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Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Djibouti: Global food crisis adding to shortages

Drought, high food prices and a weak response from donors have left a large proportion of Djibouti’s population without enough to eat, despite some level of economic growth, the UN Resident Coordinator said. "Djibouti has been suffering over the last few years, not only from the drought situation that the Horn of Africa is facing, but it is also one of the countries severely hit by the global food crisis," Sunil Saigal said. [...] "We don’t quite know how many people are actually in Djibouti right now," Saigal told IRIN in Djibouti. "[But] a very large percentage is highly food-insecure. WFP [UN World Food Programme] is operating on the basis of 328,000 moderately food-insecure."
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Commentary: Haiti's Preval pleads for the US and rest of the world to end global negligence

On February 5, Haitian president Rene Preval arrived in Washington carrying a desperate message in his pocket. In it, he requested emergency aid from the United States for as much as $100 million. [...] Without doubt, the crisis, which intensified at the onset of 2008 as food prices soared, was felt throughout the entire world. But the underdeveloped nations have been particularly vulnerable. In April 2008, the World Food Program admitted that it could not afford to purchase adequate volumes of food as the price of rice, for example, had more than doubled since March. International food donors are distributing more and more “therapeutic food” as a way to fight malnourishment. The ready-to-eat rations are made of milk, peanuts, and added nutrients and temporarily alleviate starvation. The problem with them, however, is that hungry people depend on these allotments that, in reality, do not resolve the core dilemma at hand.
Carribean Net News
Aid professionals
10 February 2009

Food For Peace: Eisenhower's Unsung Initiative Can Be Obama's Most Powerful Tool for Peace

As President Obama tackles enormous foreign policy challenges, he would be well-advised to extract good ideas from past administrations and carry forward this "better part of history," writes William Lambers.
History News Network
Aid professionals
10 February 2009

Our Culture of Wasting Food Will One Day Leave Us Hungry

All the talk of genetically modifying crops would be unnecessary if the supermarkets - and consumers - weren't so wasteful, says Alex Renton.
The Observer
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

China Drought Persists, Threatening Wheat Crop

China said it had largely contained damage from its worst drought in decades, but warned that if there is no rain in the next two weeks, the winter wheat harvest could be threatened. "We will face a more daunting task in fighting drought," if there is inadequate rainfall in the next 15 days, said E Jingping, secretary-general of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. With rain forecast to start Wednesday across most of the eight hardest-hit provinces, after more than 100 days without rain in some areas, government officials predicted a limited impact from the drought. The affected area is primarily in central and eastern China, covering the country's breadbasket where much of the winter wheat crop is grown.
Wall street Journal
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Colombo’s plea to global agencies

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Monday said the casualties caused by the LTTE were under-reported and urged some of the international agencies to be mindful of the responsibility cast on them in disseminating information. He was talking to heads of the UN agencies based in Colombo at a meeting convened by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. [...] The Foreign Ministry said the objective of the meeting was to discuss all issues of mutual interest regarding the protection of civilians in the conflict zone. The UN Resident Coordinator along with the Representatives of UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and the Chief Security Advisor of the UN Office in Colombo were present.
The Hindu
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Nepal needs urgent food help, says UN

Soaring food prices have left around three million people in Nepal on the verge of starvation, according to the UN’s World Food Programme. High transportation costs, flooding and export ban by India have led to a huge deficit of food supply in several parts of the country. More than 2.7 million people in Nepal need immediate food assistance as high food prices plunge them over the edge, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The UN agency also warned that it was running out of money and desperately needed more than $40 million to feed hungry people in the Himalayan nation. [...] "Prior to the global food crisis, the most food insecure people were in the remote mountain and hill areas of the mid and far west of Nepal," said Richard Ragan, country director for the WFP in Nepal.
One World South Asia / Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Pakistan fighting could uproot 600,000 people - U.N.

Fierce fighting in Pakistan's border area with Afghanistan could soon drive more than 600,000 people from their homes, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Spokesman Ron Redmond said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will ramp up its relief work in northwestern Pakistan, where security has deteriorated sharply since last year. [...] Redmond said the UNHCR had no news about the fate of the American head of its office in the southwest Pakistani city of Quetta, John Solecki, who was abducted last week after gunmen ambushed his car and shot dead his driver.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Sudan: UN Kicks Off Campaign to Demobilize Ex-Combatants

More than a dozen soldiers, who fought in the long-running Sudanese civil war, today handed over their weapons at the start of a United Nations-backed demobilization programme aimed at coaxing 180,000 ex-combatants back into civilian life. [...] During the demobilization process in Ed Damazin, ex-combatants from the north and south symbolically relinquished their weapons and in return received a DDR identification card, cash, non-food items and a coupon for food rations provided by the World Food Programme (WFP).
All Africa / UN News Service
Hunger in the news
10 February 2009

Unification Minister-Designate Vows to Restore Dialogue

Hyun In-taek, the nominee for unification minister, on Monday pledged to restore inter-Korean dialogue "as soon as possible." Hyun, who has already incurred North Korea's ire, added, "The dispatch of a special envoy to the North would be one way to suggest dialogue." [...] Hyun pledged to consider humanitarian aid, including food aid through the UN World Food Programme.
Chosun Ilbo

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