Hunger in the news

1 March 2010

More than 200,000 hectares of the current maize crop in Zimbabwe has been written off after being scorched during the dry spell that affected the country during December and January.(..)FEWSNET said the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) planned to scale up its food assistance activities from January to cover the food insecure population.

4 February 2010

The United Nations WFP on Thursday said its UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Ghana had airlifted 150 metric tons of urgently needed relief items to victims of the Haiti earthquake.(..)Mr. Ismail Omer, WFP Representative in Ghana said:" this is the first time the Accra deport has airlifted items to a country outside Africa since it began operations in 2007. To date, we have responded to emergencies in 17 African countries including Ghana. We're happy to help Haiti at a critical time like this".

25 January 2010

The United Nations has given the World Food Program another five million dollars for its feeding programs in Zimbabwe, amid reports that the government will boost cereal imports to offset looming maize shortages due to drought. The World Food Program's spokesman for Southern Africa, Richard Lee, told VOA the new funding should “make a large difference” in hitting the organization's Zimbabwe funding target of US$20 million.

18 January 2010

The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET) says Zimbabwe is staring hunger this year, warning that crops in the southern half of the country are already wilting due to moisture stress. (..) FEWSNET said the United Nations’ World Food Programme planned to scale up its food assistance activities from January to cover the food insecure population.

11 December 2009

Inter-community conflicts in South-Ubangi district, Equator province in DRC have already affected 55 villages in five territories, leading to 70 000 people internally displaced and approximately 77 000 externally displaced, the United Nations Statistics bureau in charge of co-ordinating humanitarian affairs said yesterday.(..)WFP and other UN aid agencies are ready to distribute assistance to the internally displaced persons but the recent worsening of the security situation in the country does not favour commencement of aid distribution.

17 November 2009

President Robert Mugabe called for the West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe, which he said were designed by "neo-colonialist enemies" who want his land reforms to fail. (..) Around 2.8 million of the more than 12 million people living in Zimbabwe might need humanitarian assistance before the next harvest in April 2010, according to the latest crop and food supply assessment from the United Nations World Food Program.

14 November 2009

My Sunday column tells the extraordinary story of Tererai Trent, who grew up impoverished in northern Zimbabwe and was able (..) to get an education. (..) So does a free school lunch program (through UNICEF and WFP), at 11 cents per child per school day.

3 November 2009

Youth militia and war veterans in Zimbabwe's Manicaland province have threatened to disrupt distribution of food aid if non-governmental organizations continue to pass out food without members of the former ruling ZANU-PF party being present, sources said. (..) Director Forbes Matonga of Christian Care, a distribution agent for the United Nations World Food Program, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that despite the pressure from ZANU-PF, his organization would not interrupt its distribution operations.

31 October 2009

The dramatic up-scaling of violence against the few remaining Zimbabwean commercial farmers and their workers is cause for great concern, both for food security in Zimbabwe and for the region. (..) In February this year, the World Food Program (WFP) announced that it aimed to provide food assistance to 5.1 million people across Zimbabwe - the highest number of beneficiaries in a single month since the regional crisis began in 2002. In January, WFP assisted 4.3 million people.

13 October 2009

The Australian government plans to provide $7 million of support to Zimbabwe farmers during the 2009-2010 summer crop season in an effort to boost food production in the southern African nation.(..)Australia will provide a further A$5 million ($4.5 million) to the World Food Program to feed hungry Zimbabweans