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:
20 July 2005

Conflict, drought and locusts: the crisis gripping West Africa

A combination of conflict, drought and the worst locust invasion in years has left many people in West Africa struggling with a severe "hungry season", and WFP desperately short of the funds it needs to feed them.
19 July 2005

WFP and ARC for school feeding in Tsunami-ravaged countries

A partnership between WFP and the American Red Cross (ARC) provides food and opportunities for children in tsunami-ravaged countries. Stacey M. Winston of the ARC in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, reports. This article was first published on the ARC web site.
14 July 2005


School feeding programmes run by WFP in some of the most remote and rural parts of Ethiopia encourage children to pursue their education. Icelandic journalist Sigríður Víðis Jónsdóttir visited some of the participating schools, and came back with plenty to think about.
13 July 2005

Haiti handles hurricane damage

Port-au-Prince, 13 July 2005 - Despite the extensive damage wreaked by Hurricane Dennis last weekend, Haiti's emergency response will not require extra humanitarian resources, according to a UN assessment mission. The mission, which focused on the worst-hit coastal areas of the southern peninsula, estimates that Hurricane Dennis affected 15,000 people in total, destroying more than 600 houses and damaging over 1,000 properties. Haitian authorities have also confirmed that the fierce storm claimed 20 lives. However, according to the assessment, the scale of damage is less than that caused by tropical storm Jeanne last September and Haiti's recovery will be possible with existing resources.
12 July 2005


As the head of WFP’s Field Office in Malakal, South Sudan, Hans Vikoler’s busy days on the front line are challenging but satisfying. Public information officer Luca Romano reports.
8 July 2005

Back to school in Banda Aceh

As people in tsunami-ravaged Banda Aceh rebuild their lives, children are returning to school. Food from WFP encourages them to attend class and keep coming back. Barry Came reports from the field.
7 July 2005


Over 10 million people will need food aid in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe over the next 12 months, thanks to a combination of erratic weather, lack of seeds & fertilizer and the deadly impacts of HIV/AIDS and chronic poverty.
5 July 2005

Banishing the begging bowl

In an article first published in The Guardian of London, Nigerian President and chairperson of the New Partnership for Africa's Development Olusegan Obasanjo warns that ridding Africa of hunger is the key to long-term development.
5 July 2005

Creating agents of change: HIV / Aids education for WFP employees

Rome, July 2005 - On a sunny afternoon at the WFP headquarters in Rome, 20 WFP staff are standing in a neat row outside the building, each one holding a card inscribed with a terse statement of identity. "I am an uneducated driver," says one card. "I am a professional woman with many partners," says another. And a third: "I am an HIV-positive single mother." In response to a series of questions, some staff move a step forward while others stay behind.


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