Hunger in the news

7 September 2010

Four our consecutive droughts since 2006 have triggered "significant losses" of crops and livestock in Syria, mostly in the northeast of the country, a UN official said on Tuesday. (..) In June, the World Food Programme started delivering food aid to nearly 200,000 people in those three provinces in the second such initiative since the United Nations launched a plan last year to combat the effects of the drought. "The situation is really bad" in northeast Syria, WFP official Selly Muzammil said in June.

4 September 2010

On a dusty, rocky plain patches of dried grass try to poke through. A couple of makeshift tents, composed of scraps of material flapping insecurely in the wind, attract the eye while two swaddled figures can be seen talking in the background. (..) Food handouts have been provided to many remaining in the region but international aid agencies such as the World Food Program are short of funds and have not been able to reach everyone.

29 August 2010

As you drive along the Euphrates river in northern Syria, you see lush green fields, but keep travelling east, and the land that was once filled with life is now dry, barren and empty. (..) The United Nations and the Red Cross along with the Syrian government are providing some help to the families. The World Food Programme (WFP) has started to distribute food to more than 200,000 people and the Red Cross has funded water deliveries. The UN estimates around 800,000 people have left their homes.

6 July 2010

The Syrian government and the UN World Food Program(WFP) on Monday signed a memo of understanding for the Emergency Project No. 200040 on providing assistances to the displaced Iraqis in Syria with a USD 32 million estimated value. (..) The WFP Resident Representative in Damascus, Muhannad Hadi, hailed the Syrian government efforts for providing the displaced Iraqis with requirements , embracing them and granting them the same privileges of the Syrian citizens.

28 June 2010

More rain has signalled the end of three years of a devastating drought in Syria's north-eastern region but it is not falling consistently enough to benefit this year’s harvests, UN agencies have warned. (..) Although official crop yield figures are not yet available, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated this year’s yield to be 2.5-3.3 million tons, significantly less than the target of over 4 million tons. (..) “WFP looks at the impact of rainfall on the livelihood of the households and although some areas have improved, in other areas, specifically in the eastern belt of Hama and Homs and in the badia [desert area] of al-Raqqa, drought conditions remain,” Selly Muzammil, spokesperson for WFP in Syria, said.

27 June 2010

Drought-ravaged areas of Syria continue to face “catastrophe” with tens of thousands of malnourished people excluded from international relief efforts, according to the head of the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) in Damascus. Muhannad Hadi, who is leading the WFP’s emergency response plan in Syria, said 110,000 severely impoverished people would not receive aid, despite UN officers identifying them as needing help.

20 June 2010

The World Food Programme said on Sunday that it has begun handing out food to almost 200,000 people in severely drought-stricken northeast Syria. More than 2,900 tonnes of food rations, made possible by a two-million-euro donation (2.5 million dollars) by the European Commission, was being distributed since the start of June in the provinces of Al-Hasakeh, Al-Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, the UN agency said in a statement.

13 June 2010

The World Food Programme has begun distributing rations to 190,000 people in Eastern Syria but another 110,000 in the drought-hit region still require emergency food aid, the U.N. body said on Sunday. Droughts over the last three years and mismanagement of water resources have reduced large swathes of Eastern Syria to a wasteland, forcing up to one million people to flee to the outskirts of Damascus and other cities.

11 June 2010

The Syrian president issued a law that creates a high committee on modern irrigation co-chaired by the Syrian prime minister of the drought-ridden republic. (..) The World Food Program in a midterm analysis released this year, said thousands of Syrians have fled the drought-wracked eastern parts of the country amid declining food stocks. The WFP report said more than 60,000 families have left the region since early 2009.

31 May 2010

Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri discussed on Monday with the Regional Director of the World Food Program al-Dali Balqassemi aspects of cooperation between the government and the World Food Program (WFP).