Hunger in the news

25 September 2011

When President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, he held up the example of South Sudan as the right way to join the world body — through a peace process and an independence vote. (..) "So we are working in every direction, and we are also very, very concerned about humanitarian situation, particularly in Southern Korodofan, but it could also extend to Blue Nile," he says, "urging the government to allow World Food Program or other credible organization in. They haven't done that yet, and that's a big, big priority for us."

23 September 2011

South Sudan faces severe food shortages because the new African nation will produce less than half the food it needs to feed its population this year due to heavy rains and widespread violence, says the United Nations. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was facing a budget shortfall of $21 million, or 13 500 tonnes, to fund food assistance in South Sudan. “We are facing a serious food and budget shortfall which affects our ability to reach all those who need our assistance,” WFP spokeswoman Amor Almagro said.

16 September 2011

More than 8,000 civilians have fled to South Sudan to escape fighting in the state of Southern Kordofan in neighbouring Sudan, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (..) Limited aid has been delivered through a small number of quad bikes – one of the few means of travelling through the area – and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently airdropped food to the region.

8 July 2011

South Sudan becomes the world's newest nation on 9 July, the final step in the six-year Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), a deal that ended the 1983-2005 north-south war. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it helped feed about half the population last year, or some four million people.

6 July 2011

South Sudan will split with the rest of Sudan on Saturday to become the newest nation in the world (..). The recent fighting in Abyei has displaced an estimated 100,000 people, who rely on the World Food Programme for assistance. WFP also had been distributing food to an estimated 900,000 people in the south. Emilia Casella, a spokesperson for WFP, said the food agency welcomes South Sudan's independence.

5 July 2011

North Sudan said on Tuesday it wanted U.N. peacekeepers to leave when the south secedes on July 9, shrugging off international pressure to extend the mission to protect civilians caught up in fresh fighting. (..) North Sudan's Darfur region, the scene of an eight-year insurgency, is monitored by a separate joint U.N./African Union (UNAMID) peacekeeping force that does not have the same deadline. Individual U.N. missions, including UNICEF and the World Food Program would also not be affected.

5 July 2011

Four days before South Sudan becomes independent from the rest of Sudan, the United Nations is preparing for the next phase of its role in the region, both on the ground and at Headquarters in New York with the potential addition of a new Member State. (..) Emilia Casella, a spokesperson for WFP, said the agency welcomed South Sudan’s independence, “as peace is important to maintaining food security.”

4 July 2011

Nyanath Kier’s protective arms cradle her crying baby, who entered the world just days before the south of Africa’s largest country is itself born as a new nation. (..) The UN World Food Programme said it helped to feed about half the population last year, or some four million people.

29 June 2011

During more than two decades of war, the people of southern Sudan relied heavily on food aid brought in by foreign aid agencies. (..) Michelle Iseminger is with the World Food Program. “They are trying to support the WFP in doing an established food strategic grain reserve. So in times of crisis or high food prices, the government then could release food out into the market and/or as free distribution," she said.

27 June 2011

The Security Council today established, for an initial six months, a United Nations peacekeeping force for the area around the Sudanese town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south and has been the scene of renewed fighting in recent weeks. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) and its local partners have distributed food to 42,000 vulnerable people in the area and are prioritizing distributions to locations that are expected to be inaccessible when the rainy season starts.