Hunger in the news

21 October 2011

Vulnerable people living with HIV in Zimbabwe are benefiting from an electronic voucher scheme being used to fight malnutrition among people on antiretroviral (ARV) therapy and their families by providing them with nutritious food. The system, introduced by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and implemented by the health ministry and NGOs, involves identifying malnourished patients who are then given electronic vouchers to buy food at specific shops.

20 September 2011

PRESIDENT Mugabe says the international community should help eradicate non-communicable diseases in Africa by channelling more assistance to the continent. (..) "Global food agencies such as the World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation have noted that many families in developing countries suffer from lack of balanced diet, rendering them susceptible to NCDs.

22 August 2011

Hunger and chronic malnutrition are on the rise in Zimbabwe, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said. (..) The ministry is working in conjunction with the nutrition cluster of organisations in the country that include UN Children's Fund, International Organisation for Migration, Goal, World Vision, the World Food Programme and Plan International.

29 March 2011

In 2008, Zimbabwe harvested less than 500 000 tonnes of maize. Two years down the line, maize production more than doubled in 2009 and 2010 to 1,27 and 1,35 million tonnes respectively. According to a FAO/WFP statement, Zimbabwe has 1,66 million tonnes of cereals available, against a total needs forecast of 2,09 million tonnes in the marketing year 2010/11 (April/ March).

25 March 2011

One in three children in Zimbabwe suffers from chronic malnutrition, according to a new study by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the country's public health authorities, who have urged action to help vulnerable women as well as children. (..) World Food Program HIV/AIDS adviser and nutritionist Francesca Elderman told VOA Studio 7 reporter Tatenda Gumbo that regional organizations are putting together nutritional supplement packages to relieve the crisis.

21 March 2011

Zimbabwe does not have the money to transport food aid to areas experiencing acute shortages, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said on Monday. (..) Combined estimates by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme said about 1.7 million people out of its population of 12 million would need food aid.

11 March 2011

A dry spell that has persisted for over a month, adversely affecting crops in many parts of Zimbabwe, could mean a lean year ahead for farmers. (..) Harvests improved in 2009 and 2010, but about 1.7 million people are still food insecure and in need of assistance according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

7 February 2011

The Famine Early Warning System and Network (FEWSNET) has downgraded Zimbabwe’s food security forecast amid revelations that 400 000 more people are in danger of starvation between now and the harvest in March. (..) "The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Food Programme (WFP) Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission estimated that an additional 400 000 people in the urban areas will not be able to meet their food needs in the 2010/11 consumption year,” .

26 October 2010

A cartoon in a high school geography textbook depicts an obese man, with a plate of chicken by his side, sitting in front of the television watching malnourished people. (..) According to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) there has been a reduction in the production of maize, the main staple food, over the last fifteen years.

9 October 2010

Zimbabwe has again been classified as one of 22 countries in “protracted crisis”(..). “Faced with so many obstacles, it is little wonder that protracted crises can become a self-perpetuating vicious cycle...They represent ongoing and fundamental threats to both lives and livelihoods, from which recovery may become progressively more difficult over time,” said the preface to the report, signed jointly by FAO Director General Jacques Diouf and World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran.