Hunger in the news

15 June 2010

The flour, oil and sugar that Yemeni mother of five Fairouz gets as food aid three times a month to turn into porridge to supplement her children’s meagre diet is not nearly enough to feed her hungry brood. But by September, it may be gone. The 36-year-old is among around half a million Yemenis who receive help from the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Arabian peninsula state where efforts to fight persistent hunger are complicated by armed conflict and weak central control.

13 June 2010

President Obama has unveiled the Feed the Future program to attack the global hunger and poverty crisis. For this initiative to succeed, it has to supply children with the foundation for their future — food and education. That is why a UN World Food Programme (WFP) effort to provide take-home rations for school children in Yemen is so critical. WFP had originally planned to provide rations for about 115,000 girls, to be distributed at school.

7 June 2010

Hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in the Yemeni capital Sanaa fear returning home because of recent violence in the northern Amran governorate’s Harf Sufyan district that left several people killed and many injured. (..) Al-Merrani and his family are among some 3,000 IDP (about 19,000 individuals) families sheltering in Sanaa and receiving food aid from the distribution centre in north Sanaa run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), according to Abdussalam al-Sharaabi, an aid worker from the Social Security Fund working at the centre.

28 May 2010

United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners are striving to continue providing assistance to more than 320,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conflict-affected areas of Yemen despite limited funding and access difficulties due to insecurity, a UN office reported Thursday. (..) The UN World Food Program (WFP) and its partners are providing food assistance to more than 275,600 IDPs in the five conflict- affected governorates.

21 May 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing major funding shortfalls for its programs in Yemen. It is less well known that one of these food aid initiatives provides life-saving aid to thousands of refugees from Somalia.

18 May 2010

Demonstrations are taking place in Yemen over a 50 percent cut in food rations. More than 250,000 Yemenis, displaced by a conflict in the north between the government and rebels, depend on food aid for survival.(..)Gian Carlo Cirri, WFP’s Yemen Country Director, says, "Multiple internal and external challenges have left Yemen in a state of emergency. Growing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in the country present a new front. If not addressed, this could prove to be the tipping point.”

10 May 2010

Saada Governor Taha Hajar discussed on Saturday with some officials in the UN Organizations working in Yemen humanitarian aid provided to the war-affected and displaced people in Saada province.(..)For his part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP)'s security official Ahmed al-Khashman affirmed that the programme would work to present aid according to the possible potentials within the humanitarian aid program in coordination with the local authority in Saada.

10 May 2010

Yemen is holding talks with the International Monetary Fund in a bid to stem a mounting economic crisis that has seen its currency lose around 12 per cent of its value this year. (..) The UN World Food Programme, meanwhile, is being forced to cut assistance to 475,000 people this summer, including those displaced by the northern rebellion, because of shortfalls in donor funding. (..)“It’s puzzling,” said Gian Carlo Cerri at WFP. “There’s lots of talk about helping Yemen, but very little money.”

4 May 2010

The UN food aid agency warned on Tuesday that crucial supplies for Yemen were running out because of a lack of international funding, as it cut remaining food rations by half. World Food Programme spokeswoman Emilia Casella said 3.4 million Yemenis needed food aid. (..) "Due to lack of funding, the WFP has been forced to cut rations by half," Casella told journalists.

30 April 2010

The U.N. food aid agency says a lack of funds is forcing it to cut rations for people driven from their homes by fighting in northern Yemen, endangering a fragile ceasefire between rebels and the government.(..)"WFP is really concerned about the negative impact this cut is likely to have on the ceasefire in the north and about the overall stability in the country this severe shortage of food aid might (affect)," Yemen director Gian Carlo Cirri told AlertNet.