Hunger in the news

19 January 2011

International partners teamed up with Afghan leaders to discuss the seriousness of food security issues in the country, the World Food Program said. Louis Imbleau, the WFP representative in Afghanistan, met with Afghan leaders in Kabul to discuss bilateral measures needed to address food shortages in the war-torn country. "This groundbreaking meeting is a sign of how serious all parties are about the need to improve Afghanistan's food security," said Imbleau.

10 January 2011

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from insurgency-hit Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, need food assistance urgently, officials told IRIN. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said it assisted 27,000 IDPs in Helmand Province in 2010 and that an inter-agency assessment was ongoing to gauge needs. WFP and other UN agencies are not present in Helmand due to security restrictions but implement aid projects through local NGOs and government bodies.

31 December 2010

What can we do to help bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan? To most, it looks like a complex problem, even hopeless. But some answers are simple. Take the 600,000 street children in Afghanistan today, living in poverty and forced to beg on the streets to support their families. (..) As a safety net for the families, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently started a take-home ration program for 2,000 Aschiana students, so the children are not forced to beg for food on the streets.

29 December 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) plans to assist 7.3 million people in Afghanistan in 2011 but only has enough funding to feed the most vulnerable for a few months, and needs US$400 million to continue its humanitarian activities next year. WFP appealed to donors for urgent funding through a Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) launched on 5 December with the aim of making up a food shortfall of 103,600 tons (costing about $157 million) until June.

29 December 2010

RECENT upbeat assessments by the White House on the Afghanistan war have been called into question by analysts and aid groups on the ground, who say the security situation has been getting worse. (..) A recent United Nations analysis also concluded that security was deteriorating in growing pockets across the country. For instance, the UN's World Food Program has stopped sending its own trucks along the road that links Kabul to Bamiyan, one of the country's safest regions, because a bomb killed four of its staff on the route in July.

23 December 2010

In a bid to wean Afghan farmers away from opium cultivation and, thereby, dry up the “savings account” of the Taliban, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had, according to a WikiLeaks cable, wanted the World Food Programme (WFP) to exercise the less economical option of sourcing wheat from Afghanistan instead of Pakistan.

21 December 2010

There is an increasing sense that conditions for reconciliation in Afghanistan are becoming more favourable and that there may soon be a real opportunity for a political dialogue leading to a settlement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the war-torn country. (..) Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed to donors for $157 million in urgently needed funding to meet a food shortfall of 103,600 tons for the period up to June 2011.

20 December 2010

Funding shortages for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) threaten supplies of plumpy'nut for infants in Afghanistan. Plumpy'nut is a special peanut paste which is highly nutritious and requires no preparation. It is a ready-to-eat family of foods (including supplementary plumpy, plumpy'doz) that can save infants from deadly malnutrition.

29 November 2010

Malnutrition is on the increase as many people have difficulty growing food because of ongoing fighting in the countryside. According to the World Food Programme, more than half the children in Afghanistan suffer from malnutrition.

15 November 2010

Ali Ahmad, the sole breadwinner of an extended family in Kabul, has to decide whether to buy firewood to keep his children warm in winter or food to save them from hunger. (..)The average wheat price in September was 7.3 percent higher than in August, and wheat prices in Afghanistan were “the highest in the region”, according to a UN World Food Programme (WFP) market price bulletin.