View Full Version : Food Drops in Africa

03-09-2006, 08:24 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm working on a project that requires a bit of research into food drops that take place in regions of Africa. With no luck, I've been trying to find out the exact contents of these packets, where they come from, and which country in Africa gets the most food drops (or at least reguarly).

Any ideas on where I might be able to find this information?


03-09-2006, 11:20 PM
I'd look into the International Red Cross or its equivalent, the Red Crescent (I think that's its name, but I'm not sure), since these organizations are often behind much of the world's humanitarian relief efforts.

Maryn, hoping it's at least a jumping-off point for you

03-10-2006, 04:16 PM
Thanks Maryn! That does help. I've been able to find out what the packets contain, who makes them, etc etc, but I'm still stuck on where the contents come from and which country gets the bulk of the air drops currently.

I think I'm going to have to get off my butt and get out into the real world for this one. Arggh!

03-10-2006, 04:30 PM
Hi Mridu,

I see you are continuing in the same vein as your piece in Elle Magazine.

Here's some links I came up with:



Good luck


03-11-2006, 01:28 PM
Thanks Reece! Looks like I'm about to become an authority of sorts on hunger.

Yep, continuing along the same lines as the tsunami piece. Human-interest stories are tougher than anything I've ever done so far, but they're so much more rewarding, too.

Now, back to research... http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoteDisappear.gif

03-16-2006, 05:33 AM
Try the African Development Bank (http://www.afdb.org) or the United Nations (http://www.unsystem.org/) - both are dedicated to providing developmental aid and support to Africa and have very large intelligence/research departments that do nothing but write reports on this kind of thing. Their websites are huge but a search may find something. If not, get in touch with them directly -their PR depts or in the case of the UN, their statistics dept, their library and their information centre should be able to help you.

Be pushy if neccessary: It's their job to provide information about these things. I used to work for the UN and trust me, the info is there, it's just a matter of finding it. PM me if you want more info - happy to help.

Also, try a search for "International Development Agencies" by country (only saying that because I know that doing this with "Denmark" gives you DANIDA, a Danish aid org that used to do similar things - my dad worked for them in the 60's).

May also be worthwhile to contact the local UN offices for Africa - they are more likely to have pertinent info.

Hope this helps, good luck!