Hunger in the news

24 February 2014

The World Food Programme executive director Ms Ertharin Cousin has appealed for funding to help vulnerable and hunger-stricken people in Zimbabwe. Ms Cousin said the organisation was financially constrained and was asking for help from traditional and new donors. "We are asking for help to continue programmes of assisting vulnerable people to reduce physical and mental stunting," she said.

12 July 2013

The UK is to provide £35m to Malawi and Zimbabwe to alleviate the "looming food crisis" in southern Africa. (..) The money will support the World Food Programme and other international organisations in providing nearly half a million people with food and cash transfers, school meals for 800,000 schoolchildren and treatment for 18,000 malnourished children and pregnant women, the Department for International Development (DfID) said.

22 March 2013

The World Food Program (WFP) says it is currently providing food assistance to more than 1.4 million Zimbabweans as hunger worsens in provinces affected by a two-year drought and heavy rains this year. WFP deputy country director Abdurrahim Siddiqui told VOA Studio 7 food insecurity in Zimbabwe for the 2012/2013 consumption year is comparatively worse than the last three years. He said WFP will continue providing help to the needy under the current seasonal targeted assistance program until the end of this month.

14 March 2013

According to Felix Bamezon, UN World Food Programme (WFP) country director, Zimbabwe’s current food insecurity levels are the worst in four years. “During the peak hunger period of January to March 2013, approximately 19 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population - the equivalent of one in five people - are estimated to be in need of food assistance,” he told IRIN. (..) Of the country’s 13 million people, WFP and the government are providing food aid to 1.58 million in 37 districts across the country.

14 January 2013

Poor rains and a drop in agricultural production in Zimbabwe have left 1.6 million people in urgent need of food assistance, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).(..) UN Radio's Alice Kariuki discusses the food situation in Zimbabwe with David Orr, the East and Southern Africa spokesperson for WFP.

28 December 2012

Christmas in Zimbabwe is also the hunger season — the time between harvests from September to March — for most of the nation's impoverished rural population who depend on food hand-outs. (..) Food shortages are "worse" this year compared to the last three years due to drought and constrained access to cash to buy seed and fertilizer for rural farmers, said World Food Program Zimbabwe country director Felix Bamezon.

3 December 2012

The United Nations food relief agency today announced it is scaling up its efforts to assist more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa, particularly in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho, who are now facing the start of the hunger season. “Large numbers of smallholder farmers and their families are in the grip of what is set to be one of the harshest hunger seasons of recent years,” said the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Brenda Barton.

13 September 2012

The people of Buhera are among the 1.6 million of Zimbabwe's 13 million population that will require food aid during the lean season, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. (..) World Food Programme spokesperson Victoria Cavanagh said the severity of the food shortages had prompted the agency to begin dispatching food aid to needy areas earlier than it normally does in October. "We will be starting earlier in September and we plan to meet the growing need of the people through a combination of in-kind [food for work] food distribution and cash transfers in appropriate areas."

29 August 2012

The United Nations food agency says hunger is worsening in Zimbabwe after erratic rains, shortages of seeds and fertilizer and “poor agricultural practices” in the troubled economy led to a reduction in fields planted with the main staple foods. The World Food Program said cereal harvests in the current season were down by an estimated one third compared to last year. It said about 1.1 million rural people will need food aid up to December, rising to 1.6 million in the traditionally “lean months” to March.

28 August 2012

Irregular rains, poor agricultural practices and ongoing economic challenges have pushed Zimbabwe into an increasingly critical food security situation, the United Nations food relief agency warned today. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), the past several weeks have provided signs of growing distress across the African country with high food prices, empty silos and granaries, and a reduced cereal harvest, aggravating the country’s food security outlook.