food crisis

News in Brief 12 May 2020

  • Tropics, northern hemisphere facing hotter temperatures
  • COVID-19 pushes millions more in Middle East, North Africa into food crisis
  • Nigeria violence forces 23,000 refugees into Niger in a month
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DPRK drought affecting food production: FAO

Food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been severely damaged by the worst drought in the country since 2001, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday.

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Faced with rise in violence in South Sudan, aid alone "isn’t enough"

While humanitarian support has saved “countless” lives, ongoing fighting in South Sudan continues to make difficult the rollout of aid programmes, according to the Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa at the World Food Programme (WFP)

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One of world’s worst humanitarian crises “struggling for attention”

One of world’s worst humanitarian crises underway in the Lake Chad Basin is “struggling for attention” according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Eliasson.

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Power of the pulse celebrated in new cook book

People around the world are being encouraged by the UN to get passionate about the power of the pulse…that’s pulse as in peas, beans and lentils.

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Conflict in CAR leaves 2.5 million people facing hunger

Nearly half of all people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are at risk of going hungry.

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“Deliberate starving” of civilians in Yemen

A human rights expert has sounded the alarm on what she called the “deliberate starvation” of civilians in Yemen.

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UN seeks $38 million to respond to Lesotho’s food crisis

The United Nations today appealed for $38.5 million to help 725,000 people – a third of the population – in the small African country of Lesotho who are affected by a food crisis.

UN issues policy guide for countries hit hard by high food prices

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling on countries to carefully examine the implications of high food prices and not to take any policy actions that might appear useful in the short term but could have harmful, longer-term effects or even aggravate the situation.

Rising food prices highlight need to boost investment in agriculture – UN official

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need to boost investment in agriculture to ensure long-term food security, while also calling for urgent structural changes to the global food system.