Hunger in the news

4 February 2014

India: World Food Programme's pilot project in Rayagada, Odisha helps reduce pilferage in the Public Distribution System.

22 November 2013

The food ministry [India] hinted at adding these to the list of items to be sold through public distribution system (PDS) at highly subsidized rates. Addressing a conference that was attended by top functionaries of UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and food minister K V Thomas on Thursday, department secretary Sudhir Kumar said, "These items will be made available in PDS. Earlier, Thomas told the UNWFP delegation headed by its executive director Ertharin Cousin that the country had surplus production of wheat and other foodgrains and the government could successfully roll out the scheme across states. "By enacting a law to provide foodgrains at very subsidized rates, an earlier practiced welfare measure has now been made a right for people," the minister said.

26 February 2013

Here in Rajasthan (India) as in parts of Ethiopia, lack of water is the big problem. (..) In common with approaches tried by donors such as the World Food Programme in Ethiopia, Eficor asked the villagers what their priorities were. Water – or lack of it – was, unsurprisingly, a key concern. Farmers in Rajasthan have land, but often leave areas uncultivated because of the lack of water.

26 April 2012

India expects a record harvest of rice and wheat, but officials have warned that huge food stocks could be wasted due to lack of adequate storage facilities. (..) The waste of food grain has raised concerns in a country where more than 40 percent of children are underweight. (..) It is estimated that about seven percent of food grains are wasted due to lack of storage space and inefficient transportation.

14 February 2012

Rural women entrepreneurs in Rajasthan produce a nutritious food supplement as take home rations for pregnant mothers and underfed infants. (..) The supplement, which goes under the label of ‘Raj Nutrimix', has been developed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and in consultation with the Government of Rajasthan. (..) “We discovered that producing this supplement is a perfect fit because it addresses two urgent needs: An uninterrupted supply of nutritive food and a regular source of income for poor rural households,” says Dr Nikhil Raj of WFP, who coordinates this project.

30 January 2012

The state government's focus on farming may have earned Punjab the label the "bread basket of India," but it has stifled the growth of manufacturing industries that the state needs to catch up with the strongest performers. (..) Farmers sitting on some of India's most fertile land - Punjab means "the land of five rivers" - are reluctant to sell their fields to make way for industry.

20 January 2012

Despite progress on many fronts, India's high malnutrition rate, low birth weight and maternal mortality rate continue to rival those of sub-Saharan Africa. (..) There is an increasing body of research that points to the way forward. (..) We've seen it from Rwanda to India, when women have secure rights to the land either jointly with their husbands or on their own, the family does better in a host of ways: improved education, improved nutrition, improved health.

12 January 2012

Roughly 42 percent of all Indian children under age 5 suffer from malnutrition, a sobering reminder of the persistence of poverty and hunger in the world’s largest democracy, according to a major report released on Tuesday. (..) The extensive food subsidy program that India already operates allocates grain and kerosene to the poor. Yet the distribution system is rife with corruption and inefficiency, and some analysts estimate that 40 percent of the subsidized food never reaches the intended recipients.

10 January 2012

Rice exports from India, the world’s second-largest producer, may more than double this year on a record crop and as importers seek alternative to expensive supplies from Thailand, a shippers’ group said. (..) Cheaper rice, staple for half the world’s population, may further cool global food costs (FAOFOODI), which dropped for a fifth month in November, according to the United Nations.

3 November 2011

(..) Tribal dominated Baran figures prominently as a “hot spot” in the list of 22 Rajasthan districts (comprising 65% of the state) that have been designated as being “food insecure” in a 2010 report jointly prepared by the United Nations World Food Programme and the Institute of Human Development.