Hunger in the news

20 September 2011

One of the tragedies of our time is the prevalence of malnutrition. Maternal and child undernutrition is the underlying cause of 3.5 million deaths in children under five each year.  For those who manage to survive, nearly 200 million children are stunted - that means they are short for their age, more likely to suffer from disease and their intellectual development is affected.

18 September 2011

World Relief, a Christian evangelical aid organization, is collaborating with Kenyan churches and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to stem the tide of acute malnutrition across the northern region of Kenya called Turkana. (..) "We shouldn't just throw these people on the dust heap and say look, your lifestyle is no longer permitted and you need to be a farmer," Smerdon said. Before coming to UNICEF, he was with the World Food Program operating out of northern Kenya.

9 September 2011

(..) Saints QB Drew Brees is again leading the Saints prolific offense. (..) Brees has partnered with the UN World Food Programme, raising awareness of the plight of millions of starving people in East Africa.

8 September 2011

(..) Emilia Casella, global media coordinator for the UN WFP, explained how the agency usually responds to GM-related issues in the face of hunger crises. ‘WFP has responsibility to mobilise as much safe and healthy food as possible for the world's hungry’, says Casella. ‘Governments are free to choose whether or not they accept GM foods. When a country indicates it doesn’t want to use GM foods then we try to identify alternatives. But we can’t guarantee we’ll have those alternatives available on hand as quickly’.

1 September 2011

Drought conditions in parts of Kenya have worsened an already poor food security situation, which has been exacerbated by high food and fuel prices. (..) Community members are given food in exchange for work on new infrastructure or rehabilitation of key assets or for time spent learning new skills to increase food security in the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Food for Assets, also known as Food for Work, projects.

1 September 2011

The Turkana region of Kenya is one of the areas hit hardest by drought in the Horn of Africa. (..)“When their animals are dying and then their people start dying, and they see that one of the major aid agencies or the World Food Program is handing out food somewhere, they can give up - give up their whole way of life and basically just become beggars in these little IDP [internally displaced people] camps. And that’s unfortunately what we saw,” he said.

31 August 2011

As people in other parts of northwestern Kenya's Turkana region queue for food aid to help them through the drought, Nangor Lobongia is among several thousand smallholder farmers who have been able to harvest a reasonable crop of sorghum and maize. (..) "The last three years were very difficult, and for the first time, my family had to depend on aid. I thank God that WFP helped us to rehabilitate our project and we can grow food again."

30 August 2011

More than a dozen white transport trucks stood idling in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on Saturday, each stamped with the bright-red emblem of the Red Cross. (..) “This is a truly serious natural disaster,” says Challiss McDonough, a senior spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in East Africa. “I think it’s heartening to see the outpouring of support that Kenyans have had for their compatriots. I’ve seen T-shirts everywhere I turn with the Kenyans for Kenya logo.”

29 August 2011

(..) "China is increasingly central to international disaster response and humanitarian efforts," said Terri Toyota, director of Government Donor Relations at the World Food Program (WFP). She said China, a recipient of WFP programs, has now become a donor nation playing a vital role in reducing poverty and hunger beyond its borders. "As China continues to make giant strides addressing its own development challenges, it demonstrates 'benevolence beyond its borders', a genuine concern for those less fortunate."

29 August 2011

Drew Barrymore visited Kenya recently as an Ambassador Against Hunger with the World Food Programme. The region is suffering from severe drought, as are many other countries in the Horn of Africa.