Hunger in the news

20 February 2012

A great humanitarian catastrophe and vicious ethnic cleansing is unfolding here in the remote and impoverished region where Sudan and South Sudan come together. (..) While the Sudanese government is trying to suppress an armed rebellion in the Nuba Mountains, it is civilians who bear the brunt of the suffering.

10 February 2012

Last year, around 13 million people in the Horn of Africa needed food aid. Now aid agencies warn failed harvests in the Sahel, the band of desert and scrub that runs south of the Sahara, mean 12 million more people require assistance. (..) The world has more than enough food to feed itself. Redistributing it to those who lack their share is the job of large and well-funded international aid agencies, particularly the World Food Program.

19 January 2012

Half a million people will face an emergency bordering on famine by March if international humanitarian organizations are not allowed into areas of Sudan that are mired in conflict, United States envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman warned Wednesday. (..) Groups like the World Food Programme and UNICEF must be able to work in the border areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, he said. (..) Countless lives have been lost and hundreds of thousands have been displaced, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian crisis, according to rescue officials.

5 January 2012

The top U.N. humanitarian official has visited Sudan to discuss a growing crisis in two southern states where Khartoum has banned foreign aid groups. Valerie Amos says she has reports that food insecurity and malnutrition have reached "alarming" levels in parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. (..) Amos said refugees who have fled to South Sudan and Ethiopia report the humanitarian situation is especially bad in areas held by the rebel SPLM-North group.

4 January 2012

Like other oil-rich, water-poor Gulf states, Qatar has been investing in large areas of farmland overseas to ensure access to food supplies. The agricultural arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, Hassad Food, has bought land in Sudan and Australia, and has announced plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on agricultural projects in countries including Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Ukraine.

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.

3 November 2011

(..) Around the same time the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) contracted the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) to do the same. The two UN agencies were convinced that demining was the only way to cut the costs of transporting aid into southern Sudan from their bases in Lokichoggio, Kenya.

20 October 2011

Hawa Jundi sat on the ground outside a makeshift shelter where she and her family now live. (..) The bombing raids have driven humanitarian groups out of the area. On the first trip by journalists into rebel-controlled territory on Oct. 6 to 8, reporters saw abandoned compounds formerly occupied by NGOs and U.N. agencies, including the World Food Programme.

19 October 2011

WFP welcomes Brazil and Spain contributions worth US$6 million to provide food for vulnerable people in Sudan

14 October 2011

Sudan’s aerial bombardment of its Blue Nile state has driven thousands of people across the border into Ethiopia, a painful return for many to a refugee existence they thought was over when the Sudanese civil war ended six years ago. (..) “Some of the residents have been trapped in the bushes. We expect that when ground troops advance, more will come to Ethiopia,” said Aziku Santus, head of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) sub-office in western Ethiopia.