Hunger in the news

5 April 2011

The New York Times is reporting that the United States now wants Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. It is hoped these negotiations will lead to a peaceful resolution of the standoff between protesters and pro-Saleh forces.(..)The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has a plan to distribute emergency rations to about 1.8 million Yemenis to bring some relief.

31 March 2011

As politicians wrangle over Yemen's political future and rival military factions patrol the streets of the capital, another major crisis is looming over Yemen, the country's failing economy, and its one which requires more than meetings and empty rhetoric to resolve.(..)Food prices are already starting to go up - the price of vegetable oil and wheat flour has risen by nearly YR 50 in the past week, according to the World Food Program.

20 March 2011

We hear news reports daily of increasing protests and deadly violence coming from Yemen. (..) Food assistance programs run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF barely receive any funding. The World Food Programme is planning to run a massive safety net operation to reach about 1.8 million Yemenis with a food ration.

7 March 2011

A Yemeni official has met separately with JICA and the World Food Programme (WFP) officials to discuss cooperation aspects in education and food program areas.

2 March 2011

Saada governor Taha Hajer discussed on Tuesday with officials of the World Food Programme (WFP) the level of aid provided by WFP for the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the governorate.

28 February 2011

Saada Governor Taha Hajar met here on Monday with Deputy Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen, Adham Musallam, who is currently visiting the province. Musallam's visit to Saada aimed to know about the food aid needed by the province as well as the activities carried out by the WFP's branch therein during the last period.

24 February 2011

The U.N. food aid agency is planning to provide 1.8 million poor Yemenis with additional food supplies for six months from May in an effort to help them cope with rising prices that are contributing to political tensions in the southern Arabian nation. (..) "The primary cause of the (recent) unrest is political, but food insecurity and poverty are aggravating factors,” Cirri said. “They are referred to more and more by large sections of the population as a reason for discontent. With the rise in food prices, this is really bad news for the stability of the country."

24 February 2011

William Lambers is a journalist and author who decided to use his writings to advocate against world hunger.
Driven by passion and willingness to know more about hunger in the world, Lambers has extensively read and written about food issues in many countries from Bhutan to Yemen. In his 2009 book “Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World,” Lambers examines through over 50 interviews, how a number of international food organizations are implementing school feeding programs.

21 February 2011

We have seen the news flooding in about protests against the President of Yemen. Whether this turns out to be another Egypt is anyone's guess, but it's past time to pay attention to Yemen. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says, "acute malnutrition in children and women appears to be concentrated in five governorates: Al-Hodieda, Dhamar, Hajja, Ibb and Taiz together have 61.5 percent of all acutely malnourished children below the age of 5 and 57.7 percent of all acutely malnourished women between 15 and 49 years."

20 February 2011

Poverty, repression, decades of injustice and mass unemployment have all been cited as causes of the political convulsions in the Middle East and north Africa these last weeks. But a less recognised reason for the turmoil in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and now Iran has been rising food prices, directly linked to a growing regional water crisis. (..) The pressure on natural resources is increasing, and the pressure on the land is great," said Giancarlo Cirri, the UN World Food Programme representative in Yemen.