Hunger in the news

28 June 2011

(..) The drought has caused big spikes in food prices. The price of grain in Kenya is now 30-80% above average. That kind of increase is taking its toll on many moderately poor families. As you've probably heard by now, George is working with the UN World Food Programme as an Ambassador Against Hunger.

16 February 2011

A combination of drought and high food prices has affected at least 120,000 people in Djibouti, according to a joint rapid assessment of the impact of drought in rural areas by the government of Djibouti, UN agencies and FEWS Net. "Both rural and urban households are affected by the drought at different levels, with 60,000 directly food-insecure in rural areas," Mario Touchette, the World Food Programme (WFP) representative in Djibouti, told IRIN.

2 February 2011

IRIN interviewed Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh on 27 January in Arta about the drought, humanitarian challenges and regional issues. Q: Is the current drought in Djibouti more serious than previous ones? (..) In Djibouti, we are continuously monitoring the drought situation. There are some parts, particularly the eastern part of the country, that are more seriously affected than other parts. We have sent teams there to make sure that people [in need] are reached before it is too late. Government ministries are working with [the UN] WFP [World Food Programme] to mitigate the situation.

10 February 2010

A poor rainy season in the east African country of Djibouti is causing concern. (..) “WFP is following the current situation in Djibouti closely, together with the government and other partners, and is concerned by the poor performance of the rains in some parts the country,” Peter Smerdon of the WFP told MediaGlobal.

13 January 2010

The main rainy season in Djibouti has been poor, prompting fears that some pastoralist households could face serious food shortages in the coming months.(..)"WFP is following the current situation in Djibouti closely together with the government and other partners and is concerned by the poor performance of the rains in some parts of the country," Marcus Prior, WFP spokesman in Nairobi, said.

9 March 2009

This is a season when a series of vessels loaded with tens of thousands of tons of aid cargo and fertilizer arrive at the Port of Djibouti all at the same time. This time around though, there are two additions to the cargo - a huge amount of cement and tens of thousand of wheat government has imported to stabilize domestic prices - contributing to what industry operators say is an already congested the port. [...] The most affected are not only businesses. Aid cargo is not flowing as much as it should, creating uncertainty about the distribution of relief inside the country. Warehouses inside the Port of Djibouti and elsewhere in the town used by the World Food Programme (WFP) are all full, observers there disclosed. This was confirmed by WFP officials in Addis. "A large quantity of WFP's food is at the port," Paulette Jones, WFP spokeswoman in Addis Abeba, was quoted by IRIN last week. "These [food] commodities are needed urgently to assist beneficiaries who are still suffering from the impact of the drought, high food prices and [low] global food stocks."

28 February 2009

In the Horn of Africa, the country of Djibouti struggles to produce its own food due to successive droughts. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reports that Djibouti’s population of about 632,000 depends entirely on imported food. With high poverty and low education levels within the country, WFP has been implementing school feeding programs. Giorgia Testolin, Country Director of WFP Djibouti, talks about this Food for Education initiative.

17 February 2009

With malnutrition rates as high as 25 percent in some areas, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is alarmed at the condition of children under five in Djibouti's slum areas. "This is a chronic but silent emergency," Georges Gonzales, the acting UNICEF representative in Djibouti, told IRIN. [...] Community-based organisations were also involved, being trained by UNICEF to work within the health system. These community groups, mostly women, do simple screenings to identify children with malnutrition symptoms and are trained to provide ready-to-use therapeutic food. "They are our first line of defence," said a medical official. In one of the health centres supported by UNICEF, with WFP and WHO and support from USAID, dozens of women with malnourished children come for feeding and screening, said Madina Ali, a doctor.

10 February 2009

Drought, high food prices and a weak response from donors have left a large proportion of Djibouti’s population without enough to eat, despite some level of economic growth, the UN Resident Coordinator said. "Djibouti has been suffering over the last few years, not only from the drought situation that the Horn of Africa is facing, but it is also one of the countries severely hit by the global food crisis," Sunil Saigal said. [...] "We don’t quite know how many people are actually in Djibouti right now," Saigal told IRIN in Djibouti. "[But] a very large percentage is highly food-insecure. WFP [UN World Food Programme] is operating on the basis of 328,000 moderately food-insecure."