10 million people in southern Africa face threat of famine, UN agencies warn

At least 10 million people in southern Africa are threatened by potential famine, two United Nations agencies announced today, urging donors to provide food aid to avert a humanitarian disaster in the region.

United States donation to World Food Programme arrives in southern Africa

The World Food Programme today (WFP) welcomed the arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, of a ship carrying 33,000 metric tons of maize, beans and vegetable oil donated by the United States to help feed millions facing hunger in southern Africa.

Marking Africa Day, UN hails continent's efforts to overcome conflict, poverty

Observing Africa Day, which marks the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced their support for African leaders' efforts to tackle the continent's problems and stressed the need for international assistance in reaching that goal.

Security Council discusses conflict prevention and recovery in Africa

Proposals for preventing conflict and fostering recovery in Africa were widely discussed today in the United Nations Security Council, which held a daylong meeting on the issue that saw the participation of over three dozen speakers.

Southern Africa: UN says food crisis threatens to become humanitarian catastrophe

The unfolding food crisis in southern Africa threatens to become a major humanitarian catastrophe if an immediate and adequate response is not mounted, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.