Hunger in the news

4 July 2011

Tanzania is staring at a food crisis in the coming months as it emerges that tonnes of food are being smuggled out to drought-stricken countries in the region despite falling harvests. (..) Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Programme, said the food crisis in East Africa has left an estimated 14 million people struggling to survive due to widespread poor and erratic rainfall, combined with rising food prices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.

29 June 2011

Refugees living in Tanzanian camps have received a big boost from the government of Japan after it donated 370 metric tonnes of relief food valued at USD2m (..). The event attracted several dignitaries including Home Affairs ministry permanent secretary Mbarak Abdul Wakil and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) representative and country director Ronald Sibanda.

13 June 2011

The United States will invest nearly $70 million in agricultural development and food security in Tanzania. (..) Tanzanian Prime Minster Mizengo Pinda announced that his government was committed to create a high-level nutrition steering committee led by him and including development partners and the civil society of Tanzania, such as (..) the World Food Program.

20 May 2011

The World Food Programme (WFP) Tanzania has expanded its school meals programme threefold since last year, and now the number of primary schoolchildren receiving meals has reached 640,000 from 600,000 the previous year. Speaking to 'The Guardian' yesterday in Dar es Salaam, WFP head of programme Hae-Won Park said the expansion was a results of contributions received from donors and the people of Tanzania. “WFP is grateful for the contributions since without them the school-feeding programme would not be sustainable for a number of years,” she said.

13 May 2011

THE Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has recorded outstanding improvement in school enrollment, attendance and overall students' performance for the past 10 years, thanks to its school meal programme. "The ministry has been working with the World Food Programme to provide nutritious meals to our most vulnerable children for over 10 years and we are happy to note that they are making a big impact to pupils while creating a market for farmers," (..).

6 May 2011

World Food Programme (WFP) end-hunger Ambassador Reginald Mengi has said nations cannot succeed in poverty alleviation without waging a concerted fight against hunger. Speaking yesterday at the launch of `Walk the World 2011` in Dar es Salaam, Mengi said statistics indicated that one in seven children in Tanzania goes to bed hungry every night while a lot of food is thrown away because people cannot finish a plate of meal due to obesity.

18 February 2011

Since November, East African countries have registered serious drought conditions that are likely to worsen in coming months. (..) The assistant minister in the Kenyan Ministry of State for Special Programmes, Mahmoud Ali, was also at the event and stressed that the government was providing food assistance to one million Kenyans while the World Food Programme (WFP) was distributing food to another 1.6 million people.

24 November 2010

Feeding programmes, as has been proven over the years, are a great way to keep the young people from poor families, especially in the rural areas, in school. With the pangs of hunger silenced, the pupils concentrate in class and perform better in national examinations, easing their transition to the next stage. For a long time, donors, particularly the World Food Programme (WFP), have been the key players in this. However, the programme is only active in a few districts. Also, local communities contribute little, leaving the burden to donors.

2 October 2010

Close to 200,000 pupils attending about 400 primary schools in six districts of Arusha and Manyara regions now enjoy midday meals courtesy of the World Food Program's 'Food for Education' initiative. Canada and Ireland on the other hand have both pledged to continue supporting school feeding programs that currently benefit thousands of children in drought stricken areas of Tanzania.

22 December 2009

"The value of land has appreciated because of its productivity following successful implementation of this project," Mr Lugendo said while briefing the United States ambassador to United Nations Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, recently. Under the World Food Programme and International Fund for Agriculture Development implemented PIDP, over 915 acres of land are under cultivation. Funding for the project which includes USD 3.56 million (approx. 4.46bn/-) food for asset WFP support came from the US government, Irish Aid and other donors.