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Hunger in the news
4 March 2009

Uganda: Karamuzi Beat the Challenges of Widowhood to Become Model Farmer

The accident that claimed her husband in 1997 left her a changed woman. With five children to take care of single-handed, Perry Karamuzi realised she had to put aside self-pity and move on. [...] Karamuzi had a number of Friesian cows but she sold them for school fees and remained with one which she zero-grazes. She gets 15 litres of milk from her heifer. "The benefits in zero-grazing are many," she says. "A farmer who practises zero-grazing will never lack manure for their crops." She also has 10 local breed goats. At Karamuzi's home there is no wastage; she puts everything to use. [...] Because of her hard work, in 1994 the district nominated her as a model farmer and she was chosen to host the World Food Programme celebrations.
All Africa / New Vision
Focus on Women
3 March 2009

What Do African Women Eat?

Mathilde Savy and her teams have investigated this question in Burkina Faso for 3 years. In rural areas, they found that women's diet was very monotonous, based on cereals, vegetables and condiments. Meat, fish and fruits were rare and reserved for men.
Liberation
3 March 2009

Hungry for Change

According to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, “Every five seconds, a child dies of hunger.” [...] But how exactly can we eradicate extreme poverty and hunger? San Diegan Jamie Pullman, a “social entrepreneur” living in Little Italy, may just have found an answer. Pullman is the mind behind Hungry for Change, a project aimed at helping to end global poverty. Pullman explains that through Hungry for Change, spare change from every participant’s bank card purchase automatically provides a school-based meal for a hungry child in the developing world, thus making giving automatic, effortless, and sustainable.
San Diego Magazine
Hunger in the news
3 March 2009

WFP portrays bleak picture of food security

The World Food Programme (WFP) has projected a gloomy outlook of [Nepal's]winter crop production this time owing to lack of sufficient rainfall. The winter harvest this time is expected to be poor. The outlook for the winter crop production is worrisome making the people more vulnerable to food insecurity, stated a rapid survey by the WFP. Other factors, according to the survey, affecting food security include remoteness, high food prices and limited income opportunities, posing a high risk of increased food insecurity beginning in April. Food insecurity will become particularly critical from June onwards as Nepal moves into its traditional lean season.
Nepal News
Hunger in the news
3 March 2009

Unreliable information worsens food crises

There is a need to integrate and harmonize information on food security matters as a requisite to contain escalating world food crises in Africa and Latin America, participants in a National Policy Dialogue on Managing and Preventing World Food Crisis have said. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Programme Leader, Dr Suresh Babu, told participants in Dar es Salaam today that recent studies in developing countries and Latin America had indicated policy makers and leaders lack sufficient information to gauge the likely effects of global food crises in their countries. [...] A coordinator, Tanzania/Japan Food Aid Counterpart Fund which is under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Dr Wilbald Lorri, said countries like Tanzania need to have a well coordinated and harmonized mechanism on food security matters. He said that all key stakeholders such as National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Tanzania Bureau of Statistics (TBS) and International agencies such as FAO and World food Programme (WFP), should ensure the information gathered in the field is relevant, reliable, consistent and useful.
The Zimbabwean / Daily News (Tanzania)
Hunger in the news
3 March 2009

Somalia: WFP Signs Agreement With Islamic Administration in Middle Jubba Region in South

Mohamud Hassan Guuleed, the spokesman of WFP for Somalia has said on Tuesday that WFP signed a deal with the Islamic administration in Middle Jubba region in southern Somalia. Mr. Guuled who is in Nairobi told Shabelle radio that the agreement was about how the World Food Program agency would work again in Middle Jubba region afer the Islamic administration in the region accused the aid agencies for supplying an expired food for the people in the region that caused to their work in the region.
All Africa / Shabelle Media Network
Hunger in the news
3 March 2009

Envoys pledge to support Karamoja

TWO development partners have pledged to support Mrs. Janet Museveni, the wife of the President, in her tasks as state minister for Karamoja affairs. During a meeting with her at State House, Nakasero on Monday, the European Union (EU) ambassador, Vincent De Visscher, congratulated Mrs. Museveni upon her appointment as minister and assured her of EU’s support for Karamoja affairs. [...] In a related development, Mrs. Museveni hosted the World Food Programme (WFP) country director, Stanlake Samkange, at State House, Nakasero. Talks centered on how the WFP could work with the Government in ensuring food security in Karamoja, according to a release from State House. Samkange pledged WFP support to the First Lady to ensure food security in Karamoja.
New Vision
Hunger in the news
3 March 2009

Mozambique: Donors and drought go west

Unless March brings good rain, up to 100,000 people in Mozambique's western province of Tete will need emergency food assistance, but the weather forecast is sunny and dry. "The rains stopped falling regularly and in the past three weeks there has been no rainfall at all," World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Peter Transburg told IRIN. Small-scale farmers in Tete Province, which borders Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, have been hit particularly hard. "Should the situation persist in the next three weeks, it will become critical," Transburg said.
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
2 March 2009

Donors withhold food aid over graft

Donors are putting pressure on President Kibaki to deal firmly with corruption and mismanagement in his government before they give additional food aid. The Sunday Nation has established that no key donor has contributed to the government’s Sh32 billion famine fund, as they are apparently waiting for firm action on graft in government. The donors are instead channelling aid to starving Kenyans through the World Food Programme (WFP).
The Daily Nation
Hunger in the news
2 March 2009

Thousands to Benefit in Food and Nutrition Project

Thousands of vulnerable people in the Republic of Congo are expected to benefit from a three-year food and nutrition project. "This project will ensure the rights of very vulnerable populations to food and nutrition," said Lamin Manneh, the UN resident coordinator in the ROC. At least 800,000 children under-five, 160,000 pregnant and nursing women, as well as farmers and livestock keepers and children in 200 primary schools will benefit from the project. [...] The project is expected to help in fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty by increasing agro-pastoral production and farming incomes. It will be implemented by the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF and FAO.
All Africa / IRIN

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