Hunger in the news

16 September 2009

Australia said on Tuesday it would resume some ministerial contact with Zimbabwe (..). It will give US$5 million in food aid, to be delivered through the World Food Programme, US$1 million to help farmers with crop production, as well US$2 million to UNICEF for school funding.

14 September 2009

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Monday it will give farmers in Zimbabwe a boost by distributing seeds and fertilizers in a bid to tackle hunger in the African nation (..) According to an assessment by the FAO, World Food Program (WFP)and Zimbabwean Government, only 1.4 million tons of cereal will be available domestically, compared to the more than 2 million tons needed.

9 September 2009

The government, NGOs and donor countries in Zimbabwe are rushing to distribute agricultural inputs ahead of the summer rains, but ending donor dependency and returning to food security in 2010 will still be a close-run thing, analysts told IRIN.
In the first quarter of 2009 nearly seven million Zimbabweans relied on emergency food aid.

8 September 2009

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have appealed for US$26 million to augment humanitarian assistance for vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe in the face of a continued food crisis in the country until next year. (..) The food operation has adequate funding up to the end of September 2009 with the WFP covering the balance of the operational costs.

3 September 2009

“Only 47 per cent of the $718 million needed to assist Zimbabwe, less than half has been committed to date. The funds are intended to boost access to clean water for 6 million people, feed nearly 3 million people and assist 1.5 million children in getting educations,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
According to an assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and Zimbabwean government, only 1.4 million tonnes of cereal will be available domestically, compared to the more than 2 million needed.

2 September 2009

Food stocks in most rural households in Zimbabwe will be depleted by early October, warned the U.S.-based Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWSNET, on Tuesday. (..) World Food Program spokesman Richard Lee said his agency will conduct an assessment of food needs in rural areas in the weeks ahead to inform its relief initiatives.

21 August 2009

Russia has delivered 2,500 metric tons of flour as food aid to Zimbabwe, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. "A delivery of 2,500 tons of wheat flour has been delivered to Zimbabwe through Russia's emergency services and the UN World Food Program. On August 19, an official ceremony was held in Harare to hand over the cargo to UN representatives, who will distribute it among local people," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The United Nations' humanitarian arm warned earlier this month that Zimbabwe's food shortage remains acute, and that incoming food aid is likely to prove insufficient.

21 August 2009

It is time for western governments to swallow their pride, re-engage in Zimbabwe and do business with Robert Mugabe. The country’s battered people urgently need help: compassion and self-interest demands that the west provide it; the future of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change could well depend on it; and the recent announcement that China has offered Zimbabwe a US$950m (€671m, £576m) loan should concentrate policymakers’ minds on it. Six months after the introduction of a coalition administration, Zimbabwe remains in cruel limbo. Its children are still being orphaned by Aids and dying of preventable diseases. Its students remain without books or computers. Nearly half the population are kept alive by UN food shipments, but denied by western donors the resources that could allow the country to fend for itself. Doing business with a dictator is anathema, maintain western diplomats. President Mugabe must go, they say, before regular aid can resume. Meanwhile, their governments keep their distance. They channel hundreds of thousands of tonnes of food aid through the UN’s World Food Programme, and enlist non-government organisations to deliver the modest humanitarian help the west is prepared to allow.

13 August 2009

The European Commission (EC) yesterday allocated US$12 million (euro 9 million) to safeguard access to food for vulnerable people affected by the breakdown of essential services in Zimbabwe. (..) “According to an assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and Zimbabwean government, only 1,4 million tons of cereal will be available domestically, compared to the more than two million needed.”

12 August 2009

During last year's run-off election, Zimbabwe closed the door on humanitarian aid. This year, food aid is beginning to come in, but numbers are falling short of what is needed. (..) There are 12.5 Zimbabweans who need more than two million tons of cereal, for example. Thus far, only 1.4 million tons will be available domestically according to FAO, WFP and Zimbabwe's government.