Hunger in the news

14 February 2013

Up to 10 million people across the Sahel region are at risk of food insecurity in 2013 and 1 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations. The U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, David Gressly, talks to AlertNet about preventing malnutrition, building resilience and other priorities for the region this year. He says getting the money for these activities is likely to be a challenge – without a drought being the rallying point for raising funds.

21 December 2012

Despite good rains across much of the Sahel this year, 1.4 million children are expected to be malnourished - up from one million in 2012, according to the 2013 Sahel regional strategy. (..) But humanitarians worry of donor fatigue and many are concerned possible military intervention in Mali will distract donors from the chronic food insecurity and malnutrition crises in the region. (..) Alain Cordeil, head of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Mauritania, voiced his fears. “If we only have political interest from donors for refugees, we will not solve the problems for this region…This could be very chaotic,” he told IRIN.

10 December 2012

Addressing a meeting at the FAO headquarters in Rome – attended by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Sahel, Romano Prodi, and other senior UN officials and mediators dealing directly with the Sahel crisis – FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, noted that the relation between food insecurity, hunger and the dispute over natural resources and conflicts was particularly evident in the Sahel.

20 November 2012

As this year's emergency winds down, the question on aid workers' minds is, "How can the Sahel break from its recurring cycle of food crises?" U.N. Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, David Gressly, said now is the time to end chronic food insecurity. Aid agencies say they are working to build the "resilience" of the most vulnerable communities, but more needs to be done. (..) Aid agencies also say that prevention is cheaper than treatment.

17 September 2012

An active monsoon and above normal temperatures triggered heavy downpours and flash floods during this year’s rainy season across West Africa and the Sahel, killing hundreds of people, displacing hundreds of thousands more and devastating farms in some of the countries already hit by a severe drought and acute food shortages.

17 September 2012

The growing regularity of droughts across the Sahel region has left millions in need of emergency food assistance, the UN humanitarian food agency announced today, while also warning that malnutrition was still rampant in Senegal, Chad, Niger and Mauritania. A spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Elisabeth Byrs, told reporters in Geneva that the UN agency already assisted six million people in the Sahel during the month of July – but cautioned that humanitarian needs still remained “huge” ahead of the October harvest.

16 April 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) in a bid to strengthen the capacities of Government to takeover the Food For Education (FFE) project and reduce hunger, recently conducted a countrywide 22-day training of head teachers, cooks, students, community members and cluster monitors in 335 schools countrywide.

20 January 2010

A delegation from TNT, a global express logistics and mail company, recently came to The Gambia on a working visit to strengthen its partnership with WFP The Gambia.(..)Through WFP's School Feeding Programme (SFP) over 115,000 children in 463 schools have benefitted from these funds.

31 December 2009

The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, yesterday presided at the signing of a contribution agreement for 2.64 million euros (equivalent to about D100 million) between the EU and WFP to foster the realisation of food security in The Gambia.(..)Mr Kolley further noted that part of the funds allocated have been earmarked for supporting the implementation of an ongoing project of the WFP and for the creation of a Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping, which is in line with the government's identification of the key necessary actions in the sector.(..)Malcolm Robert Dutthie WFP Representative in The Gambia also spoke at the ceremony.

18 March 2009

[...] The World Food Programme is helping The Gambia fight hunger with programs like Food for Education. This program, which provides school meals, is one WFP seeks to expand. Malcolm Duthie, WFP director in The Gambia, tells us how critical school feeding is for the country.