Hunger in the news

10 September 2009

The agricultural and livestock sector in Burundi will benefit, over the next four years, from an investment of US$ 40 million from the European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP), PANA learnt from an official source in Bujumbura.

19 May 2009

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that it had assisted in the return to Burundi of more than 500 refugees who had spent the last ten years in Rwanda. (..) A truck and bus convoy brought the refugees returning to Burundi to a transit centre, where they were provided with assistance, non- food items and food rations from UNHCR, the World Food Programme (WFP) and humanitarian partners.

29 April 2009

Weeks of torrential rains in and around Bujumbura have worsened living conditions for thousands of residents of an informal settlement on the outskirts of the capital, most of whom have been displaced for years. (...) On 24 April, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) distributed food relief to last the residents 10 days: each person received 22kg of maize flour, 2.5kg of beans, 1.25kg of oil and 250g of salt. Ricky Nelly Ndagano, a programme officer in charge of communication at WFP, said the agency would evaluate residents' needs. "After this first relief, we are planning to assess the needs in food and non-food items and what further assistance the organisation can bring to the Sabe destitute," she said.

23 January 2009

Uganda and Burundi have put two battalions on standby to send to war-torn Somalia to fill the gap left by withdrawing Ethiopian troops, a Ugandan army spokesman said Friday. "There is no time framework under which we will send our soldiers there," Major Felix Kulayigye told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "We have a battalion ready, and it is just a matter of waiting for the logistics and then we will go." Ethiopia is pulling its forces out of Somalia after a two-year occupation that has failed to defeat Islamist forces, reported dpa. [...] The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday that it might have to stop distributing food in Somalia if the safety of its staff cannot be guaranteed. Two WFP aid workers were shot in early January, adding to another five killed last year.

12 January 2009

THE World Food Programme (WFP) has began buying food directly from small-holding farmers in Uganda to boost opportunities for poverty eradication. The UN food agency said in a statement yesterday that it bought $53m worth of food locally last year for recipients in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DR Congo. The statement said the agency plans to increase the purchases to more than $100m annually in three years. The country director, Stanlake Samkange, said WFP recently started buying food through the warehouse receipt system to increase direct assistance to small-scale farmers and support the Government poverty eradication efforts. “Buying food directly from small-scale farmers, especially at high prices, helps further by improving the quality of life for the poorest people,” Samkange said in the statement.