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Fighting in Yemen could set off a 'humanitarian catastrophe:' UN Spokesperson
The escalating conflict in Yemen has once again reached the outskirts of the crucial port city of Hudaydah in the last 24 hours, where a reported 2,100 people have fled their homes due to the proximity of the fighting.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, that scores of children are at “imminent risk of death,” as warring parties fight near a local hospital.
UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in his Wednesday press briefing that humanitarian agencies have raised flags concerning fresh fighting inside Hudaydah, alerting that it could interrupt the flow of food imports and life-saving aid, setting off a humanitarian catastrophe.
Some civilian casualties on other front lines throughout Yemen have also been reported in the last few hours, he noted. He reiterated the call on all parties to conflict to respect international law, including protection of civilians.
Poor diets threaten health more than malaria, tuberculosis, measles – new UN report
With one-in-five deaths associated with poor-quality diets, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a co-authored report on Wednesday, urging policymakers to reduce food loss and waste to improve access to nutritious and healthy food.
The report, entitled “Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets”, concludes that regularly eating poor-quality food has become a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles.
Meanwhile, approximately one-third of food produced for human consumption never reaches consumers. Nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are highly perishable, rendering them susceptible to losses throughout increasingly complex food production systems.
According the report, each year more than half of all globally-produced fruits and vegetables are lost or wasted. Moreover, around 25 per cent of all meat produced, equivalent to 75 million cows, goes uneaten.
Hunger and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean compounded by inequality: UN report
And for the third consecutive year, the number of those chronically hungry has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, while 250 million – 60 percent of the regional population - are obese or overweight, representing the biggest threat to nutritional health, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday.
Speaking at the launch of the 2018 annual Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security report in Santiago, Chile, FAO’s Regional Representative, Julio Berdegue said it was an “appalling” threat to health overall, affecting women and indigenous groups the most.
According to the report, hunger, malnutrition, lack of micronutrients, and obesity largely affect lower income families, women, indigenous communities, Afro-descendants and rural families.
In response to growing malnutrition, partner authors on the report call on countries to implement public policies that combat inequality while promoting health and sustainable food systems.
Natalie Hutchison, UN News.