Hunger in the news

5 April 2011

Humanitarian agencies are rushing to help thousands of displaced people in Ivory Coast who are in urgent need of assistance.(..)Jean-Philippe Chauzy, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said, “Currently, IOM has deployed in Duekoue, alongside Caritas, colleagues from UNHCR and the World Food Program, and what we’re doing at the moment is carrying out the very first registration of the displaced.

1 April 2011

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has released the latest funding update for its hunger relief mission for war-torn Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia. The Cote d'Ivoire emergency operation is still short of 11 million dollars needed to provide food to war victims inside the country.

1 April 2011

France on Thursday pledged 2.5 million euros (3.5 million dollars) in humanitarian aid to people displaced by the violence in Ivory Coast. The foreign ministry said 1.5 million euros would go towards the United Nations World Food Programme, to help feed people who fled the fighting to other parts of the country or into neighbouring Liberia.

30 March 2011

Aid agencies say they urgently need funds to help the nearly one million people displaced by violence in Ivory Coast, and the slow response to their appeals is putting lives at risk.(..)"WFP is trying to resort to some internal mechanisms of advance financing and food loans from other WFP programmes in neighbouring countries," Malek Triki, WFP's regional spokesman for West Africa, said.

29 March 2011

Thousands of supporters of Ivory Coast’s President Laurent Gbagbo enlisted in his army last week, fueling fears of renewed chaos in West Africa.(..)The Obama administration pledged $12 million to the World Food Program to help feed the tens of thousands of Ivorians seeking refuge in neighboring Liberia.

23 March 2011

More than 400 people have died and 500,000 have fled ongoing violence in the West African country since its presidential incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to step down after losing November's elections. (..) Yet the World Food Programme's "relatively limited" £700,000 Japan tsunami appeal was filled "almost instantly", spokesman Caroline Hurford said.

22 March 2011

As the world focuses on Libya and Japan, UN aid agencies are warning that Ivory Coast is rapidly becoming a forgotten humanitarian catastrophe. (..) For the World Food Programme, the situation is even worse. No funding for the $16m we need to buy food on the market to get it into Ivory Coast," said spokeswoman Emilia Casella.

21 March 2011

The United States Agency for International Development's Office of Food for Peace has approved a $4.5-million contribution to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in food aid for Ivory Coast. It also approved another contribution of $7.5 million for Ivorian refugees in Liberia.

20 March 2011

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace has approved a food aid contribution of US$12 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia in humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the growing violence in Cote d'Ivoire.

16 March 2011

The conflict in Côte d’Ivoire has not received much attention in the U.S., but what you have is a humanitarian crisis unfolding not just in that country, but also in neighboring Liberia. When violence recently escalated in Côte d’Ivoire, many civilians were displaced and some fled to Liberia. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has the task of reaching hungry war victims in both countries.