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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)


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November 2008: "Food riots erupted across the globe this year in countries such as Egypt and India. Food pantries in the United States also warned that they were running out of food because of unprecedented demand. The news from the World Food Programme is even grimmer: A child dies of hunger every six seconds, and hunger now kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/17/hunger.week/index.html

May 2008: "Wade's broadside is part of a backlash against multilateral organizations that were created after World War II -- including the FAO, the World Bank and the World Food Program -- tasked with weaving together a safety net for the world's poorest. The recent spike in food prices has ripped a massive tear in that net, triggering riots around the world and threatening to plunge more than 100 million people into extreme poverty."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/18/AR2008051802233.html

April 2008: '“Why are these riots happening?” asked Arif Husain, senior food security analyst at the World Food Program, which has issued urgent appeals for donations. “The human instinct is to survive, and people are going to do no matter what to survive. And if you’re hungry you get angry quicker.”'

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/world/americas/18food.html

October 2007: "one million metric tons of food, instead of the current 750,000 metric tons, go to long-term programs, which could help people facing chronic hunger feed themselves and escape dependency on food aid....But officials from the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations World Food Program warned that such a spending mandate would severely reduce the flexibility the United States government needs to quickly deliver sufficient food in emergencies."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/washington/03food.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) United Nations, The (UN) Organization Apr 2, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Josette Sheeran Person Apr 2, 2008

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Nov 22, 2009 In Ethiopia, farmland is hot property

QUOTE: The scale and pace of the land scramble has alarmed policy makers and others concerned about its implications for food security in countries such as Ethiopia...

Washington Post
Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.

QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.

Mother Jones
Nov 18, 2008 As children starve, world struggles for solution

QUOTE: Some mothers choose what their children will eat. Others choose which children will eat and which will die...Haitians are so desperate for food that many mothers wait to name their newborns because so many infants die of malnourishment. Other Haitian mothers keep their children alive by parceling out food to them, but some make an excruciating choice when their food rationing fails...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 22, 2008 Yemen confronts plight of child brides: Widespread poverty and deep-rooted tradition keep young girls at risk for early marriage.

QUOTE: UNICEF warns that soaring inflation rates and high food prices threaten to turn increasing numbers of young girls into child brides, as families struggle to survive.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 03, 2008 Myanmar Rulers Still Impeding Access

QUOTE: One month after a powerful cyclone struck Myanmar and 10 days after the ruling junta’s leader promised full access to the hardest-hit areas, relief agencies said Monday that they were still having difficulty reaching hundreds of thousands of survivors in urgent need of assistance.

New York Times
May 27, 2008 Progress for Aid Workers in Myanmar

QUOTE: While opening its door to international donors, the military government has refused permission to United States, French and British warships loaded with supplies just outside its territorial waters. In denying entry, the government has said it fears that any such aid from Western powers would have “strings attached.” However, it has allowed more than 60 United States Air Force flights to bring supplies to the Yangon airport.

New York Times
May 19, 2008 World Aid Agencies Faulted in Food Crisis: Failure to Support Agriculture Cited

QUOTE: Wade's broadside is part of a backlash against multilateral organizations that were created after World War II -- including the FAO, the World Bank and the World Food Program -- tasked with weaving together a safety net for the world's poorest. The recent spike in food prices has ripped a massive tear in that net, triggering riots around the world and threatening to plunge more than 100 million people into extreme poverty.

Washington Post
May 12, 2008 When Burmese Offer a Hand, Rulers Slap It

QUOTE: The politics of food aid — deciding who gets to deliver assistance to those homeless and hungry after the cyclone — is not just confined to the dispute between Myanmar’s military junta and Western governments and outside relief agencies.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2008 Food Crisis Is Depicted As 'Silent Tsunami': Sharp Price Hikes Leave Many Millions in Hunger

QUOTE: More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a "silent tsunami" of sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots around the world and threaten U.N.-backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday.

Washington Post
Apr 18, 2008 Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger

QUOTE: Haiti’s hunger, that burn in the belly that so many here feel, has become fiercer than ever in recent days as global food prices spiral out of reach, spiking as much as 45 percent since the end of 2006 and turning Haitian staples like beans, corn and rice into closely guarded treasures.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2007 As U.S. Food Dollars Buy Less, International Agencies Differ Over How to Use Aid

QUOTE: Officials representing more than a dozen aid groups, including Catholic Relief Services and Food for the Hungry, testified Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that Congress should increase the food aid budget and use a larger share of it for long-term antipoverty programs.

New York Times