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.
In addition to providing traditional in-kind food assistance, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is scaling up the use of vouchers and cash in their food and nutrition programs. Vouchers are used by recipients to purchase food at predetermined values at selected shops. One innovative way that WFP has been distributing vouchers is by text message
On Monday Diane Sawyer hosted a special on Afghanistan for ABC News. She posed the question: Are we winning the war? Well, we are certainly losing the war there against hunger and poverty. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says there are "7.3 million vulnerable and food-insecure Afghans." You cannot win the peace in Afghanistan if hunger and malnutrition are so widespread.
Recent fighting in Yemen's southern governorate of Abyan has displaced an estimated 20,000 people who are in need of humanitarian assistance. The government of Yemen has been battling militants in the area. Adrian Edwards, of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says, "Hundreds of Yemeni families have fled the city of Zunjubar to the surrounding areas. UNHCR, our partners and local authorities are also helping 982 families hosted in seven schools in Aden city."
One of the least developed regions on Earth, South Sudan is a tough place for small farmers to get ahead. But a few of them, like corn growers Paul and Angelo, have made the leap into commercial farming with the help of the Purchase-for-Progress (P4P) pilot program which works to help connect farmers to markets.
Global food prices are at a level just below their historic peak in February as extreme weather in North America and political unrest in the Middle East fuel volatility on the markets. High food prices not only put a strain on the already tight food budgets of the world’s poor, but raise the price of helping them with food aid.
The Prem Rawat Foundation is providing a matching donation, up to $30,000, to World Food Program USA for donations received though a direct-mail appeal.
DRAW: Here, There and Everywhere Cincinnati Art Museum Addresses World Hunger June 4, 2011- August 28, 2011
As part of the second annual "End Hunger: Walk the World" volunteers in Evansville, IN raised enough money for more than 16,000 school meals.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is short $220 million to fight hunger in Afghanistan for the rest of this year. Child feeding programs are already the victim. The WFP office in Afghanistan reports that shortages of high energy biscuits are preventing 520,000 children from receiving food at school. If low funding continues, an additional 500,000 children will lose school meals in June.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it's resuming the hunger relief mission in the Sa'ada governorate of Northern Yemen. Along with its partner, Islamic Relief, WFP is bringing food aid to people who have been victimized by the years of conflict between the government and Al-Houthi rebels. Recent unrest in Sa'ada had temporarily suspended WFP activities to bring food to the hungry.
"Do not wait to be appointed 'boss' to be a leader." This is what Josette Sheeran, who directs the UN World Food Programme, told graduates at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. But what if a whole group of people decides to become the "boss," at least for a while? Take what happened back in 1947 when a train whistled across America making stops in various cities as it headed east. This may not seem out of the ordinary. But the purpose of this train most certainly was.
The political unrest and violence in Yemen are not the only battles ongoing in the impoverished country. The smallest children in Yemen have their own struggle against deadly malnutrition. Yemen has one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. That is why three UNICEF trucks with life-saving plumpynut arrived in Sa'ada governorate in Northern Yemen last week. Plumpynut is a special peanut paste which can give small children the nutrition they need to survive.
Yesterday at a key global food security event in Washington, DC the message was clear: despite the challenges facing hungry and poor people around the world, the tools to build a hunger-free future exist.
The violence in the African nation of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) may have subsided but hunger remains. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is low on funding for its relief mission in the war-torn country. WFP is short US $19.2 million for feeding war victims inside the Ivory Coast. The UN agency is also short about $3.5 million for feeding those who fled the violence into neighboring Liberia.
Adeyinka Badejo's job is to organize school meals programs in places where many children don’t go to school because they don’t have enough to eat. "School meals work because they’re simple," says Adeyinka. "They help kids grow up healthy and keep them coming back to school."
The Caterpillar Foundation generously pledged $3 million dollars over three years to WFP USA in support of World Food Program school feeding programs in eight African nations. It costs approximately 25 cents to provide a nutritious meal for a child in school each day. Thanks to Caterpillar Foundation, WFP will be able to provide approximately 12 million school meals to children living with chronic poverty and hunger.
Coming into my internship with World Food Program USA, I was confident that I had a good amount of knowledge about hunger, but also plenty to learn. Five months later, I look back on my time here and reflect on the many facts, figures, programs and stories I have learned about while being here. Though they have all been interesting, some stand out as either most profound, or most surprising. Here are the top 5, and why.
WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year but, increasingly, they're giving hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Particularly, when food is available on the market but too expensive for the poorest to buy, cash and vouchers can feed the hungry without hurting the local economy.
On Mother's Day weekend, World Food Program USA recognized mothers in a special way. We invited supporters to come out and learn about WFP's work with women and children in Latin America and honored all mothers who seek to provide the best future for their children.
Want to understand how high food prices really are? And how they're affecting the world's poor? Take a look at this infographic, which also underlines how hikes in food prices mean the poorest families have to make painful savings in areas such as health and schooling for their children.