Hunger in the news

12 November 2010

The Executive Board of World Food Programme (WFP) today (11-11-2010) approved the protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) for Sri Lanka entitled “Supporting Relief and Early Recovery in Former Conflict-Affected Areas”. The total cost of the operation is US $ 39,755,501.

9 November 2010

“We need your assistance to further develop the north and we hope that you would continue to assist us in the future as well,” Economic Minister Basil Rajapaksa told the heads of international and local NGOs and the country representatives of the United Nations Development programme, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization and the World Food Programme, at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

26 October 2010

Tens of thousands of war widows cannot be reached due to a lack of funds, say officials, despite efforts to help them adjust to life after the conflict in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. (..) A recent World Food Programme food security assessment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living with host families in the northern Jaffna District showed most of them depended on food rations.

12 October 2010

More private investment, especially in agriculture, is urgently needed in Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone in the north to lift the local population out of dependence, say experts. (..)“I used the money to start this [fruit stand] because there was nothing else to do,” Thangavel Gowrinathan, a young fruit vendor from Darmapuram in the far-north district of Kilinochchi. He said if he used the all of the grant to set up a shelter, he and his family of three could starve - if assistance provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) and other donors ended.

9 September 2010

Fifteen months after the end of fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tigers, women in the north are taking up a new and challenging role as breadwinners - with more and more becoming day labourers to support their families. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided returning families with six-month food packages, but because many households have been unable to access their land and "resume normal activities", they have given returnees three additional months of food support.

28 July 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) has agreed to increase the amount of food rations they provide to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the North and East, Deputy Minister of Resettlement Vinayagamoorthy Muralidaran said yesterday.

20 June 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially reopened an office in the key northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi, two years after it was destroyed during heavy fighting in the country’s protracted civil war. “Much of the 7.5-acre office site had been destroyed following heavy aerial and ground bombardment,” WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told journalists in Geneva referring to the September 2008 closure because of clashes between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

17 June 2010

With thousands of war-affected civilians still without livelihood and an economy reeling from the aftermath of a decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka's northern region, plans should be in place to revive local economies and jobs, said a top United Nations official. (..) Each returning family gets 25,000 rupees from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and food rations for six months from the World Food Program.

9 June 2010

A Nutrition and Food Security Survey report was released yesterday as part of a joint effort with the Health Ministry, UNICEF and WFP. This is the first survey to assess the underlying causes of malnutrition in Sri Lanka and the related impact of the increase in global food prices. The UNICEF and WFP funded survey revealed that there are significant disparities between different regions of the country.

3 June 2010

The Sri Lankan government has issued a new deadline to resettle tens of thousands of conflict-displaced still living in camps. (..) Under the World Food Programme (WFP), IDPs are provided with food relief for six months from the date of return, while UNHCR provides a shelter grant of US$220 paid in two instalments.