Hunger in the news

26 May 2010

Despite the conclusion of the war against the LTTE last May, during which Sri Lanka had to rely heavily on the World Food Programme to feed the war displaced, the UN agency is still engaged in food relief operations.(..)Ilona Milner of the WFP, Colombo says tackling malnutrition among Sri Lankan children will remain a key priority. She asserts that with the end of the conflict, they’ll shift their attention to areas where they can make a difference and towards this objective, the UN agency will closely work with the Sri Lankan government.

22 May 2010

United Nations agencies are supporting the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to provide relief to an estimated half a million people affected by floods in the South Asian island country following a week of torrential rainfall that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people. The UN World Food Programme will provide food for 400,000 of the affected people to supplement rations being distributed by the Sri Lankan Government, according to a situation report jointly prepared by the country"s Disaster Management Centre and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and issued yesterday.

19 May 2010

The government has allocated Rs.18 million to provide cooked meals for 277,000 persons affected by the heavy rains that has lashed the country for the past few days. The government will seek assistance from the World Food Programme for this.

14 May 2010

Allow me to congratulate your newspaper for its very timely editorial, 'Ensuring Food Security' on May 10, which acknowledges the importance of consolidating national food security and nutritional gains already made in Sri Lanka. Globally, today there are over one billion hungry people - a record number. One out of every six people on earth wakes up every morning not knowing whether they will have enough food to eat throughout the day. Food insecurity is a complex phenomenon involving issues of food availability, access and utilization and has to be addressed in a holistic manner.

26 April 2010

Nearly 2,300 people or more than 600 families had financially benefited from the prevention of environmental degradation with initial support of the United Nations Development (UNDP) which is being continued under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programmed (SGP) in Naula in the Matale District.(..)She also said that with the support of the World Food Programme they have provided 70 water pumps from the Jinasena Group where farmers are given three years time to repay in installments.

19 April 2010

Anaemia or iron deficiency which leaves a child pale and weak has been found to be rampant with one in every four children (25 per cent ) falling victim, according to a recent survey.(..)The survey had been conducted in collaboration with UNICEF and the World Food Programme in 2009 in nine districts, one each from every province, to get a national representative sample.

30 December 2009

Squatting under an umbrella bearing an EU logo, a woman in a faded sari dips into her blue UNICEF bag and pulls out two towels, some toothbrushes and toothpaste, sanitary napkins and a small bottle of disinfectant.(..)Another woman clambers from a bus lugging a sack of flour donated by the World Food Programme.

14 December 2009

Denmark government has extended financial assistance of Rs 4.6 million (USD60,000) to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday to help feed more than 85,000 Bhutanese refugees who have been living in camps in Eastern Nepal over the last 18 years.

13 December 2009

Rishard Badurdeen, Sri Lanka's resettlement minister, said refugees do get support from the government and charities. Refugees being resettled in the north, swathes of which were flattened during the final battles, get tin sheets from India to help rebuild their homes, 25,000 rupees ($219) in cash from UNHCR and six months of dry rations from the World Food Program, said Badurdeen.

5 December 2009

All returnees, including the final 130,000 released on Tuesday, are technically offered an immediate resettlement package, which includes a World Food Programme ration card, the first of two $220 (£133) handouts and essential non-food items such as blankets.