Hunger in the news

4 November 2010

For long, smallholder farmers have suffered under the exploitation of merchants, who fail to rightly pay due prices for their produces.(..) The system has so far proved to be convenient for both the buyers and the sellers; no wonder international agencies like UN's World Food Programme is in business with the licensed warehouses. During a tour to some of the warehouse stores in Jinja recently, Ms Casar Gina, the deputy executive director, resource management of WFP told farmers that the UN agency was looking at commercialisation of smallholder agriculture as a core pillar of poverty reduction.

30 October 2010

One of the most transformative and sustainable aspects of the Katine project has been the livelihoods element. The aim was to introduce new farming techniques and improved seed varieties to promote food sustainability in the short-term and, in time, increase access to markets. (..) Already the experience has taken them to Lira, in northern Uganda, to talk to another village that, under a World Food Programme initiative, is adopting a similar plan. "We are making Katine known," says Egandat. "It is the best place."

28 October 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) has developed an innovative software application that keeps real-time tabs on rainfall and its impact on local farmers that could help the agency anticipate droughts in Africa before they are felt. The UN agency said the Africa RiskView, the first platform of its kind, could also gauge the effects of climate change over the long-term.

25 October 2010

Following months of good rain, East Africa is headed for a bumper harvest for all major staple food crops, but experts predict that in another six months, the region will face a food crisis attributed to effects of the current rains and poor storage infrastructure. (..) Fears that Uganda will face a staple food crisis were confirmed by the World Food Programme — the single largest buyer of grain from producers. WFP deputy country director Hakan Tongul says while Uganda is “pretty much sufficient in sorghum, millet and maize” its supply of beans is not always enough. WFP has spent an average over $50 million annually over the past three years on buying food in Uganda. Just last year, it purchased 160,000 metric tonnes, most of which was maize.

7 October 2010

Farmers in the Busoga region will benefit from a new World Food Programme maize purchasing model as the agency moves to directly deal with the producers. The initiative launched recently will assist WFP to stock directly from famers instead of the current contracting system. Ms Gina Casar, the deputy executive director, resource management of WFP told farmers in Jinja on Monday that the organisation was working out modalities regarding the new system.

3 October 2010

THE World Food Programme (WFP) country director, Stanlas Samkange, has encouraged the Karimojong to grow cassava alongside sorghum, saying the crop performs well in the sub-region. “The crop has the potential of becoming a major source of food since other crops are failing due to drought. We want to see a boost in agriculture in the sub-region,” Samkange said.”

22 September 2010

One issue that has preoccupied Ugandans since the launch of the East African common market is what they could sell to their regional counterparts in order to compete successfully. (..) According to the World Food Programme, the UN agency responsible for global food security, 1.6 million Kenyans need food assistance this year, and it will take time for the country’s food situation to stabilize. Pastoralists and agro-pastoralists, and people in marginal agricultural areas, are particularly in dire need of food in Kenya.

21 September 2010

United Nations food agencies have started a campaign against the massive sale of food in Karamoja region. The move by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme is aimed at maintaining food security in the famine-stricken region.

21 September 2010

Emmanuel Nsubuga of Lubaali in Kitumbi sub-county said some farmers grow maize because it needs little care and skills. Other farmers are, however, acting on the assurance of the World Food Programme to buy maize for the next season.

14 September 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it needs an additional $8 million (about Shs18 billion) to address food shortages in Karamoja over the next six months. (..) “The joint programme has received in total nearly $8 million (about Shs18 billion) this year from Japan, Spain, Italy, Australia and Norway,” said WFP Uganda Country Director Mr Stanlake Samkange.