Hunger in the news

6 September 2010

Food security in many parts of Southern Sudan is set to improve after good rains, according to recent crop and precipitation assessments. Some 2.4 million people in Southern Sudan received aid from the UN World Food Programme in June, during the lean season between harvests.

1 August 2010

Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) has suspended medical care in a violent part of Sudan's war-torn south after three separate attacks on its staff, the aid group said in a statement on Saturday. (..) The World Food Programme estimates almost half the population in Sudan's south are short of food after a long dry season and as the seasonal rains begin to fall, flash flooding has left 10,000 people homeless in Jonglei state.

27 July 2010

Heavy rain in southern Sudan’s Jonglei state has caused floods that have killed two people and destroyed more than 130 homes during the past 10 days (..). The most affected area is Akobo county, where three schools badly damaged by the floods are in urgent need of reconstruction and two others will require renovation, according to a situation report issued yesterday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its aid partners.

8 July 2010

The World Food Program (WFP) has said it will preposition up to eighty thousand (80,000) tons of food in all the ten states of Southern Sudan which can feed about half of the population in the region for six months. This was declared on Wednesday in a meeting between the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and the head of the World Food Program in the region, Amer Daoudi.

24 June 2010

Worsening security in Sudan's Darfur region is forcing aid agencies to cut or suspend some relief programmes, the United Nations said on Thursday. (..)The U.N.'s World Food Programme this month said more than 400,000 Darfuris might miss out on food aid in June because aid convoys were struggling to get to them.

8 June 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) has received a €46 million boost to address humanitarian needs in Sudan, courtesy of a European Commission meeting held in Rome, Italy yesterday.

1 June 2010

Angus McKenzie looks at it like this. “People are dying,” he says. “They need food, and we can grow it. It’s pretty simple.” (..) But this year, after two years of effort, the Canadians produced their first harvest: 8,000 kilograms of sorghum, which they distributed to local villagers and other hungry Sudanese through the World Food Program, the food agency of the United Nations.

17 May 2010

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inaugurated a $55 million program in the semi-autonomous region of South Sudan aimed at helping farmers there to develop their agricultural potential. Last month, the World Food Program (WFP) warned that South Sudan is facing a major food crisis that could lead to a “free fall” impacting 4.3 million people living off assistance.

20 April 2010

School meals, which fight child hunger and boost education, may soon begin to vanish in Sudan. Huge funding shortfalls for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are threatening all its operations in Sudan, including school feeding.(..)Marian Yun of WFP told me that "the Sudan operation is facing major shortfalls that might prohibit this expansion as planned. We are in the process of re-prioritizing what we can do given the funding we have so far received, which is sufficient to take us through until August when we run out of food and resources."

19 April 2010

The top UN official in south Sudan warned on Friday that the impoverished region faced a major food crisis that could lead to "free fall," with half of its residents relying on aid this year.(..)The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned 60,000 tonnes of food all over the states which are in trouble before seasonal rains which could hamper deliveries in the region, Grande said.