The United States has given emergency food assistance to those in need during natural disasters, conflicts and acute economic difficulties, but recent congressional budget cuts reduce the impact of emergency funding by limiting both short- and long-term assistance programs. At a time when the need for food assistance is greater than ever, Title II programs should be fully-funded to improve the lasting success of the U.S. and recipient countries.
It’s been nearly two years since the Palm Restaurant Group and World Food Program (WFP) USA have teamed up to fight hunger and the partnership continues to flourish in 2011.
Somali children are dying of starvation as their families flee the drought conditions in their homeland. The massive drought in Eastern Africa is putting around 10 million people in desperate need of aid in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and parts of Uganda. The drought has ruined food supplies for an already impoverished population.
Despite news that the World Food Program (WFP) is facing a funding shortfall in Afghanistan that will force it to refocus its activities, a pilot program called Purchase for Progress (P4P) is linking over 100,000 Afghan farmers to a market for their crops.
As South Sudan celebrates its birth as a nation, the new country continues to receive a flow of families displaced by conflict in the contested border area of Abyei. Among the new arrivals is Achok Ajou Cyer, who has taken refuge in the town of Mayen Abun, where she is now receiving WFP assistance.
The number of people in the Horn of Africa requiring food assistance from WFP is expected to rise as high as 10 million in coming weeks as drought, high food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll.
Just imagine for a moment not being able to access any food, day after day.
They are calling it one of the worst droughts in 60 years to strike the Horn of Africa.
Around 9 million people in the Horn of Africa need humanitarian assistance as severe drought combines with high food prices and conflict to push the poorest and weakest people close to the edge of survival. WFP aims to reach two thirds of these people with food assistance.
Desperate hunger is looming across the Horn of Africa and threatening the lives of millions who are struggling to survive in the face of rising food prices and conflict.
WFP has supported planting trees since its founding and, by some estimates, has assisted in planting five to six billion trees during that time period.
It's been nearly two years since the Palm Restaurant Group and WFP USA teamed up to fight hunger and we are excited about contining our partnership in 2011.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives debated five amendments which would have eliminated or drastically cut the U.S. budget for emergency food aid and the McGovern-Dole international school meals program. World Food Program USA (WFP USA) mobilized our supporters and helped ensure that these amendments were defeated.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is continuing this humanitarian tradition today with its exhibit, and also through new technology. The museum has set up a dedicated terminal so visitors can play the award-winning game Free Rice. This is a computer game where for every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), paid for by advertisers.WFP uses the donations for its hunger fighting missions around the globe.
William Lambers, the author of "The Roadmap to End Global Hunger" and other books, will be speaking at the Cincinnati Art Museum's summer long series on ending world hunger June 24th from 12-1 at the Art Museum.
"The future is in working together to create economic opportunity" said WFP USA President Rick Leach. "The United States is at a moment of challenge and opportunity, food prices are high, but so is political will to fight hunger and private sector involvement is increasing."
Rick Leach, WFP USA's CEO and President, is quoted in a Reuters article examining the link between food security and political instability.
In a front page article and in subsequent blog posts, Times reporter Justin Gillis explores the possible links between global climate change, recent weather disasters, and growing unease among experts concerning the world’s food supply.
High food prices over the past year and growing concern over the effects of climate change have combined to put global food security at the top of the international agenda. A growing consensus among experts and policy makers is that a part of that solution lies in the hands of smallholder farmers.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is urging North and South Sudan to end the violence between them and build a lasting peace. Renewed fighting between the two sides, ahead of South Sudan's new Independence Day on July 9th, is raising fears of another civil war. The two sides fought a 20-year war which ended in 2005 with a Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
President Obama is facing a critical foreign policy test with hunger emergencies unfolding in Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries. Food has quickly moved to the top of the foreign policy agenda. In Libya, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to feed victims of the conflict between rebels and the dictator Muammar Qaddafi. In the Western part of the country, humanitarian needs may be immense as fighting has blocked access routes to aid agencies.