Tackling hunger and under-nutrition and supporting food security


In 2009, the partnership worked in the following countries to tackle hunger, under-nutrition and food insecurity:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibuti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swazilend, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and through regional programmes for the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions and the Mekong sub-region.

Some results:
Afghanistan: The government was supported in developing an agricultural statistics and market information system
collecting agricultural price data on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for all major commodities, and producing monthly
price bulletins and information for the regions, provinces and districts.

Cameroon: 350 granaries with a capacity of 15-20 tonnes were built in 2009 and benefi#t over 1 million people, a majority of them women, and helps strengthen the self-reliance of the poorest farmers.

Lesotho: 22,551 vulnerable farm households obtained 715 metric tonnes of seeds, 542 metric tonnes of fertilizer and 6,000 tools, boosting agricultural productivity.

Gabon: the epidemiological surveillance system on avian flu was activated and made fully functional, as part of the national plan for the prevention and fight against avian flu. Poultry farmers and officers throughout the country were trained to secure an active epidemiological surveillance. The epidemiological network leaders and the national veterinary laboratory were provided with technical equipment and cold chain materials.

Haiti: General food distribution took place for 1.2 million people. After the floods in 2009, this was expanded to affected populations bringing the total to over 2 million people. Health centres were used to distribute family rations and 90,000 people living with HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis received food and nutritional support. 100,000 under-nourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers accessed food aid and supplementary feeding. 180,000 people received food-forwork and hundreds of families received agricultural inputs and technical assistance, increasing their ability to cope with hazards.

Vulnerable people affected by drought and rising food prices, including several thousand children and mothers, benefited from food rations, food baskets and training on preparation of F-100 therapeutic milk and hygiene and feeding practices.

Liberia: 1,215 metric tonnes of food were procured for 8,700 children under five and 13,500 pregnant and  breastfeeding mothers. As a preventive measure against severe acute under-nutrition, ready-to-use therapeutic foods were placed in Monrovia. An assessment of the e"ects of the rise in food prices was conducted, helping to guide policies and programmes to address under-nutrition.

Madagascar: 156 metric tonnes of rice seeds were prepositioned in disaster prone areas to improve food security of the most vulnerable farming families. 3,000 households received agricultural hand tools enabling them to cultivate their land after the cyclone.

Myanmar: Between August 2008 and March 2009, 115,800 beneficiaries were reached with food assistance in the North Rakhine State. To harvest water, two dams were constructed and small-scale irrigation systems developed. Workshops for farmers on cultivating major crops were organised.

Nepal: 64,000 people a"ected by $oods were provided with a complete food basket of rice, salt, pulses, vegetable oil and 40,000 people participated in food-for-work activities. Recovery actions started in April 2009. Around 30,000 returnees and internally displaced people continue to receive food assistance.

Philippines: 600,000 people internally displaced by the country’s conflict received food assistance in 2009.