Hunger in the news

13 August 2013

“The voucher system is a very good system and for many reasons. One of them is that it gives the refugees a sense of normalcy. They go to the supermarket and they shop instead of us giving them food. It also gives them freedom of choice to buy the brands that they already know and the kind of food that they like,” said UN World Food Programme spokesperson Laure Chadraoui.

6 February 2013

There are many children like Zeina who fled the fighting in Syria and poured into neighbouring countries. WFP covers the food needs of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with food distributions and innovative food vouchers. In October, WFP provided food assistance to almost 160,000 refugees in all four countries.

23 January 2013

Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and, to a lesser degree, Iraq, all of them neighbors of the calamity unfolding in Syria, which is bleeding lives at the rate of more than 100 a day and refugees in excess of 100,000 a month. (..) Most can expect little in the way of assistance because the international community has yet to respond to the reality that the most violent and intractable of the Arab Spring revolts also is spawning a humanitarian catastrophe. A U.N. appeal last month for a record $1.5 billion to aid needy Syrians inside and outside the country has drawn few pledges. (..) Refugees in Lebanon are left largely to fend for themselves, finding whatever shelter they can and relying on the generosity of local communities.

4 December 2012

The Food Security, Living Conditions and Social Transfers in Iraq report, jointly conducted by the Government of Iraq and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), shows that 2.2 million Iraqis were facing food insecurity in 2007, compared to 1.9 million in 2011, representing a 7.1 per cent fall. (..) “The Public Distribution System, which was established over two decades ago to help the Iraqi population avoid widespread hunger in the aftermath of war and subsequent sanctions, continues its role as a safety net against hunger, providing crucial support to millions of poor and vulnerable Iraqis today,” said WFP’s Representative and Country Director, Edward Kallon.

22 February 2012

Fluctuating water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Iraq’s primary sources of surface water, will continue to mar agricultural development unless more equitable water access rights are agreed with neighbouring countries and modern irrigation techniques are more widely adopted to reduce wastage, says a government official.

24 October 2011

With Thai and Vietnamese prices rising, India has already become a significant global supplier, offering rice in a recent Iraqi tender and to the United Nations' World Food Program. Officials have said India will export at least two million tons of ordinary rice over a period of four to six months—but inland transportation and port constraints may limit the country's overall monthly exports including premium Basmati grades to 500,000 tons a monht, the consultant Mr. Zwinger said.

16 October 2011

(..) “Today on World Food Day, we celebrate our close cooperation with the Government of Iraq in improving social protection for vulnerable groups at risk of food insecurity,” said Edward Kallon, the WFP Country Director.

11 March 2011

Efforts to move much needed food aid through the Habur gate, the main border crossing point along Turkey's 352-km border with Iraq, continue to reap impressive results. "With the huge cargoes of wheat on our doorstop, we anticipate escalating our dispatches by some 40 percent over and above the levels we have achieved up to now on the Turkey corridor," Heather Hill, a spokeswoman for the World Food Programme (WFP), told IRIN in the eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Thursday.

28 December 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fled the country after sectarian violence broke out following the 2003 war which toppled Saddam Hussein. However, the precise number of refugees is hard to ascertain and fluctuates in line with changing perceptions and the security situation in Iraq. (..) UNHCR uses SMS text messages to alert refugees, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently rolled out an SMS food voucher scheme.

20 December 2010

Oshana Khamo is one of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have taken refuge in Syria from the violence at home and have been kept waiting for years to be resettled elsewhere to start a new life. (..) While they wait, Iraqi refugees in Syria pay regular visits to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) offices near Damascus for food assistance. (..) In 2010, the WFP spent 32 million dollars in food assistance to cover the needs of Iraqis registered with the UNHCR. "We calculate the daily needs of each family in calories," said Muzammil Selly, a member of the press office of the WFP.