Severe drought has drastically reduced crop yields in Moldova, driving up food prices and reducing access to food for poor households, according to a joint report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.
WFP completes a historic purchase by buying maize directly from a group of small-scale farmers in Lesotho, the first ever direct purchase in that country. The farmer produced a surplus despite the country’s worst drought in 30 years by using conservation farming techniques.
WFP has appealed for US$64.6 million to feed up to 1.7 million people in Uganda until March to stave off hunger for victims of severe floods, refugees, and populations displaced by conflict and civil strife.
WFP has announced a US$1.1 million purchase of 4,000 metric tons of locally grown wheat in Hirat, Afghanistan, as a way of overcoming continuing security problems hampering food deliveries, while at the same time supporting poor Afghan farmers.
WFP has said that distributions of food assistance to more than 60,000 flood victims across the country had started amid some overcrowding in temporary shelters and threats of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
WFP has warned that though many of the tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in recent days have now received emergency rations, there are serious concerns for those who remain beyond its reach do to insecurity.
WFP has announced plans to issue a US$10.3 million emergency appeal to assist an estimated 80,000 victims, as rescue crews were reported stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Felix in northern Nicaragua.
The head of the UN’s World Food Programme Josette Sheeran acclaims the phenomenally successful internet-based vocabulary game FreeRice as an example of the Web’s power to mobilise millions of people in the fight against global hunger.