Hunger in the news

5 September 2011

The United Nations (UN) humanitarian agencies need a written request from the Federal Government to start relief operations in rain affected areas of Sindh and other parts of the country. Talking to APP on Monday, a World Food Programme (WFP) official said that the UN humanitarian agencies were ready for the purpose and would start the relief work in rain affected areas as soon as a written request was received from the Federal Government.

20 August 2011

Heavy monsoon rains and flooding have reportedly affected over 2 million people in Pakistan's southern Sindh and eastern Punjab provinces. (..) World Food Program (WFP) said in a recent report that diseases could spread due to faulty shelter, lack of clean drinking water and defective health care arrangements.

11 August 2011

The most troubling news to emerge from Pakistan in recent days has little to do with militancy or other headline-grabbing scourges that afflict the country. Rather, it relates to a new Oxfam report's finding that more than a third of the country's population -- about 60 million people -- is undernourished. (..) Even before last year's devastating floods, which destroyed more than 2 million hectares of arable land, the World Food Program estimated that 77 million Pakistanis were going hungry.

9 August 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) have launched a joint initiative designed to improve the country’s natural disaster early warning system.

7 August 2011

As the famine in Somalia grows more desperate by the day, international aid organizations are feeling the pressure to step up efforts to help prevent mass death and starvation.(..) The same holds true in places like Afghanistan, Sudan, and Pakistan, which count among a small number of highly violent environments, with vulnerable populations suffering from natural disasters, resource shortages, soaring food prices, and rampant terrorism. (..) Gordon Brown, a longtime field security officer for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), says that for the U.N., there is no dilemma as to whether to provide aid or not. “We just need to decide how to provide aid to the safest extent possible,” said Brown in a telephone interview from WFP headquarters in Rome.

8 July 2011

As part of efforts to boost emergency preparedness and capacity to deal with disasters, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday handed over a mini-van and a warehouse to Director General (DG) Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh Pir Bakhsh Jamali.

12 June 2011

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) plan to give cash compensation to 12,000 families residing in Jalozai camp.

10 June 2011

In collaboration with the World Food Programme, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), KP, has planned to provide compensation money worth Rs 4,750 per family monthly to IDPs of Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber Agencies in Jalozai camp.

10 June 2011

Thirty per cent of Pakistani children cannot attend school due to nutritional deficiencies, according to a survey conducted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

9 June 2011

Although the military commander of the area has denied any immediate plan to launch an operation against militants in North Waziristan, civil departments and United Nations agencies are preparing for an influx of displaced persons from the area. (..) They said a contingency plan was chalked out after a meeting of Provincial Disaster Management Authority, World Health Organisation, Unicef, World Food Programme, (..) was updated about the situation two days ago.