Hunger in the news

11 December 2009

BIG-hearted Karen Westby says her life has been transformed after visiting a drought-stricken region of Tanzania. (..) Karen was part of a TNT delegation who flew out to Kilimanjaro to support the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to feed and educate impoverished orphans and youngsters.

30 November 2009

A worcester man says his life has been transformed after a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tanzania. Steve Davis, national engineering manager for logistics firm TNT, said he was touched by “the plight, determination and zest for life” of the malnourished children he met in the country. Mr Davis, of Swinton Close, St Johns, was part of a company wide delegation who flew out to Kilimanjaro earlier this month for a seven day trip to support the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), which works to feed and educate impoverished orphans and youngsters.

3 November 2009

The United States will give Tanzania a $37.7 million economic stimulus package to help the poor country weather the impact of the world financial crisis, a senior U.S. treasury official said late on Monday.(..)The U.N.'s World Food Programme will feed students in areas affected by declining prices of exports such as cotton, horticulture, coffee and gemstones.

12 October 2009

Tanzania has embarked on a two-year $20 million environmental rehabilitation programme of former refugee settlements in Kigoma and Kagera regions. (..) The programme, launched in July 2008, is managed by the United Nations Development Programme Tanzania and includes the following UN partners: (..) World Food Programme and the World Health Organisation.

12 August 2009

Twelve women from New York, Aspen and Palm Beach sleeping "under canvas" on the Serengeti, sharing two vehicles, one Ranger and roughly 30 meals. (..) At the Ololosokwan Village they've funded a kitchen at the school, which was needed to have the World Food Programme supply food to the 750 children there.

4 April 2009

Ngorongoro District officials fear possible exodus of people and animals from the area due to the ongoing drought spell that has hit Arusha region. [...] Phillip Marmo (MP), whose Ministerial office oversees the management of disasters nationally, explained that due to the gravity of the situation countrywide it may not be easy for the government to address individual cases. "People should continue observing the procedure we have been using all this long of coordination by the Prime Minister's Office's Disaster Management Department, the Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives ministry and the World Food Programme," he maintained. He said the relief food supplies that the government would dispatch to needy districts would be given for free only to those who are unable to afford even the token price, while others would have to buy them at a subsidised price.

26 March 2009

More than 34,000 households in drought-stricken Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region [of Tanzania] are facing a critical shortage of food and need an emergency supply of at least 9,000 tonnes of cereals. ``We need immediate relief supplies of food for the starving members of the households affected by persistent droughts,`` Ngorongoro District Commissioner Jowika Kasunga told The Guardian here yesterday. [...] Mbulu legislator Philip Marmo, Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs), stated when reached for comment yesterday that there would be no specific modalities of dispatching emergency food aid to Ngorongoro. [...] ``People should continue observing the procedure we have been using all this long of coordination by the PMO’s disaster management department, the Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives ministry and the World Food Programme,`` he added.

3 March 2009

There is a need to integrate and harmonize information on food security matters as a requisite to contain escalating world food crises in Africa and Latin America, participants in a National Policy Dialogue on Managing and Preventing World Food Crisis have said. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Programme Leader, Dr Suresh Babu, told participants in Dar es Salaam today that recent studies in developing countries and Latin America had indicated policy makers and leaders lack sufficient information to gauge the likely effects of global food crises in their countries. [...] A coordinator, Tanzania/Japan Food Aid Counterpart Fund which is under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Dr Wilbald Lorri, said countries like Tanzania need to have a well coordinated and harmonized mechanism on food security matters. He said that all key stakeholders such as National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Tanzania Bureau of Statistics (TBS) and International agencies such as FAO and World food Programme (WFP), should ensure the information gathered in the field is relevant, reliable, consistent and useful.

26 February 2009

Warwickshire express delivery giant TNT has put in another ‘Premier League’ performance after being called on by a prospective parliamentary candidate to deliver hundreds of football shirts to English soccer fans in Rwanda, Africa. [...] Tom Bell, Managing Director, TNT Express Services UK & Ireland, said: “We already have strong links with Africa and are major backers of the United Nations’ World Food Programme’s efforts in Tanzania. Whenever we’re there, we see how much football can unite people from different nations.