Hunger in the news

24 September 2009

THE number of people dependent on hand-outs in the country has doubled in some areas amid reports of persistent crop failure and adverse effects of climate change. (..) FAO�s warning comes at a time when the World Food Programme says it is currently $4.1b short of its 2009 budget, which risks affecting its programmes in Uganda and East Africa.

23 September 2009

News that the World Food Programme (WFP) is suffering a serious shortfall in funding could not have come at a worse time for millions of people in east Africa. (..) Speaking to Marcus Prior, the WFP's spokesman for east and central Africa, the challenges facing the organisation seem immense.

17 September 2009

Rwandan refugees in various refugee settlements in western Uganda will not be allocated land for cultivation (..) Upon arrival at settlement camps, each refugee family or individual is supposed to be allocated 50 by 100 metres of land for setting up shelter and cultivation to supplement the small monthly food rations supplied by the World Food Programme.

13 September 2009

As the world continues to debate the effects of climate change and adaptation measures, Uganda is embarking on local solutions to beat the effects that have left 3.5 million people on the verge of starvation. Over 90 percent of the population in this semi arid area depends on relief food supplied by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the government.

8 September 2009

Ugandan soldiers have taken their fight against the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) into the Central African Republic (CAR), the army has confirmed. (..) Earlier this month the World Food Programme said it had provided food aid to 60,000 people fleeing LRA attacks this year.

1 September 2009

The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday it was delivering food aid to more than a million people in northern Uganda following failed rains. More than 2 million people were driven from their homes in the north by more than two decades of civil war.

31 August 2009

Uganda has banned the export of bananas, corn and cereals to regional markets in a bid to ease the worsening food shortage in the country caused by a long drought early this year (..). months of drought early this year triggered massive crop failures across the country and up to 2 million people are in need of relief aid, according to the U.N. World Food Program.

23 August 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) has committed US$2 million (UShs4 billion) to strengthening agricultural marketing systems in Uganda.
Under their new programme 'Purchase for Progress,' WFP aims at connecting farmers to sustainable markets to enable them sell their food to large-scale buyers like WFP. The programme, to start in September, will begin from Kapchorwa district in eastern Uganda and then roll out to Masindi and Hoima in western Uganda. The programme will also be carried out in Teso, Lango, Acholi, and Karamoja sub-regions.

12 August 2009

The UK yesterday announced a donation of sh20b to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support emergency operations in Karamoja. (..) WFP country director Stanlake Samkange said the money would sustain the emergency operations for only another month.

10 August 2009

Suppliers of the World Food Programme (WFP) will be paid on time starting this season, the deputy executive director has said. “Over 60% of the food providers are women. Given their status in society, we should not delay (to pay them) because they are also providers for the family,” Sheila Sisulu said.