hunger in the news

4 January 2012

A UN official based in South Sudan on Tuesday told reporters here that there are many people in need of humanitarian aid after an incursion of Lou Nuer fighters into Pibor, a town in South Sudan's Jonglei state. (..) "The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) flew in the first food and distributed it to the most highly vulnerable," said Lise Grande who is UN deputy special representative of the secretary-general and resident and humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan. "In this case it was unaccompanied children and orphan children. Already today food has gotten to them, and in the course of the next week WFP is going to be providing additional support."

30 December 2011

The World Food Program reports it is scaling up its humanitarian operation in South Sudan next year to support 2.7 million people affected by hunger and conflict. WFP says crop failure brought about by little and erratic rainfall this year is worsening food insecurity in this newly independent country. War is raging along the border between South Sudan and Sudan, its northern neighbor.   This is adding to the misery already felt by the nearly eight million people living in this newly independent state. 

22 December 2011

WFP said it would scale up its operation to support 2.7 million hungry and conflict-affected people in 2012. Assistance will include providing highly fortified supplementary foods to more than 500,000 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. In addition to emergency assistance, WFP will help communities and families become more self-sufficient and productive through food-for-assets activities, while laying the groundwork for other projects to build longer-term resilience.

19 December 2011

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, indicated that America would partner with the private sector to help supply advanced seeds and other technologies to boost farmers' yields in South Sudan, which she said was in need of "intensive care" from the international community. (..) However, aid agencies cautioned that the excitement about investment opportunities should not overshadow the country's immediate humanitarian needs. (..) WFP's South Sudan director, Chris Nikoi, said: "A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption. Food prices have already doubled or tripled in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of young children vulnerable to malnutrition at a key developmental stage of their young lives."

16 December 2011

Around 2.7 million people in South Sudan will require food aid from next year with crop failures and violence hitting Africa's newest nation hard, the United Nations said on Thursday. (..) "A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption," WFP country director Chris Nikoi said in a statement. Resources are being stretched further by people displaced by violence and an influx of 350,000 South Sudanese returning home following independence in July, according to the WFP.

14 November 2011

The presidents of Sudan and the new nation of South Sudan are both predicting the possibility of a new war in an oil-rich region that has seen a spike in cross-border attacks. (..) The World Food Program also suspended activities in the Yida refugee camp – home to more than 20,000 refugees – after two bombs from Sudanese aircraft fell in the camp and three outside of it.

16 October 2011

The World Food Programme of the United Nations on Sunday pledged humanitarian support to the government of the newly born Republic of South Sudan, saying it will continue to support efforts aiming at improving food security and rural infrastructure for its citizens.

28 September 2011

(..) In Blue Nile the UN’s World Food Program is desperate to get food supplies in to hundreds of thousands of people either displaced or food insecure. Khartoum’s denial has been adamant. Human mortality will soon skyrocket.

27 September 2011

(..) The joint appeal by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and their partner agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is intended to help up to 35,000 refugees.

27 September 2011

This year, World Food Programme (WFP) has fed 1.8 million vulnerable people with 62,000MT of food, while late harvests prolonged the usual May-to-August hunger season by a month. But with a 13,500MT food shortfall, WFP is concerned about rising food insecurity as fuel and commodity prices rocket.