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12 July 2011

The World Food Program said Tuesday it was urgently scaling up food deliveries. But WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the agency must come up with $189 million more in donations to cover the $477 million that it needs to meet needs in the region known as the Horn of Africa.


12 July 2011

(..) The appeal from the World Food Programme (WFP) came as the Rome-based UN agency is scaling up the delivery in the region of highly fortified, supplementary food products especially targeting children below the age of three.


12 July 2011

The U.N. World Food Program says it is stepping up efforts to help the most vulnerable victims of drought in the Horn of Africa. World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran says the agency is increasing its delivery of food to millions of people left hungry by the severe drought in the Horn of Africa.


11 July 2011

For months aid agencies, governments and experts have been warning of the threat of a drought in the Horn of Africa. Now with millions affected, relief agencies and aid departments are attempting to raise money and provide assistance on the ground. With warning systems apparently failing, Think Africa Press asks five experts what are the main drivers of food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, and what can be done to bring about greater food security in the region?

 


11 July 2011

Four-year-old Hussein Musa sits propped against his mother in a thatch-roofed hut, in a section cordoned off under a scorching sun to mark those with the worst symptoms. (..) Across the Horn of Africa, a fierce drought is forcing more than 10 million people to rely on emergency food aid, up from a previous forecast of six million, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.


10 July 2011

Some 60 babies are dying each day in one camp. (..) The British government has pledged £38m to the World Food Programme (enough to feed 1.3 million people for three months), and the European Commission has said it is sending $8m (£4.8m) in emergency funding to Dadaab, having already contributed nearly $100m to the drought crisis this year.


9 July 2011

East Africa is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 60 years, with as many as 10 million people at risk. (..) Rainfall in the Horn of Africa has declined steadily over the past 10 years, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), but recent years have been especially dry.


9 July 2011

it is more like a city than a refugee camp. (..) Beyond the fences of the camp, the drought has ravaged many more lives – an estimated 10 million people will need food assistance, according to the UN World Food Programme. But not everybody has been enthusiastic about this weekend's appeal for funds by the Disasters Emergency Committee.


8 July 2011

Every day 1,000 Somalis stream across the Kenyan border to Dadaab, which is full to bursting with 367,000 people and already constitutes the largest refugee settlement in the world. (..) Would that other donors gave as much, even if that sum may only fund the World Food Programme operation in the country until September.


8 July 2011

Food and relief agencies are appealing to the international community to provide political and financial support to combat a devastating drought gripping five countries in the Horn of Africa. The Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program and the Oxfam aid organization issued a joint appeal Friday for assistance in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.