Hunger in the news

31 March 2011

The Office of the Prime Minister has cleared 6,184 acres of farm land in Karamoja and supplied the communities with maize, beans, sorghum, peas and cassava cuttings as part of interventions to ensure food security in the region.(..)Representing the development partners, the World Food Programme country representative, Stanlake Samkange, said they had shifted their approach in Karamoja from humanitarian activities to funding development opportunities.

21 March 2011

AT least 50% of the children enrolled in schools in Karamoja sub-region have dropped out before the end of the first academic term. (..) Ochaya said despite World Food Programme aiding schools in terms of food, the retention of children remained a big challenge.

16 March 2011

With only six acres of land in Nadiket village Nadunget Sub County in Moroto district where World Food Programme (WFP) started an irrigation pilot project, the Karimojong are now earning big with the sale of vegetables.

3 March 2011

Forecast poor rains have dashed Uganda's hopes for a higher maize harvest this year with production expected to be unchanged from last year, a senior government official said on Wednesday. (..) Uganda consumed 1.2 tonnes of maize last year, much of it bought by the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) for relief operations in South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

8 February 2011

WFP brought KC, the Philippines' national ambassador against hunger, on a visit to the agency's operations in Uganda's impoverished Karamoja region. The team also visited the grain basket district of Kapchorwa, a place which showbiz linguists quickly passed off as chorva-chorva (in Filipino, anu-ano, meaning just about anything). KC said the whole experience was an eye-opener as it was also life-changing.

31 January 2011

Actress and television host Kristina Cassandra “KC” Concepcion has described her recent five-day field mission to visit the United Nations World Food Programme operations in Uganda’s impoverished Karamoja region, as well as in the grain basket district of Kapchorwa in the east of the country, as "an eye-opener and life-changing experience."

31 January 2011

Actress-TV Host and Phillipines Ambassador of United Nation's World Food Program (WFP) KC Concepcion has just got back from her 5-day Mission in Uganda. She said that what she experienced in Uganda really taught her so many things and that also changed her perspective about life.

25 January 2011

A sun-scorched plain of arid soil stretches from horizon to horizon - the flat landscape broken only by human figures walking to a remote primary school to collect food. (..) Food aid has been coming here since 1963. In 2009, one million people needed emergency help. This year, it is expected to be 200,000. The World Food Programme (WFP) admits that emergency has now become routine, which is why it is changing its way of tackling the problem. "Just keeping people alive in the same conditions they've been in the past is not good enough," explains Stanlake Samkange, the WFP director for Uganda.

16 January 2011

Actress KC Concepcion, the United Nations-World Food Programme’s (UN-WFP) national ambassador, on Sunday asked for prayers as her group readies to travel to remote areas in Uganda. In a text message to her “The Buzz” co-host Charlene Gonzales, Concepcion said she and her group are “going on a 10-hour road trip and no signal for 2 days.”

14 January 2011

LAST year, the World Food Programme (WFP) purchased 30% more grain from local farmers to meet its regional humanitarian obligations. According to the UN agency, they sourced 153,000 tonnes of assorted grains last year compared to 118,000 tonnes in 2009. Most of this grain was bought from traders, but also from small-holder farmers.