Hunger in the news

29 December 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme signed a new partnership agreement with Banque Du Caire 26 December to provide nutritious snacks to vulnerable kindergarten children in Luxor, Upper Egypt. (..) Gianpietro Bordignon, WFP Egypt Representative and Country Director “Research has demonstrated that the right food at the right time, especially in early childhood, ensures good development and has a long reach into early and later years.

21 October 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) said Wednesday it had signed a United Nations agreement with a charity founded by Mercedez-Benz Germany to help some 2,000 needy children in Upper Egypt.

18 August 2010

Egypt is set to import wheat from Argentina after Russia, Egypt’s traditional source of grain, banned wheat exports due to wildfires that have destroyed vast tracts of Russian farmland. (..) Reem Nada, a spokesperson with the United Nations World Food Programme in Cairo, said the organization is keeping an eye on the situation. “It is early days and we are monitoring the situation closely,” she said. “The World Food Programme is concerned at rising wheat prices - any significant price hikes and volatility on food markets may impact poor and hungry people.”

14 May 2010

Celebrity actress and Goodwill Ambassador Hend Sabry held a seminar yesterday at the Egyptian Diplomatic Club, in which she spoke about the UN World Food Programme (WFP), her role in it and her future plans as a Goodwill Ambassador. “We did not start the fire, we are only the fire fighters,” stated Sabry, as she explained the role of the WFP, for which she serves as a regional ambassaor.

5 November 2009

Despite a number of positive economic indicators, Egypt has a hunger problem: Nearly a third of all children are malnourished, according to a new report compiled by the Ministry of Health and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). (..) Poverty levels in Casamance are among the highest in Senegal at more than 60 percent, with nearly half of households vulnerable to food insecurity, according to a 2007 UN World Food Programme (WFP) study.

5 August 2009

Egypt food crisis affects close to half its population. (..)World Food Program (WFP) officials argue that while a sufficient quantity of food is reaching Egyptians, families are not eating food with sufficient nutritional content.
“The food available has sufficient calories, but what is lacking is nutritious food in the sense of its protein content” Gian Pietro Bordignon, WFP Country Director in Egypt, told The Media Line. “Since the food crisis last year and the worldwide financial crisis, in Egypt there is less fresh, nutritious food available.”

26 April 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) helps fight hunger and poverty in Egypt. School feeding programs are especially critical for most vulnerable children. We will learn more about these programs in the following interview with GianPietro Bordignon, WFP Country Director in Egypt.

22 January 2009

The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Jerusalem on Wednesday to begin an assessment of the needs on the ground in the Gaza Strip following the three-week Israeli military offensive that came to a halt just a few days ago, UN officials announced here. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will lead a humanitarian needs assessment team into Gaza on Thursday, together with the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, the officials said. [...] The World Food Program (WFP) is trying to help by delivering flour to bakeries, and WFP-contracted bakeries are now working to produce 5,000 three-kilogram bread parcels per day. WFP also reports that a first shipment of 10 tons of nutritious date bars --supplied by Egypt under WFP's Operation Lifeline Gaza -- made it into Gaza Tuesday. At the same time, the UN agency remains concerned by security constraints, which are limiting access to its warehouses. It does not have access currently to some 520 tons of food, or 12 percent of WFP's current stocks in Gaza.

20 January 2009

After seven hectic days in the Middle East, the UN chief is heading back to New York. Ban Ki-moon's aim when he left was to press for a ceasefire in Gaza, and call for humanitarian aid to be delivered to those in need. He returns with two ceasefires, and no Egyptian-negotiated truce agreement between Israel and Hamas. [...] In the end, Israel stuck to its own timetable of wrapping up the military offensive in Gaza - in time for the inauguration of US President Barack Obama. However Mr Ban did publicly call for Israel to call a unilateral ceasefire, it became clear to him that the Egyptian peace talks weren't reaching agreement on how to stop Hamas smuggling weapons into Gaza and how to re-open the border crossings into the strip to allow food and aid to get in. And Israel did call a unilateral ceasefire, so at the very least that was an astute reading of Israel's options by the softly spoken secretary general.

12 January 2009

Growing numbers of Palestinians are fleeing their homes for makeshift shelters in schools, office buildings and a park as the Israeli Army continues to press its military campaign deeper into Gaza City. According to the United Nations, about 30,000 people are living in schools it sponsors and an estimated 60,000 have fled to the houses of relatives. The figures still represent a small part of Gaza's 1.5 million population but have doubled in the past four days, United Nations officials said, raising concerns about the humanitarian impact of a broader war.