Hunger in the news

21 July 2009

A detailed plan to resettle almost 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka is needed to sustain donor assistance, the UN says. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP), which needs $38 million to meet its funding requirements this year, confirmed it had received major pledges from the US and Japan recently. “We have just had a pledge of $14.2 million from the US confirmed. This is a very timely and much appreciated donation. Our shortfall has now been reduced to $15 million, or 16 percent of the total budget for our main operation that provides food assistance,” Adnan Khan, WFP country head in Sri Lanka, told IRIN.

19 July 2009

Conditions in some of the camps housing Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are improving, but there are areas that need urgent attention, a UN report has revealed. (..) World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Adnan Khan confirmed that many NGOs have said they will not be supplying complementary food, including dried chillie, garlic and mustard from the end of this month.

14 July 2009

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) on Monday announced a special loan scheme, “The Awakening North”, with seed capital of Sri Lankan Rs.3,000 million for the resumption of economic activities, including agriculture, livestock rearing, fisheries, and micro and small enterprises, in the Northern province. (..) In another development, the United Nations humanitarian wing said it had observed a significant improvement in access to camps for the war displaced and that the U.N. World Food Programme had delivered nearly 880 metric tonnes of food to camps in Vavuniya.

19 June 2009

The coastal village of Arippu in north-western Sri Lanka has been deserted for years, but people are coming back from nearby towns with the help of UNHCR now the long war with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) seems to be over. (..) The World Food Programme will be supporting the returnees with food rations for the next six months.

16 June 2009

The United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) has agreed to increase relief assistance for the low income communities from US $ 117 million to US $ 135 million with the influx of large numbers of internally displaced persons of the North, Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry Project Director R.H.W.A. Kumarasiri told the Daily News yesterday

1 June 2009

The government says cooked meals are being provided to displaced persons living in welfare villages in Vavuniya since their arrival to government controlled areas during the conflict. A number of local and foreign voluntary organisations are also assisting to this process. Over 250 thousand persons are receiving three meals daily. Speaking to the SLBC, Chairman of the Seva Lanka Foundation Dr. Harsha Kumara Navarathne said 70 kitchens have been set up at these welfare centres to prepare the meals of IDPs. The World Food Programme supplies food items for these people and the security forces coordinate the process. Dr. Navarathne said this programme will continue even after the Government’s 180-day resettlement programme is kicked off. He added that there is no shortage of food, medicine and other requirements of the people living in these centres.

27 May 2009

Speaking to Asian Tribune, the Chairman of the Sewa Lanka Foundation, Dr. Harsha Kumara Navaratne says that at present the Task Force is working with the NGOs, UN agencies and the government institutions to overcome the present difficulties of the welfare camps. Senior Presidential Advisor Rajapaksa has instructed to overcome the present issues such as drinking water, sanitation, shelters, and other major critical matters within two weeks. (...) Responding to questions raised by the Asian Tribune, Navaratne said the World Food Programme and the UN agencies now work with the Competent Authority under one plan. "The Competent Authority daily holds discussions with the NGOs, Government agencies, UN and other responsible parties to solve matters on the spot on an ad hoc basis. This is a good plan which was initiated by President Mahindha Rajapaksa", he said.

22 May 2009

With more than 250,000 Tamils jammed into camps dubbed "welfare villages," Sri Lanka has been condemned by aid agencies and governments around the world for restricting access to the camps and for preventing refugees from leaving. (..) "You have to give the government credit. It's mobilizing resources, and is providing electricity and water supplies to the camps. ... When refugees come into the camp, the World Food Program has a centre providing a regular food supply and nutritional supplements.

21 May 2009

Aid groups and U.N. agencies are urging the Sri Lankan government to give them unrestricted access to camps housing more than a quarter of a million people who have fled the conflict in the northeast of the country. (..) The World Food Programme said new restrictions at Menik Farm are affecting its ability to manage how food aid is provided to residents. "This has had no impact on the delivery of food but some impact on our ability to monitor the orderly distribution of food," said WFP country director Adnan Khan

19 May 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) is boosting food stocks and preparing nutritionally rich food for women and children in order to meet the needs of people who have been displaced in the final days of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war. WFP is already feeding 250,000 people in temporary transit camps in the northern areas affected by recent fighting, but the number of displaced persons is expected to rise to more than 280,000 in coming days.