Hunger in the news

6 March 2013

An all-female climbing team supported by the United Nations today reached the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, in celebration of International Women’s Day, which will be observed on 8 March. (..) “We are on the top! Nothing is impossible if we struggle to pursue our dreams,” said Nimdoma Sherpa, who is also a former recipient of school meals provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal. The team, which began their ascent on 28 February, documented their journey on the online platform Twitter, using the hastag #WFPkili2013. In coming days, they will visit schools around Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Moshi to share their inspiring stories and talk about the importance of education.

4 March 2013

Aiming to change the all-male image of mountaineering in this country, a group of Nepalese women (supported by WFP) have embarked on a mission to shatter that barrier by climbing the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. (..) They are preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to mark International Women’s Day this week. (..) The team plans to speak to students while in Africa to spread their theme, “You can climb your own Everest,” to encourage girls to stay in school.

1 March 2013

An all-female team of climbers is preparing to go up Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, with the support of the United Nations and partners to inspire others and highlight the importance of education for girls. Seven of the climbers are from Nepal and three are Africans, two from Tanzania and one from South Africa. World Food Programme spokesperson, Jane Howard said the Nepali climbers have already made history because they have climbed Mount Everest. (..) Jane Howard says two of the ten women climbers are what she calls "wonderful advertisements" for the importance of school meals in getting children, especially girls, to attend school.

28 February 2013

The Rome based Italy World Food Programme Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin said last week during an exclusive interview with this paper said that malnutrition is a manageable problem. “Malnutrition is not a permanent problem, it can be solved as long as international organization work together with the help of the governments,” Cousin said. She said that WFP is working together with the government to make sure the problem of malnutrition is eradicated adding that the earlier the challenges are addressed the better.

13 February 2013

The World Food Programme (WFP) Tanzania supports school feeding programmes in some schools and last year, WFP expanded its school feeding programme. Today the number of primary schoolchildren receiving meals under WFP programme has reached 640,000 from 600,000 in 2011. During a recent visit to Arkatan Primary School in Arusha’s Monduli District, WFP Country Director Richard Ragan said the school feeding programme aims to help pupils concentrate better in class. The programme also saves those who would have gone back home for lunch the time to do so since some come very far from school.

13 February 2013

The WFP delegation led by Executive Director Ms Ertharin Cousin, toured the port to assess WFP's operations as well as see the central logistic hub that is vital for the UN organisation's work in Africa. She was accompanied by WFP Goodwill Ambassador, Mr Howard Buffet. (..) "I am pleased to see good infrastructure and the efficiency of operations at the Dar es Salaam Port," said Ms Cousin, whose visit to Tanzania was the first as Executive Director of WFP.

12 October 2011

Tanzania has lifted a ban on grain exports and will allow traders to sell surplus maize to the U.N.'s food agency and drought-hit east African countries following a bumper harvest, the government said in a statement on Wednesday. (..) "President (Jakaya) Kikwete has said formal arrangements should be made so that traders can sell surplus food to neighbouring countries and even to the World Food Programme (WFP)," the Tanzanian president's office said in a statement.

28 September 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday received dates valued at USD 764, 940 from the government of Saudi Arabia to feed 100,000 refugees in Tanzania.

8 September 2011

Lack of food in some of primary schools in Arusha region was a major stumbling- block, which hindered performance of primary education within the region. (..) Since the 2000, the World Food Programe (WFP) has been providing food support to some primary schools in Arusha region.

5 July 2011

Fresh water is increasingly becoming scarcer on the globe, setting the stage for a doomsday scenario in the next few decades. Access to water is at the centre of conflicts in some parts of the continent, and this serves to underscore the magnitude of the problem and its potential to slowly but steadily spiral out of control.Most of these conflicts are between pastoralists and small-scale farmers, as rightly observed by the World Food Programme.