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Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

Assessment finds gaps in Darfur aid delivery

The Sudanese government has not done enough to fill gaps in humanitarian assistance caused by its recent expulsion of 13 foreign aid groups from the Darfur region, the U.N. humanitarian chief said on Tuesday. (...) Holmes said that to feed the hungry in Darfur "we need to find some proper partners for the WFP (World Food Program) if the decision is not reversed." The expulsion of aid groups "seems to us a reckless act," he added
The Boston Globe / Reuters
Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

Zambia's Copperbelt Reels From Global Crisis

The global economic meltdown swept into this company town and took down the copper mine in January. It left in its wake a crisis measured in unsold tomatoes at the market, empty stomachs and desperate people lined up outside Chishimba Kambwili's pink house each morning. (...) Over the past year, malnutrition among children younger than 5 has jumped 15 to 20 percent in urban areas, including Copperbelt towns, said Pablo Recalde, country director for the World Food Program.
Washington Post
Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

Malnutrition stalks Kenyan refugee camps

Under the World Food Programme's emergency operations, 1.2 million people affected by drought and post-election violence also receive food. High food prices have taken their toll on the daily lives of Kenyans. Poverty and food insecurity are highest in urban slums and among pastoralists and farmers in remote, arid and semi-arid lands, which constitute 80 per cent of Kenya's land mass. Many households in these areas are chronically poor, and there are persistently high malnutrition rates among children under 5.
Toronto Star
Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

UN warns of humanitarian risks in Sudan

(..) The survey showed that food needs have been covered for March and April for about 1.1 million people, thanks to a one-time distribution by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) through local food committees. However, by the beginning of May, just as the gap between harvest times approaches, further distributions will not be made unless the WFP finds new partners, Haq said. On housing, she said that about 692,400 people are waiting for shelter materials before the rains begin, and will not receive them unless the UN Joint Logistics Centre finds partners to carry out the distribution and gains access to existing distribution lists.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

One million people at risk in Darfur, U.N. says

The U.N. estimates that 1.5 million people in Darfur are dependent on healthcare support, 1.1 million need regular food aid, and another 1 million are in need of clean drinking water. The summary released Tuesday said the World Food Programme, which is still allowed to operate in Sudan, is carrying out a one-time-only distribution program in March and April, but that new partners will be needed to continue delivering food after April.
CNN
Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

Joint Darfur aid warning issued

More than a million people in Darfur will go without food rations by May unless new aid agencies are deployed, a joint Sudanese-UN assessment says. (...) UN humanitarian affairs coordinator Ameerah Haq told journalists in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum that "the most critical needs are being filled for now". "However, by the beginning of May, as the hunger gap approaches, and unless the World Food Programme has found partners able to take on the mammoth distribution task, these people will not receive their rations," she said.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
25 March 2009

U.N. Official Calls Darfur Aid Tenuous

A combination of stopgap measures by United Nations agencies and the Sudanese government has kept aid flowing in the world’s largest relief program in Darfur, but the makeshift effort cannot be sustained, John Holmes, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator, said Tuesday. (...) The World Food Program, a United Nations agency that will remain in Sudan, used to deliver food through many of the agencies that were shut down. The program delivered food for March and April to 1.1 million people by using local committees, but another method will have to be found, Mr. Holmes said.
New York Times
Hunger in the news
24 March 2009

Japan continues to support Mindanao

Last January alone, the Japanese government gave an emergency food aid amounting to 860 million Yen (approximately $9.2 million) of 7,500 Metric tons of rice to the IDPs through the United Nation’s World Food Program, aside from providing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, and plastic sheets for tents, through a GGP project since December 2008.
Manila Times
Hunger in the news
24 March 2009

Riyadh pledges relief funds to Palestinians

Saudi Arabia pledged $20.5 million in Palestinian relief Monday during a news conference in Beirut where a "memorandum of understanding" was signed between a delegate from the kingdom and representatives of four United Nations' programs. The agreement allocates $7.6 million to the UN Development Program (UNDP)/UN Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP), $7.6 million to the UN Human Settlements Program (HABITAT), $4 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) and $1,273,300 to the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Daily Star (Lebanon)
Hunger in the news
24 March 2009

SUDAN: Hungry people are desperate people

Aid workers fear the crunch will come in a few weeks as supplies run low. At the same time, it is feared that waterborne infectious diseases, such as cholera, could increase in the coming rainy season. Many basic services, such as maintaining boreholes, were run by the expelled agencies. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has started a "one-off distribution of two months' food rations to beneficiaries in areas formerly covered by the expelled NGOs", the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. "This, however, is unsustainable in the long run due to limited capacity and the need for monitoring and accountability," OCHA warned on 22 March.
Reuters Alertnet

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