12 August 2005

WFP increases aid to Sudan as food shortages intensify

At the height of the annual ‘hunger gap’ and rainy season, WFP is particularly concerned about the chronically impoverished regions of Bahr El Ghazal in the South, and the Kordofans in central Sudan and Red ...
8 August 2005

LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTIONS BEGIN

On Saturday, 6 August, a TNT Airbus 300 landed in Niger’s capital, Niamey, at 22.35 local time, carrying 33 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits (HEB). The plane had earlier loaded its cargo at the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, Italy. WFP Niger has arranged to have these HEB transported immediately to Zinder, Maradi and Diffa where they are urgently needed, particularly for children under five. The TNT Airbus, which belongs to WFP’s corporate partner, the global mail, express and logistics company, was off-loaded in just over two hours and left for Europe the same night.
4 August 2005

AIRLIFTS AND DISTRIBUTIONS CONTINUE

WFP is currently in the process of airlifting from Abidjan to Niamey 186 tons of corn soya blend (CSB – a highly nutritious fortified blend, mainly intended for young children and pregnant and lactating mothers).
3 August 2005

No More Nigers

In a special article for WFP, Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and Nobel prize winne, warns that there are other "Nigers" waiting to happen on the African continent.
1 August 2005

DISTRIBUTIONS BEGIN

Distributions are starting this week in the areas of Niger most affected by the food crisis.
29 July 2005

AIRLIFT TAKES OFF

WFP's airlift of emergency food rations to Niger took off on schedule today from its humanitarian response depot in Brindisi, southern Italy. The Ilyushin 76 aircraft, its hold packed with 44 metric tons of high-energy biscuits, will reach Niger's capital Niamey this evening. A technical fault had delayed the flight by 24-hours.
29 July 2005

How food shortages occur and how we tackle hunger

Hunger crises are a constant threat hanging over the poverty-stricken countries of west Africa. We take a look at what lies behind such food shortages and how hungry people are helped.
28 July 2005

WFP INCREASES NUMBER OF PEOPLE TARGETED WITH FOOD AID

As Niger's traditional lean season (April-October) enters its final months, the country's food shortages are intensifying, forcing WFP to progressively increase the number of people targeted with food aid on the frontline of one of Niger's worst hunger crises.
27 July 2005

Stop the hunger horror tour

Debt relief is good, but means little to a child who is starving right now, warns WFP Executive Director James Morris in an article which has appeared in The Guardian (UK), Daily Yomiuri (Japan), Kristeligt Dagblad (Denmark) and Tribune de Geneve (Switzerland).
25 July 2005

Niger - a chronology of starvation

Niger is suffering the second-worst food crisis in its history, with up to a quarter of the population of 12 million people in need of food aid. The current crisis was predicted after poor harvests last year, so how could the situation become so serious? This is the course of events:

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