Hunger in the news

12 February 2013

The international community is seeking some $30.5 million to assist at least 150,000 people who are said to have been displaced by severe flooding over the last few weeks. Food accounts for a bulk of the appeal: $10 million. (..) The Central Emergency Response Fund, meanwhile, has approved the allocation of $5.13 million to U.N. agencies providing life-saving assistance to flood-affected people in Mozambique. These agencies include the World Food Program, UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration.

23 January 2013

Mozambique has started to evacuate some 55,000 people after heavy rains caused sea levels to rise to dangerous levels in parts of the country, officials say. (..) The town of Chokwe, home to a dyke, is particularly vulnerable, she added. There are fears that the dyke in Chokwe could break, which would lead to chaos in the evacuations. "If that dyke breaks, all those people will have to move more rapidly," the country chief of the World Food Programme, Lola Castro, said.

11 December 2012

"If we do not invest in our smallholder farmers, then poverty will always be around us. I believe you can have a vibrant small farming sector underpinned by the commercial sector," said Emerson Zhou, the executive director of the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC), the body tasked with building a relationship between smallholder farmers and big food purchasers, like the World Food Programme (WFP). (..) He believes that the Beira corridor experiment he heads, if successful, will spawn the growth of a commercial farming services sector that will ultimately do away with the need for government to distribute inputs – such as seed and fertiliser – to smallholders.

8 October 2012

Researchers from the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have joined hands with the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) to take a closer look at how climate change could affect roads in the developing world, using Mozambique as an example. Food supply in Mozambique is already constrained by the lack of adequate roads linking the big commercial farms in the north to markets in the south. Climate change threatens what roads exist with frequent and intense flooding and high temperatures, researchers said.

1 February 2012

The World Food Programme (WFP) will give emergency food to more than 80,000 people in Mozambique after twin cyclones left 32 dead in the impoverished country in January, officials said Tuesday. Mozambique's government requested help for 16,000 families in flood-hit central province Zambezia, said WFP spokeswoman Naomi Scott. "Approximately 16,000 families -- that's what we've been asked to supply for and that will be in Zambezia tomorrow," Scott told AFP. "That's over 80,000 people."

16 January 2012

One of the main challenges facing farmers is a lack of money to survive from one crop cycle to the next. (..) A two-year project co-funded by EuropeAid with €1.3 million in the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula has focused on “better access to quality seeds, increased yield of seeds and food crops and reduced storage losses for farmers.” In all 38,000 rural farming families have been affected with 150 farming councils trained in “post-harvest technologies, quality seed production and seed bank management.” All of this works towards increasing food security in the region.

2 September 2011

A couple weeks ago, the government of Mozambique offered farmers from Brazil 50-year leases on 15 million acres of land: an area equivalent to a bit more than half of the acreage under cultivation in Iowa. (..) Most of the nation lives in poverty. According to the World Food Program, "54 percent of the population lives below the national poverty line; 63 percent of rural children live in absolute poverty; and 34 percent of households are food insecure and face perpetual hunger."

27 June 2011

Up to 44 percent of children in Mozambique suffer from chronic malnutrition, according to an official study released on Monday. The conclusion was made by the World Food Program (WFP) representative in Mozambique, Lola Castro, and the deputy representative of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Mozambique, Roberto de Bernadi said.

12 May 2011

Thousands of frustrated Ethiopian and Somali asylum seekers trying to make their way to South Africa have been marooned in overcrowded camps in northern Mozambique since the government introduced measures limiting their movements. (..) UNHCR and INAR are also appealing for help to deal with the food, shelter, water and sanitation needs of the new arrivals in Maratane and Palma. So far the World Food Programme and the Mozambique Red Cross have stepped in with contributions of tents and food.

29 March 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will provide over the next few days a further ten tonnes of food to the Maratane refugee centre in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, following hunger-related deaths, notably among Ethiopian refugees.