Africa

Fresh donations boost UN food aid to southern Africa

Fresh, end-of-year contributions totalling more than $25.2 million have boosted emergency operations in southern Africa out of a weeks-long funding slump, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

UN food agency launches campaign to combat hunger in Africa

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched the Africa Hunger Alert campaign aimed at drawing attention to the unprecedented hunger crisis on the continent.

African leaders to meet in Nigeria at UN food summit

African leaders are set to meet in Nigeria later this week to address the future of regional food security programmes at a summit organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Africa: UN agencies launch appeal for millions facing food shortages

With millions of people in Africa facing food shortages in the coming months, United Nations aid agencies today appealed for an infusion of donations to help avert a hunger crisis.

UN agency launches push to help African nomads preserve environment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the launch of a multi-million dollar project to help nomads and communities in three African countries boost the prospects for native flowers, shrubs and trees.

UN agency announces new global campaign to tackle hunger in Africa

Responding to mounting concern about the food crisis gripping Africa, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the creation of a global campaign to help more than 38 million hunger victims on the continent.

Deadly livestock virus threatening to break out of Africa, UN agency warns

A devastating livestock virus is on the verge of breaking out of its last stronghold from northeastern Kenya and southern Somalia, threatening recent progress in eradicating the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Annan urges African countries to join digital revolution

Underscoring the rising importance of communications technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the world’s poorest countries to embrace the digital revolution in a message marking Africa Industrialization Day.

Annan appeals for more humanitarian assistance to southern Africa

Appealing to the international community for more assistance to address the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, especially in Zimbabwe, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said today that he was concerned about the deteriorating situation of almost 7 million people in that country who are in need of food aid.

UN agency launches $50 million project to reverse land degradation in Africa

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a $50 million pioneering project that would determine the key causes of land degradation in Africa and draw up plans to stop and reverse the destruction.