Hunger in the news

14 January 2010

Nearly half way through the Afghan winter, unusually warm and dry weather is raising fears of a drought that could cause food shortages, undermine efforts to slash poppy growing and worsen security problems.(..)Behind the banter are serious concerns for a country where around one-third of the people are already "food insecure" - forced to live with hunger and fear of starvation - according to the country head of the WFP, Stefano Porretti.

6 January 2010

The UN has stepped up efforts to help tens of thousands of Afghan refugees survive the bitter cold in eastern Afghanistan. (..) The World Food Program and World Health Organization (WHO) have also provided extra assistance to vulnerable Afghans in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar, which are near the rugged border with Pakistan.

28 December 2009

U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan said Monday they are investigating reports that 10 Afghan civilians (..) were killed Saturday. (..) Meanwhile, the U.N. World Food Programme said Monday that one of its workers in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was among eight people killed in a bombing on Christmas Eve. (..) "I am shocked and saddened by this terrible loss," WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of this dedicated man whose courage and commitment have contributed to our ability to provide food assistance to the hungry in southern Afghanistan."

21 December 2009

While international forces in Afghanistan battle militants hiding in the mountains, aid agencies are fighting an even more elusive enemy: malnutrition. The World Food Program and UNICEF have launched a project to feed thousands of mothers and children — some too weak to cry. Aid workers hope a high-protein diet distributed through a network of village clinics can help them through the winter.

9 December 2009

An increase in fuel prices and winter-related road blockages in different parts of Afghanistan are driving up food prices, despite a bumper 2009 wheat harvest (..) Food aid pledges from India and other countries, as well as UN World Food Programme aid are designed to help the most food insecure.

8 December 2009

Up to 2,000 families have been forced out of their homes in Nawzad District in the southern Afghan province of Helmand following clashes between Taliban insurgents and government forces over the past week (..). The UN does not operate in Helmand Province due to insecurity there but some UN agencies such as the UN World Food Programme (WFP) implement aid projects through local partners.

1 December 2009

UNHCR has begun a winter aid programme in Afghanistan for 200,000 most vulnerable people, mainly internally displaced persons and returnees from Iran and Pakistan.(..)Over 27,400 tons of food aid items have also been prepositioned in 18 of the country’s 34 provinces, the UN WFP reported.

30 November 2009

Russia is preparing to send 21,000 metric tons of high-quality flour as food aid to Afghanistan (..) Georgy Mishin said the delivery, worth $5 million, would be part of Russia's annual contribution to the UN World Food Program.

24 November 2009

The first shipment of Afghan apples for sale in the Indian market - branded the 'the Silk Road Harvest' - left Kabul for New Delhi by an Air India Flight on November 11, 2009. (..). Indian projects in the sector include (..) provision of high-protein biscuits to Afghan schoolchildren under a WFP programme.

15 November 2009

In Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme is set to start a school feeding program for impoverished Iraqi children on November 16th. The program was to get underway at the end of September but delays in food procuremement and customs delayed the start of the school meals which will benefit 170,000 Iraqi children.