Hunger in the news

21 August 2011

THE World Food Programme (WFP) is to construct six stores in Lango sub-region to help farmers keep their produce and sell together as a group to medium scale buyers.

16 August 2011

The Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda is often associated with chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty, but the area is unlikely to suffer a food crisis in the coming months, officials and aid workers said. "We don't have any indicators that anything extraordinary will happen soon," Hakan Tongul, deputy head of WFP in Uganda, said. "The rains were late and the people experienced a lean season in June-July, but there is no evidence that anything is abnormal."

19 July 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has constructed 30 community stores and a central warehouse in the last year in Uganda aimed at improving market infrastructure and boosting earnings of smallholder grain farmers.

17 July 2011

As appeals continue for the drought in East Africa, aid agencies' eyes are on a region in nearby Uganda which is the focus of a global experiment in aid. In the past year, the UN's World Food Programme has begun a project to try to end aid dependency in Karamoja and make the 1.2 million there people self-sufficient.

13 July 2011

The World Food Programme is appealing for urgent funding to help feed refugees flocking to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa area. (..) One person who has seen with his own eyes the suffering caused by this drought crisis is David Orr, a spokesperson for the WFP.

13 July 2011

Over 11 million Africans face drought Updated: 19:04, Wednesday July 13, 2011 More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are confronting the worst drought in decades and need urgent assistance to stay alive, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.(..) The World Food Program said on Tuesday it was urgently scaling up food deliveries. But Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the agency must come up with $US189 ($A179) million more in donations to cover the $US477 million ($A452 million) that it needs to meet needs in the region.

13 July 2011

Australia will give $11.2 million in food aid to countries in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. (..) Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said Australia would give $11.2 million to organisations such as the World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to help meet urgent needs.

12 July 2011

Isaac Khisa Food prices across the east African region are likely to remain high due to low production resulting from low rainfall and high fuel prices, United States Agency for International Development says. (..) The British government also announced that it was giving £38 million emergency food aid to Ethiopia, following a warning from Josette Sheeran, the World Food Programme executive director that “desperate hunger” loomed across the Horn, “threatening the lives of millions”.

12 July 2011

The British public has so far donated £9m to an appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella group of British charities, for people experiencing severe food shortages in east Africa. (..) The FSNA, started by the World Food Programme and funded by USAid, uses an integrated phase classification (IPC) five-point scale, ranging from "generally food secure" (1) to "catastrophe/famine" (5).

12 July 2011

The international community needs take immediate action to avert a food crisis in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. expert said. (..) The U.N. World Food Program said there is an evolving hunger crisis in the region brought on by lingering drought.