Hunger in the news

25 January 2010

World Food Programme (WFP) is to continue providing Yemen with the possible aid in area of food security. WFP's Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe Daly Belgasmi expressed, during his meeting with Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul-Karim al-Arhabi, his appreciation for the government's facilities for carrying out the WFP's activities in Yemen.

18 January 2010

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)'s experts affirmed on Sunday that they have identified 25 challenges facing food security in Yemen, ,making use of the household budget survey, which was conducted in 2004 and food survey carried out by the World Food Program in Yemen in 2009.

13 January 2010

One of the interviews in my book Ending World Hunger was with Salman Omer from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen. The interview was focused on the status of school feeding. In an impoverished nation like Yemen, programs aimed at fighting child hunger are crucial.

12 January 2010

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northern Yemeni governorate of Al-Jawf, some 270km east of Sanaa, have not yet been reached by humanitarian agencies (..). Giancarlo Cirri, a World Food Programme (WFP) representative in Yemen, told IRIN on 10 January that about half of the IDPs in Al-Jawf Governorate were beyond reach. "WFP estimates based on available information suggest that there could be as many as 12,500 IDPs scattered around Al-Jawf - meaning that some 6,000 persons are currently out of reach," he said.

8 January 2010

The plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in tents or deserted houses in the volatile northern Yemeni governorate of Saada and surrounding areas is worsening because of cold winter weather (..). Giancarlo Cirri, representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen, told IRIN the composition of the food basket provided to IDPs was designed with the colder weather in mind. He said WFP was assisting more than 150,000 IDPs and estimated this number would increase to more than 200,000 in the coming months.

29 December 2009

The United Nations food distribution centre inside Gaza City’s Beach refugee camp is a hive of activity. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) said it estimated at least 120,000 people were temporarily displaced, and according to Gaza’s housing ministry, 20,000 homes and buildings were either totally or partially destroyed.

28 December 2009

Houthis have killed, wounded more than 500 people and abducted more than 485 others, mostly of elders and children through the sporadic attacks against citizens since the outbreak of the recent conflict last August (..). thousands of displaced persons since the begging of the clashes until now are been provided by the local authority's capabilities (..) and International organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP).

13 December 2009

Yemen and World Food Program (WFP) signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding to extend date of offering relief and humanitarian assistance to displaced people until June of 2010.

23 November 2009

Carved into remote and inaccessible regions by its soaring mountains and vast, empty plains, Yemen remains a tribal society, the poorest in the Middle East (..) Unicef recently launched a special feeding centre in Mazrak for severely malnourished children and along with the World Food Programme has been distributing food rations and sachets of Plumpy'nut, a food used in famine relief. "Malnutrition is the silent emergency in Yemen, but no one is talking about it," said Naseem ur Rahman, a Unicef spokesman.

12 November 2009

In the southwest corner of the Arabian peninsula, tens of thousands of people have fled fighting between Yemen's government forces and Shiite rebels. (..) At the World Food Program tent, a jostling knot of people seems like chaos, but it is an aggressively maintained line. These displaced people are waiting for the monthly food distribution of wheat, beans, sugar, cooking oil and salt.