Hunger in the news

3 December 2009

"When you are poor and you have AIDS, you live with the threat of death above your head. (..). The desperation of poverty drives many people to areas where the World Food Programme (WFP) or World Vision, an international charity, run feeding programmes.

23 November 2009

EU head of delegation in Zambia Derek Fee on Saturday reiterated that EU’s taxpayers’ money is meant to benefit ordinary Zambians. Dr Fee said this when he committed to Zambia 4.6 million euros about K32 billion through WFP meant for urban food vouchers project during the launch of the Mobile Delivery Tracking in Kafue. The agreement which was signed between Dr Fee and WFP country representative Pablo Recalde would last over 18 months.

20 November 2009

World Food Programme (WFP) country director Ricaldo Pablo has advised farmers to adopt conservation farming to improve production in view of the reduced inputs in the 2009/2010 farming season. (..) “Fertiliser per se cannot change the way we produce or increase average productivity. The Fertiliser Support Programme (FSP) at the moment is probably taking a very large amount of the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and as a result, not allowing for other critical areas of support to the farmers,” he said.

6 November 2009

World Food Programme (WFP) is currently facing challenges to continue its support to the school feeding programme, country director Pablo Recalde has disclosed. And Recalde has said WFP has food stocks to supply as rations to the country’s refugee population up to December this year.

5 November 2009

More than 500 Congolese refugees were yesterday repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from Zambia (..) Home Affairs Deputy Minister, David Phiri, who was the guest of honour at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)-organised repatriation exercise, thanked the UN agency for the milestone achieved in the Congolese repatriation exercise.(..) Others in attendance were the World Food Programme (WFP) country director (..).

30 September 2009

Ongoing extreme changes in Zambia's climate could bring losses of more than US$4 billion in agricultural income in the next 10 years, driving hundreds of thousands into poverty and food insecurity. Agriculture contributes 21 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of $14.3 billion.
These projections were based on a new study of 10-year climate patterns over the past 30 years, including the best and worst 10-year rainfall periods, by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a US-based think-tank.

17 June 2009

So far, various competent crop buyers and other reputable organisations are looking for agricultural produce from Zamace. One such organisation is the World Food Programme (WFP) which has so far invested more than US$ 32 million in Zambia over the last two years to procure food locally from smallholder farmers through Zamace. According to the WFP Zambia Purchase for Progress programme assistant Giuseppe Capristo, his organisation has been buying maize from smallholder and other low-income farmers through Zamace thereby improving farmers’ access to markets.

15 May 2009

JAPAN has given the World Food Programme (WFP) about K15 billion (US$3 million) to help the global humanitarian organisation implement various food security programmes in Zambia.

7 May 2009

Survival skills acquired over the period Congolese refugees have lived in Kala and Mwange refugee camps, are now making them reluctant to go back home despite the return of relative peace to their country. (...) Officials from the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) at Kala Camp confirmed that the food stocks were only enough to last up to June this year. But even then, drastic changes have already started taking place. (...) Late last year, the WFP, which had been feeding about 33,500 vulnerable refugees housed in the four camps (Meheba, Mayukwayukwa, Mwange and Kala), said that it would be forced to end the programme due to a lack of funding.

25 March 2009

The global economic meltdown swept into this company town and took down the copper mine in January. It left in its wake a crisis measured in unsold tomatoes at the market, empty stomachs and desperate people lined up outside Chishimba Kambwili's pink house each morning. (...) Over the past year, malnutrition among children younger than 5 has jumped 15 to 20 percent in urban areas, including Copperbelt towns, said Pablo Recalde, country director for the World Food Program.