Hunger in the news

19 October 2011

ZAMBIA on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Day Food with the objective of encouraging attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral, and non-governmental efforts. (..) “Across the world, we are building the bridge between hunger and hope for millions of people,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “WFP is providing life-saving food assistance in the midst of crises like the drought in the Horn of Africa.

16 August 2011

“Enrolment in the education sector at grades one to seven increased by 108 per cent from 1.6 million pupils in 2000 to the current 3.3 million in 2011,” President Rupiah Banda observed this during the eve of Africa Freedom Day this year under the theme ‘Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’.(..)WFP Zambia Deputy Country Director Purnima Kashyap said with the government support, the programme will translate into Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF). “This reflects the commitment of the government to support its vulnerable population by reducing hunger and promoting human development,” Dr. Kashyap believes.

23 February 2011

Zambia has successfully concluded a high-level national nutrition convention held from 17-18 February 2011 in Livingstone. The convention with the theme “accelerating nutrition actions in Zambia” was organized by the National Food and Nutrition Commission and stakeholders that included the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The convention resolved to scale up activities aimed at mitigating malnutrition among children.

15 February 2011

THE World Food Programme says it plans to spend about US$16 million on a social protection programme for the vulnerable beginning this year. WFP country representative Pablo Recalde said the programme was set to take off soon and would run until 2015. “WFP Zambia will spend approximately US $16 million to implement a country programme that will provide social protection to vulnerable people. This includes home-grown school feeding, electronic food vouchers and food provision to refugees,” he said in an interview.

29 October 2010

GOVERNMENT and two other co-operating partners have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to eradicate hunger in the country through the ‘Zero Hunger Zambia’ programme into which US$600,000 has been pledged. The other two partners are Brazil and the World Food Programme (WFP).

8 July 2010

BRAZILIAN President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva has said it is unimaginable that developing countries can still continue to be excluded from global decision making processes. (..) “The challenge to fight social exclusion and poverty is the central issue of our dialogue. The agreement on food security that we will establish will allow us to disseminate technologies…inspired by the Brazilian Zero Hunger Programme the World Food Programme…wants Zambia to serve as a role model to ensure welfare, well being and dignity for all,” President Lula said.

15 June 2010

“Yes, 45 per cent of Zambian children are stunted! And yes, Zambia is among the ten most malnourished countries in the world! But how is that possible in a country that is experiencing a bumper harvest this year?” (..) According to Ms. Miniva Chibuye, Coordinator of the JCTR's Social Conditions Programme, these school feeding programmes have “the potential of being a practical way of responding to the issue of chronic poverty.” That's why they have been encouraged and supported by the GRZ Ministry of Education, the UN World Food Programme, and several other groups that were involved with the study and present at last week's launch.

1 April 2010

Some organs under the United Nations office in Zambia have expressed worry over the poor town planning in Lusaka which has forced residents in most compounds to relocate owing to floods.(..)And World Food programme Country representative Pablo Recalde says government should find a permanent solution for people living in flood prone compounds.

12 March 2010

WFP country director Pablo Recalde has observed that there is a lot of poverty in Zambia because of the unevenly distribution of wealth between the poor and the rich. In an interview after the launch of the WFP food voucher programme in Ndola at Mukuba Hotel yesterday, Recalde said WFP hoped to turn the poor in Zambia into an investment power to lead the charge towards long term sustainable growth.

28 December 2009

Food shortages in Zambia result from high dependence on rain-fed cultivation where drought usually entails a food crisis.
This is particularly common among small-scale farmers and prevalence of the monoculture of maize production at the expense of crops tolerant to drought which exacerbate the impact of drought on the food situation.