Hunger in the news

3 November 2010

As winter approaches, UNHCR said it was planning to distribute warm clothes, charcoal and blankets to thousands of “extremely vulnerable” IDPs, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was working closely with UNHCR to assist IDPs. “WFP has been distributing a three-month emergency food ration to over 43,000 recently displaced people,” WFP spokesman Challiss McDonough told IRIN, adding that the organization would provide special winter food assistance to 320,000 vulnerable families - not all of them IDPs - across the country.

21 October 2010

Millions of Afghan children will be protected against malnutrition, retarded growth and development and poor learning ability under a United Nations- backed de-worming campaign launched in schools across the Asian country on Wednesday, UN officials said. The Afghan Education and Health Ministries, supported by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN World Food Program (WFP) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), plan to reach every school-going child with a single 500-milligram tablet of Mebendazole, consumed simply by chewing or swallowing with a glass of water, said the officials.

20 October 2010

Challiss McDonough of WFP says, "We are supporting more than 2,000 children at Aschiana centers around Kabul. They receive a full food-for-training ration for their families, consisting of wheat, pulses, vegetable oil and salt. It's the beginning of a very positive partnership between WFP and Aschiana to help these children build a brighter future for themselves." (...) The road ahead in Afghanistan needs to focus on child feeding, rehabilitation, and education. Supporting the work of Aschiana, WFP, and other agencies helping children in Afghanistan is most crucial.

9 October 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a 40 percent funding shortfall for its 2010 Afghanistan relief program. The Pakistan emergency has also impacted operations in Afghanistan. Some wheat in transit from Pakistan was lost in the flooding. Other wheat was sent to emergency zones to provide aid to Pakistanis. In all, around 22,000 metric tons Afghanistan was counting on is not there.

4 October 2010

Tens of thousands of tons of wheat flour will be imported from Kazakhstan by the private sector to alleviate food shortages before the winter, officials say. (..) "Volatility in regional grain markets has complicated WFP's procurement as prices have gone up and availability is uncertain," said Challiss McDonough, a WFP spokeswoman in Kabul.

30 August 2010

Afghan authorities are keeping a close eye on world wheat prices as they seek to boost strategic stocks ahead of winter and ensure that demand is met as some traditional suppliers halt exports. (..) Afghanistan is among the most vulnerable countries in the world for food supply, according to the Food Security Risk Index 2010, compiled with the UN's World Food Programme.

19 August 2010

Ten medical aid volunteers were killed in one Afghanistan attack in August. In July, a 78-year-old French humanitarian worker was executed along the Mali-Mauritanian border after some three months in captivity. (..) Another aid worker, Marcus Prior, 41, with the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP), spoke to CNN via phone from WFP's offices in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, where he was getting a quick break from working in the flooded Swat Valley.(..) "Places like Somalia and (the Democratic Republic of the) Congo have been particularly dicey at times," he said. "I remember on one of my very first aid missions to Somalia, being rushed into our office because there was an unidentified gunman in the vicinity.

17 August 2010

Finding temporary shelter for people made homeless by floods in Afghanistan is being hampered by a shortage of tents, according to aid agencies. (..) Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has been providing food to flood victims, is aware of the danger of roads blocked by snow. “This is a critical time for WFP ahead of Afghanistan's long, harsh winter. WFP is currently pre-positioning food in areas that could become inaccessible as early as October due to heavy snowfall,” Challiss McDonough, a WFP spokeswoman, told IRIN.

9 July 2010

It was 62 years ago today that General Dwight Eisenhower made a speech appealing for aid to children suffering in the aftermath of World War II. While many years have passed since Ike's speech, its basic principles hold much relevance today, especially when we see scenes of Afghan children struggling to get food and other basic necessities. (..)I contacted the UN World Food Programme (WFP). A WFP officer informed me that they are looking into this possibility, and they have a similar effort already underway with another charity in the northern part of Afghanistan.

8 July 2010

UN Ambassador Against Hunger Bahram Radan arrived on Tuesday at the Shahid Nasseri Camp in Saveh where he visited a large number of Afghan refugees in the Iranian city in the Central Province (..). In his first act as Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Program (WFP), the Iranian actor visited bakeries and also was briefed by the Afghan people about the food distribution system in the camp.