One year ago the world was confronted with the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Coupled with the conflict in Somalia the drought in the HoA, has affected over 13 million people. In response to the severe deterioration of the food security and nutritional situation in the Horn of Africa, WFP scaled up its operations to provide food for more than 8 million people affected by drought and famine. WFP continues its efforts to rehabilitate local infrastructure such as ports and feeder roads in the region, which not only significantly increased humanitarian access, but also facilitated the overall flow of international trade and generated subsequent revenue for local governments and helps build resiliency in the population that can reach markets more easily thus favoring the micro-economy.


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Top row: Photo: WFP/Siegfried Modola

Bottom left: Photo: WFP/Judith Schuler

Bottom right: Photo: WFP/Susannah Nicol

Kenya Naurienpuu, 2nd March 2012

 Though Food for Asset programmes supported by WFP 220 families in this area receive up to 2 acres of land to rehabilitate and cultivate with maize, sorghum, peas etc. Through this type projects these former nomadic tribes (that used to depend only on livestock) have learned to settle down and favoring a life style that will allow them to be more self reliant and their children can attend school. This change also enables access to health services and water.

 Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Kenya, Rift Valley, Koibatek, November 2011

Dry weather conditions, coupled with steps taken in December to bolster in-country transport capacity positively impacted distributions in January 2012.
WFP has contracted 50 all- terrain trucks from Sudan, to augment the 25 already in the country, to enhance transport capacity in the hardest to reach locations due to poor road infrastructure.
WFP and partners continued to implement activities that began in 2011 through food/cash-for- assets for resilience building. The projects help communities and families access drinking water for people and livestock, irrigate land, improve pasture and crop production, as well as promote land conservation.
The unconditional cash transfers (UCT) were initiated in response to acute food insecurity in Nyeri, Narok, Meru, Mbeere, Lamu and Koibatek.The number of beneficiaries planned to receive unconditional cash transfers were not reached mainly because of critical shortfalls in the cash pipeline. Indications are that the food security situation in these districts has improved considerably since September last year. WFP prioritized available funds for cash-for-assets, which is running in more food insecure areas and there is a greater obligation to families creating productive assets.

The Unconditional Cash Transfer program is an emergency intervention as of a result of a request from the Government of Kenya to WFP to expand its food assistance into areas previously covered by Government GFD after the 2011 long rains assessment, which identified 3.75 million drought-affected people.

Photo: WFP/Diego Fernandez

Hungr In The News

Famine Concerns As Dry Season Starts In January —The Star

There are concerns over hunger as Kenya enters what is traditionally the driest season on the calendar. “High levels of food security remain for poor and very poor households with non-self supporting livelihoods,” says the October 2011 to March 2012 report by Famine Early Warning Systems Network, WFP, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

FreeRice.com Reaches 1 Million Users —Huffington Post 

FreeRice.com, once a small seedling, has sprouted into something huge. The online game that allows players to donate grains of rice for correctly answered trivia questions announced it had reached 1 million registered users since its founding in 2007. 

Hunger Can’t Wait —Huffington Post

This year, the traditional year-end exercise of reflecting on the successes and failures of the past 12 months, and looking ahead to the coming ones, holds special significance for Jose Graziano da Silva. Last June marked a turning point, with his election as director-general of FAO.

Sudan of 3,000 Deaths in Ethnic Violence —The New York Times

More than 3,000 villagers were massacred in the recent burst of communal violence in South Sudan, with the fledging South Sudanese government, which just won its independence six months ago, seemingly unable to stem the bloodshed. 

Zimbabwe Faces Growing Risk Of Waterborne Diseases In Rural Areas —The Guardian

The coming of the rainy season and a lack of pit toilets in rural areas exposes many people to waterborne diseases. Since the rains began several weeks ago, dirty water has been accumulating on the settlement, now home to hundreds of former farmworkers and others displaced during Operation Murambatsvina in 2005.

Should We Worry About Redefining Aid? —The Guardian 

The definition of what counts as “aid” drawn up by the donors, has always included debt cancellation, regardless of whether or not it will make any more money available to the recipient country. Should we go back to the drawing board and write a better definition of what should and shouldn’t be called aid?

Hungr In The News

Kenya: Famine Concerns As Dry Season Starts In JanuaryallAfrica.com

There are concerns over hunger as the country enters what is traditionally the driest season on the calendar. According to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, although food security is improving, poor families are not off the hook yet. 

UN Launches $3M Food Program In Urban AfghanistanMedical Daily

WFP will contribute $3 million dollars towards a project to help the urban poor cope with high food prices. About 18,900 households including some 113,000 individuals, mostly poor women and households headed by the disabled will benefit from the project. 

Yum CEO Writes Book, Will Give Proceeds To Fight Hunger —Business First

David Novak, CEO and chairman of Yum! Brands Inc. shares his tips for effective leadership in “Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen.” All of Novak’s proceeds from sales will be donated to WFP, in conjunction with Yum’s global hunger relief efforts.

Pepsi Tweet Explained: Street King Nabs Honickman DistributionBevnet

Pure Growth Partners’ co-founder Chris Clarke has lent some context to business partner Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Twitter message that his company had signed a deal for Pepsi to distribute Street King energy shots. As part of the brand message, the company says it will “feed a hungry child” with a donation to WFP with the sale of every shot. 

New Food And Agriculture Organisation Chief Pledges To Prioritise AfricaThe Guardian

The new director general of FAO has indicated that Africa will be his priority at a time of limited resources. Graziano da Silva, who played an important role in Brazil’s successful “zero hunger” initiative, argued the key to improving food security in Africa was the political will to eradicate hunger.

Fighting Disrupts Humanitarian Operations In South SudanThe Guardian

UN officials estimate more than 20,000 people have fled into the bush after an outbreak of violence between two tribes in Jonglei state in South Sudan over accusations of cattle rustling. 

Red Cross: 150 Children Lose Contact With Parents While Fleeing Massive South Sudan Violence —The Washington Post

Red Cross volunteers are trying to reconnect 150 young children with their missing parents after tens of thousands of residents of South Sudan ran into the bush while fleeing a massive wave of tribe-on-tribe violence, an official said Tuesday. 

Is it a bird? A plane? How about rice?
We bet you’ve never seen rice flying through the air quite like this before. It’s actually part of a shipment of 10,000 tons of Cargill-donated rice being unloaded at the Port of Mombasa. Once unloaded, it will help feed one million hungry people in Kenya.
In support of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, Cargill sourced the grain and managed the ocean transport and logistics to get all that grain to Kenya. WFPUSA raised funds from the American public to support delivering the food from the Mombasa port to the people in need throughout Kenya.
It’s a great example of how partnerships that unite people are transforming our capacity to fight hunger. We can’t all carry 10,000 tons of rice across the globe, but we can each do a little bit. And together that adds up to a lot.
Copyright: WFP/Stephanie Savariaud

Is it a bird? A plane? How about rice?

We bet you’ve never seen rice flying through the air quite like this before. It’s actually part of a shipment of 10,000 tons of Cargill-donated rice being unloaded at the Port of Mombasa. Once unloaded, it will help feed one million hungry people in Kenya.

In support of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, Cargill sourced the grain and managed the ocean transport and logistics to get all that grain to Kenya. WFPUSA raised funds from the American public to support delivering the food from the Mombasa port to the people in need throughout Kenya.

It’s a great example of how partnerships that unite people are transforming our capacity to fight hunger. We can’t all carry 10,000 tons of rice across the globe, but we can each do a little bit. And together that adds up to a lot.

Copyright: WFP/Stephanie Savariaud

Hungr in the News

At Thanksgiving, a Different Kind of Food Problem —The Washington Post

While Americans gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, all signs point to a food crisis in West Africa that could eclipse the current epidemic impacting the Horn of Africa. Food for the Hungry is partnering with WFP and the German Society for International Cooperation for the distribution of fuel-efficient stoves to 6,200 Somali families in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp.

Many Somali Famine Victims Afraid to Return Home —AP

Four months after the U.N. declared famine in much of Somalia, some regions are beginning a slow recovery from a disaster that has killed tens of thousands of people. Challiss McDonough, a WFP spokeswoman, said the displaced Somalis “have to feel physically secure and have a livelihood that will allow them to make ends meet” in their home regions.

Food Security Concern as Farmers Switch from Maize to Coffee —IRIN

The switch by many farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley province from staple cereals to more profitable coffee is likely to increase the country’s dependence on grain imports and possibly affect food security, agricultural experts have warned. Kenya will have to import 2.3 million tonnes of cereal during the 2011-2012 marketing year to meet demand, a year-on-year increase of 37%, according to FAO.

Public information officer Lydia Wamala knows there’s no easy recipe to follow working in the heart of the Horn of Africa crisis at Dadaab Refugee Camp. Sometimes, you just have to jump in and get your hands dirty. A lesson learned by this young refugee scooping flour for his fellow refugees.
Wamala left Dadaab Wednesday after several weeks in one of the most gruelling work environments imaginable.  She leaves behind her own recipes of compassion and determination for the humanitarians following in her footsteps at Dadaab.
Covered in flour or not, we’re pretty sure she takes the cake.  Hear about her life post-Dadaab and tweet your own message of thanks @lydiawamala. 

Public information officer Lydia Wamala knows there’s no easy recipe to follow working in the heart of the Horn of Africa crisis at Dadaab Refugee Camp. Sometimes, you just have to jump in and get your hands dirty. A lesson learned by this young refugee scooping flour for his fellow refugees.

Wamala left Dadaab Wednesday after several weeks in one of the most gruelling work environments imaginable.  She leaves behind her own recipes of compassion and determination for the humanitarians following in her footsteps at Dadaab.

Covered in flour or not, we’re pretty sure she takes the cake.  Hear about her life post-Dadaab and tweet your own message of thanks @lydiawamala. 

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This Week In Hungr

Hunger fears as Afghan snows approach — BBC

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Somali Refugees Flee to Ethiopia to Escape Famine, Violence — PBS

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Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn — The Guardian

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Bangladesh government goes shopping for farmland — The Guardian

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