Hunger in the news

11 May 2009

More than 1.2 million Ghanaians wake up each day with no surety of getting food to eat. This means they have limited access to sufficient and nutritious food throughout the year, says a study undertaken by the United Nations World Food Programme and the Ghana Statistical Service.

7 May 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme, in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service and other partners, launched today the findings of the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA), the first nationwide food security baseline survey in Ghana. The findings indicate that about 1.2 million people (about 5 percent of the population) are food insecure with limited access to sufficient and nutritious food throughout the year.

6 May 2009

About two million Ghanaians are at risk of becoming food insecure during lean seasons or at the onset of a shock, natural or man-made disaster. (...) The CFSVA, the first nationwide food security baseline survey in Ghana to provide an in-depth picture of food insecurity, was conducted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service and other partners.

4 May 2009

Rising inflation and drops in foreign investment, exports and remittances are combining with high food prices to increase the number of Ghanaians vulnerable to food insecurity, the World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organization say in a joint assessment. The impact could halt the progress Ghana has made in reducing hunger and poverty, says Jean-Martin Bauer, WFP food market specialist.

28 April 2009

Like most inhabitants of Bogni, a small farming village in northern Ghana, Mahamadu Zuuru has been a peasant farmer all his life. He grows a mix of crops: maize, sorghum, field peas and ground nuts, among others. Yet he does not produce enough to feed his family, let alone surplus that he could sell at a profit. (…)Zuuru considered borrowing a bag of maize from a wealthier community member. This is normal practice – those who are better off lend foods to poorer people during the peak hunger season. After harvesting, Zuuru would have to pay back double the quantity borrowed. But Zuuru was about to receive more good news from "the NGO people." During the planning and design of FARM-2, it was considered unfair to give seeds to poor farmers who had nothing to eat at the time and to insist they plant all the seeds without eating any. And so the World Food Programme (WFP) had been approached to assist the farmers with food so they could eat while they planted the seeds and waited for the harvest.

24 April 2009

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme Josette Sheeran and Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Jacque Diouf have pledged to assist Ghana to increase food production in the face of the looming world food crisis. The two institutions pledged their support when they called on President John Evans Atta Mills at the Castle Osu to discuss strategies to ensure food security.

24 April 2009

The UN food agencies on Thursday warned that Ghana risks losing the gains it has made in an anti-hunger drive due to the twin brakes of global financial downturn and high food prices. "The global financial crisis is a major threat to the progress that Ghana has made in the fight against hunger and poverty," Josette Sheeran, World Food Programme (WFP) executive director said.

4 March 2009

THE DEPUTY Chief Nutrition Officer and Programme Manager of the Nutrition Malaria Control for Child Survival Project (NMCCSP) at the Nutrition Department of the Ghana Health Service, Headquarters, Accra, Madam Hannah Adjei, has expressed concern over the high incidence of malaria among children. Speaking at a forum in Bolgatanga, the nutritionist said malaria remained the single largest killer of children, accounting for about 26% of deaths, and 40% of out-patient and hospital admission cases. [...] The Upper East Regional Acting Nutrition Officer, Madam Fati Wasai-Bobtoya, identified disease, poverty and hunger, as the major causes of severe malaria and malnutrition among children. She said when children were malnourished, it took a very long time for them to recover, and that there was the need for all and sundry to play pivotal roles to deal with the situation. Madam Wasai-Bobtoya thanked the World Food Programme for its emergency food supply towards improving the nutrition status of malnourished children at the various rehabilitation centres across the region.

27 February 2009

Currently, Ghana is an economy that is being held together with bailing wire and glue, strangled in a madman's race to see what kills it first, corporate food and medical nightmares or the ever increasing march to global financial war. [...] The big question now for Africa is how badly it will be bruised by the global financial meltdown. “It's becoming clear that many developing countries — African countries — will not be immune to the spillover effects of this global financial crisis,” says CEO, Gold Coast Securities, Ben Kujar. So, we consider that … particularly poor people within these countries are now in a kind of danger zone. And the danger for them lies in the fact that they're taking a hit from what I call the “Four Fs” — the fuel crisis, food crisis, the fertilizer crisis and now the financial crisis.” Ben Kujar is referring to the massive rise in the price of the three commodities — fuel, food and fertilizer — over the past year or so that has prompted riots in several African countries, including Ghana. He warns that the current global turbulence could certainly have a knock-on effect on the continent

17 February 2009

FORMER PRESIDENT John Agyekum Kufuor returned home Saturday night after a 10-day visit to Italy and the United Kingdom, where he accepted appointments to high offices of three international organizations. [...] While in Italy, former President Kufuor accepted an offer to serve as Global Ambassador on Hunger for the World Food Programme (WFP) of the UN. The offer was made by WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki- Moon.