Hunger in the news

8 September 2010

The Japanese government has released US$5.8 million to Guinea to help it to tackle food insecurity in the most under-privileged areas, a statement from the office of the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. (..) WFP representative, Fatma Samoura, said thanks to that distribution, her institution would be able to take vital food and nutritional support to 'vulnerable people' until late 2010.

28 July 2010

More than two million Guineans do not have enough to eat, basic health services are a shambles and the country is in a fragile transition from decades of military rule, yet most aid donors do not see Guinea as an "emergency". (..) The needs, he said, centred on livelihoods, health and nutrition. N’zérékoré, where the NGO is based, is in Guinea’s lush Forest Region but has the highest proportion of people facing moderate and severe food insecurity at 52.7 percent, according to a 2010 World Food Programme study.

16 June 2010

The World Food Program says it will have to shut down the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service in the west African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia because it has run out of cash. The World Food Program says shutting down the Humanitarian Air Service on Wednesday will have terrible consequences for about one-quarter of a million people in west Africa who rely on the service for essential needs.

3 March 2010

Lack of funding is threatening the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Guinea, which needs over $3 million before the end of March to be able to continue transporting urgent relief items and aid workers in the country and the wider region. “I am deeply concerned about the impact of a possible discontinuation of the flights in the absence of alternatives in terms of air transport,” said Fatma Samoura, Country Director in Guinea for the World Food Programme (WFP), which manages the air service.

25 February 2010

Nutrition experts in Guinea are studying options for treating moderately malnourished children, as funding shortages disrupt normal programmes using fortified flour.(..)WFP is seeking funds to maintain CSB stocks in Guinea. “We recently received some CSB but needs still outweigh supply,” WFP-Guinea head of programme Foday Turay told IRIN.

15 December 2009

Economic Community of West African States Secretary General says Guinea is a potentially 'explosive' situation that could undermine regional efforts to consolidate peace in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, and Ivory Coast.(..)Thomas Yanga directs World Food Program operations in West Africa. "The security situation remains very unstable. A deterioration of the situation leading to population displacement could potentially affect the sub-region," Yanga said.

4 December 2009

Aid groups are drafting contingency plans for as many as half-a-million civilians who could be displaced if Guinea's political instability worsens. (..) Thomas Yanga directs operations in West Africa for the UN's World Food Program. "The future of the country is unclear and the security situation remains very unstable," Yanga said. "A deterioration of the situation leading to population displacement could potentially affect the sub-region."

27 October 2009

Prices of rice, sugar, oil and other basic foods have risen sharply in the Guinea capital Conakry in the tense weeks following a deadly military crackdown on civilians. (..) In normal times some 6.4 percent of Conakry’s estimated 1.6 million people lack access to adequate food to meet their daily needs, according to a July survey of food security in Conakry by the World Food Programme and Guinea government.

14 July 2009

The African nation of Guinea has seen increasing poverty rates in recent years. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reports that “the country's Forest region has long been host to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone,” which puts a big strain on Guinea’s resources. Guinea is working to provide basic education for all its citizens as a means of combating poverty.

10 May 2009

The town of Koundara has its problems, but light pollution is not one of them. The only street lamp is a full moon. In a moment, I plan to step out and see all the constellations I’ve been missing. (..) The education director said he had finally gotten January’s salaries to the teachers in the area. He said female school attendance is up thanks to a World Food Program initiative that helps out families whose daughters stay in school.