Hunger in the news

29 August 2011

Erratic weather has exacerbated food insecurity in one of Indonesia's driest regions, leaving farmers and families hoping for the best as October's planting season approaches. (..) According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), ongoing deforestation, a leading cause of flooding, is largely to blame for the rainfall fluctuation that TTS and TTU residents describe. NTT province has one of the highest concentrations of deforestation in Indonesia, according to the report.

19 July 2011

Travel across indonesia's most populous island -- Java -- and it's hard to imagine going hungry here. (..) JOSETTE SHEERAN, U.N. World Food Program: We saw the number increase by 140 million people, virtually overnight in 2008. So we went from about 900, 860 million hungry people in the world to a billion in about a year's time span.

14 January 2011

In 2008 developing countries, and poor people within them, were hit hard by the price spike in the international cereals market. Once again food prices are moving up, not that far short of the levels seen three years ago, so does this mean another bout of hardship? Some think so. Last Thursday, the Guardian ran the headline "World food prices enter 'danger territory' to reach record high."

20 December 2010

A lack of trained health staff, treatments and health promotion make Indonesia’s eastern province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) one of the country’s most food insecure, despite the general availability of food. (..) Untrained village health staff can gather inaccurate malnutrition data, said an assistant with the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Kupang city, Ha’i Raja Lawa. “Data is still a challenge we are struggling with in NTT.”

1 July 2010

A United Nations provider of emergency logistics support has upgraded port facilities and implemented training that will form the basis of a new university degree as part of its long-term commitment to the tsunami-ravaged region of Indonesia’s northern Sumatra region. The programme, which began in 2005, will conclude this month. It was carried out by the Logistics Support Unit of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the port province of Aceh, where it was sent to coordinate the delivery of reconstruction materials to areas cut off by road and sea in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004.

11 March 2010

Young unemployed men are finding opportunities in a project that also aims to introduce sustainable farming methods to Indonesia's agricultural sector. (..) And with more than half the country's 245 million people living on less than US$2 a day, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), many quit school early to contribute to the family income.

20 December 2009

Five years after the Boxing Day tsunami, Aceh's people are still recovering (..) Chris Clark, head of the World Food Programme;s logistic operations in the Aceh region, is optimistic that the improvements for the community made through the efforts of his and other aid agencies will be long-lasting. "People here are capable, knowledgeable and resilient and there's a strong work ethic," he said. "There's been a lot of change over the past five years. There's more vibrancy in the community. In the evening, shops are alive and people are active - and physical development has a lot to do with that."

6 October 2009

Aid is pouring in, but the scale of the disaster, heavy rains and road damage means relief aid is trickling in to survivors. (..) Peter Guest, deputy country director for the World Food Programme in Indonesia, said WFP was distributing fortified biscuits in the area.

3 September 2009

A team of 10 UN officials assessed Thursday the emergency relief needs in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck Indonesia Wednesday, a UN spokesperson said. The team, consisting of representatives from (..) the World Food Program (WFP), the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), the World Bank and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), started its mission in Tasikmalaya (..).

2 September 2009

United Nations agencies are preparing to take part in an emergency assessment mission on the Indonesian island of Java, where a massive earthquake struck on Wednesday (..) Staff from the UN Development Program (UNDP), the World Food Program (WFP), the OCHA, the World Bank, the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are expected to participate, UN officials said here.