Hunger in the news

13 January 2012

Burundi’s government plans to increase its agriculture budget to boost food production in the East African nation, Renouveau reported, citing Gervais Rufyikiri, the second vice president.

29 June 2011

You say you’ve never heard of Burundi? (..) One of the world poorest countries, approximately 80% of the Burundi population lives in poverty. According to the World Food Program, 56% of children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition.

28 April 2011

Heavy rains in March in Burundi's eastern province of Ruyigi destroyed beans, banana and cassava crops, leaving thousands of people desperate for food aid, agricultural officials said. (..) In its April issue, the monthly bulletin of the Burundi Food Security Monitoring Early Warning System said throughout March 2011, countrywide, the UN World Food Programme assisted 244,531 beneficiaries with 1,626MT of food, mainly through general food distribution, food-for-work, as well as aid for the most vulnerable.

6 April 2011

The UK must not overlook the importance of Burundi to an unstable region, the Lord Bishop of Wakefield says. Six years on from a decade-long civil war, Burundi has experienced an alarming resurgence of violence in the wake of its 2010 electoral cycle.(..)These failings not only impede initiatives aimed at economic growth; the Director for Burundi at the UN World Food Programme recently warned that the increased risks of food insecurity for the most deprived might encourage them to more readily join armed groups.

8 March 2011

High food prices, increasing malnutrition and the impact of La Niña are Burundi's major humanitarian concerns as the country moves from post-conflict to a development phase, say aid workers. "We cannot take shortcuts when it comes to development; we need to absolutely address the basic needs of the population before we go beyond that," Jean-Charles Dei, the World Food Programme's acting humanitarian coordinator for Burundi, told IRIN.

5 January 2011

Burundi is set to benefit from a rice fortification technology that will not only be the first in Africa but will also help check malnutrition in children through school-feeding programmes. (..) Marc Neilson, a public information officer for the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN that "the purpose of the Ultra Rice project is to conduct a field trial to test the operational feasibility and biological impact of introducing fortified rice through a large food-aid programme".

16 September 2010

Around the world, the UN's World Food Program, or WFP, provides food to about 90 million people per year, almost two thirds of whom are children. Working in 73 countries this year, the WFP plans to provide about 3.7 million tons of food to those unable to produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families. In his hometown in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mateso Kibinda was heading to work in the fields one morning when he saw several of his neighbors in front of him.

16 September 2010

The U.N. World Food Program provides food to about 90 million people in 73 countries. In Burundi, the WFP is using a different technology to determine where exactly to focus their food assistance. (..) WFP-Burundi Public Information Officer Marc Neilson says in order to gauge where there is need, WFP staff go out on fact-finding missions. "So for example if you enter in a village that the government has recommended as at risk or if based on past studies you may think is at risk, you will do a study in there, and you will ask questions everything from, 'How many meals a day are you eating? How are you cooking? What do you use to cook? What kind of fuel do you have to cook? How many people are in the household?" said Neilson.

23 February 2010

Failed rains in northern Burundi have left tens of thousands of people needing food aid and prompted many to seek work in neighbouring Rwanda to earn enough to feed their families. (..) Charles Dei, the humanitarian coordinator in Burundi, who also serves as country director of the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN that the lack of rain had adversely affected the January bean and maize harvest.

5 February 2010

By age 15, Annonciata Nduwimana was an accomplished fighter for Burundi's opposition Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) and knew how to kill in battle.(..)Ndayiragije said CARE was working with the UN World Food Programme, Survival Corps and the International Rice Institute. Among other activities, the project is trying to introduce new varieties of rice in Bujumbura Rural.