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Battle ‘not yet over’ against locust invasions in East Africa and Yemen

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, significant gains have been made against Desert Locust encroachment in East Africa and Yemen, with an estimated 720,000 tonnes of cereal saved from the swarms of migratory pests across 10 countries: enough to feed five million people a year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

Ensure city poor and vulnerable are fed, amidst lockdown hunger risk, urges UN

The UN food agency, FAO, warns that hunger and fatalities could rise significantly in urban areas, without measures to ensure that poor and vulnerable residents have access to food. In Latin America, cities are finding ways to keep food supplies flowing, despite the current restrictions on movement and supplies.

UN agriculture agency staff continue to strive for a better world amid Italy COVID-19 lockdown

Italy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, with nearly 28,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 2,503 deaths, according to latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).  While a national quarantine has the country in lockdown, it has not halted the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in the capital, Rome. 

Mobilizing countries to beat back ‘voracious’ Desert Locust threat in East Africa

Locust swarms of a magnitude not seen in decades are devastating crops and placing millions at risk of hunger in the Horn of Africa. 

Keith Cressman, Senior Locust Forecasting Officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Dianne Penn the agency is seeking $76 million to scale-up aerial spraying against the “voracious” locusts and protect livelihoods in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. 

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Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. 

East Africa locust outbreak could provoke humanitarian crisis: UN food agency

The Desert Locust outbreak in the Horn of Africa could provoke a humanitarian crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.  

Charlotta Lomas asked FAO senior locust forecasting officer Keith Cressman to provide an update on what he described as “a very, very scary phenomena”. 

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News in Brief 16 December 2019

  • Global Refugee Forum opens in Geneva
  • WFP reports 50 per cent scale-up in Yemen
  • Harness youth potential to end hunger: FAO chief
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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Afghan child abuse, DR Congo measles deaths, Palestinian solidarity

A recap of Wednesday’s stories in brief: UN Afghan Mission calls for probe into school paedophile ring; thousands of children dying from measles in DRC; UN reaffirms solidarity with Palestinians; migrants send billions back home; trust and security “essential” in digital space; and FAO recommends switch to traditional diets.

News in Brief 27 November 2019

  • UN Mission in Afghanistan supports child sex abuse allegations
  • Thousands of children killed by measles in DR Congo
  • Eat the Mediterranean way: UN food agency
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News in Brief 11 November 2019

  • UN chief appeals for respect for diplomatic missions in Bolivia
  • Experts concerned about women and children in camps in Syria and Iraq 
  • New FAO forest project to tackle climate change 
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