Africa

Quick action can help to avoid famine in southern Africa, UN relief official says

Following a trip to southern Africa, a top United Nations humanitarian official has reported that famine could be averted in the region, but warned that the window of opportunity was closing quickly.

UN food agency appeals for $500 million to avert starvation in southern Africa

In a bid to stave off southern Africa's worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a $500 million appeal to provide emergency food relief to millions of people in the region facing the prospect of starvation.

Nearly 13 million face starvation in southern Africa, UN agencies warn

With food production hampered by drought and other natural calamities, nearly 13 million people in southern Africa face the prospect of starvation, potentially the region’s worst humanitarian disaster in a decade, the United Nations warned today.

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.

At Harvard, Annan urges support for Africa's new spirit of democratic empowerment

An emerging spirit of democratic empowerment in Africa deserves international support, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a speech to Harvard University in Boston, United States.

UN agency says several countries in southern African threatened by food crisis

Prolonged dry spells, floods and the disruption of farming activities in several southern African countries could cause serious food shortages for more than 4 million people in the region, according to a report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).