Hunger Hotspots

Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high-profile emergencies.
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Responding to Emergencies
21 August 2009

Afghanistan

There are concerns over the security situation prior to the forthcoming presidential election on 20 August 2009. During the reporting period, the security situation remained extremely volatile with a significant increase in the number of incidents such as suicide attacks, ambushes, bomb explosions and other insurgency activities in the Southern and Eastern regions. In the Northern provinces, the number of security related incidents such as improvised explosive device (IED) attempts, armed clashes and presence/infiltration of anti-government elements have dramatically increased. The primary targets have been Afghan National Police and Army and their establishments and as well high profile governmental entities. Due to military operation in the North-west Frontier Province of Pakistan, reportedly 600 households have arrived to Spera district, Khost province Afghanistan, of which most of them are Pakistani nationals. As a result of ongoing military operation in Bargi Matal district of Nuristan province Eastern region, around 160 families have been displaced. WFP also plans to deliver 56 mt of emergency food to these displaced families.
Responding to Emergencies
29 July 2009

Chad

Since mid-July 2009, the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) is facing serious funding gaps and urgently needs contributions to guarantee the continuation of activities up to the end of this year. In view of the current funding status, WFP may be forced to reduce or even stop flights starting 15 August 2009, a step which would seriously slow-down the support to humanitarian operations in Chad. 
Responding to Emergencies
15 July 2009

DRC

Currently UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) DRC is set to adapt to a progressive expansion based on user demands. The service involves a partial cost-recovery system (payment of a token booking fee by users). UNHAS is planning a monthly transport of 1,000 humanitarian actors to access thousands of beneficiaries in remote and inaccessible locations in DRC. 
Responding to Emergencies
15 July 2009

Chad

In the East, as of 6 July, 96 percent of food required to cover refugee and internally-displaced-person (IDP) needs until November (including contingency requirements) has been pre-positioned. Delivery of 6,000 mt of food is ongoing through the Libyan corridor directly to Northeastern camps and will be completed by mid July.
Responding to Emergencies
18 June 2009

Afghanistan

On 2 June, the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock and FAO jointly projected a bumper wheat harvest for 2009, which is 63 percent higher than last year’s. Wheat harvest this year will be record high for the past 32 years if the projection proves to be accurate. The expected bumper wheat harvest is mainly because of good rains; other factors are a 20 percent increase in farmland devoted to wheat as a result of last year’s high food prices and the provision of seeds and fertilisers to farmers. However, the overall cereal deficit is estimated at about 200,000 mt out of a total cereal requirement of about 6.5 million mt. Through its purchase for progress (P4P) programme, WFP has a plan to procure some tonnage from the surplus areas. WFP continues to provide emergency food assistance to flood-affected families in the North, West and East regions. Emergency food distribution (EFD) is ongoing to over 74,000 people to meet their immediate needs for one month. Furthermore, WFP has taken part in flood assessments and is planning to establish recovery food-for-work (FFW) projects to repair flood-damaged feeder roads and irrigation canals.
Responding to Emergencies
5 June 2009

Sri Lanka

WFP is providing full rations to over 290,000 people accommodated in temporary transit camps in the North and East of the country. This is in addition to an earlier caseload of 183,000 IDPs, who are also being assisted by WFP ahead of their imminent return and resettlement.
Responding to Emergencies
5 June 2009

Somalia

WFP and its partners are currently implementing a Blanket Supplementary Feeding programme in the central regions of Mudug and Galgadud targeting 88,600 children, 50 percent of the number of children aged of 6 - 59 months in these regions with malnutrition rates above the emergency threshold. 
Responding to Emergencies
5 June 2009

Kenya

The current rainy season continues to be poor in WFP’s main operational areas, i.e. pastoral districts in the North and marginal agricultural districts in the Southeast and coast areas. As a result, food insecurity is worsening and is not likely to improve, especially among farmers, before the next harvest in February 2010.  The Kenya Food Security Steering Group is monitoring the situation closely, and is preparing to conduct the seasonal assessment in July.
Responding to Emergencies
5 June 2009

Afghanistan

WFP continues to provide emergency food assistance to the families affected by the floods in the north, west and east regions. To date, over 56,000 beneficiaries have received over 1,000 mt of WFP emergency food assistance to meet their immediate needs for one month. Flood affected provinces include Balkh, Jawzjan, Samangan, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Takhar, Jalalabad and Hirat. Furthermore, WFP has taken part in joint flood assessments and planning to establish recovery food-for-work projects to repair flood-damaged roads and irrigation canals.
28 May 2009

Afghanistan

WFP continues to provide emergency food assistance to floods affected families in the northern and western regions. To date, over 26,000 beneficiaries have received WFP emergency food assistance to meet their immediate food needs for one month. Flood affected provinces include Balkh, Jawzjan, Samangan, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Takhar and Hirat provinces. Furthermore, WFP has taken part in provincial government-led joint assessments and planning to establish recovery food-for-work projects to repair flood-damaged roads and irrigation canals.

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