food insecurity

News in Brief 10 June 2021

  • Tigray alert, with 350,000 at risk of famine
  • Nine in 10 African nations to miss COVID-19 vaccine targets
  • Europe COVID deaths continue downward trajectory
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News in Brief 5 May 2021

  • COVID-19 pandemic preparedness hub to open in Berlin to promote transparency, early warning capability
  • 155 million faced acute food insecurity last year, with conflict the main driver
  • South Asia at breaking point as COVID infections spike: UNICEF
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News in Brief 26 March 2021

  • Alert over Eritrea refugees after camps found destroyed in Ethiopia
  • 100 million more children fail minimum reading proficiency because of COVID
  • Severe insecurity in Angola driving families to Nambia
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Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America

Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the ‘emergency’ category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance.

News in Brief 19 February 2021

  • Violence engulfs South Sudan, ‘Children all have guns’ 
  • Vital humanitarian air links at risk, humanitarian operations under threat, warns WFP
  • UN human rights office alarmed by ‘attacks’ on judicial independence in Haiti
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‘Triple threat’ adds to long-standing crises menacing food security in Somalia – FAO

Poor rainfall, flooding and desert locusts are contributing to extreme food insecurity in Somalia, threating 2.6 million people, the UN agriculture agency said in a new analysis released on Wednesday.
 

News in Brief 17 February 2021

  • UNICEF chief calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for most vulnerable 
  • COVID infections register 16 % fall worldwide in a week, variants spreading: WHO 
  • ‘Extreme food insecurity’ threatens Somalia, warns FAO 
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News in Brief 16 February 2021

  • Myanmar: ‘World is watching’, UN Special Envoy tells military
  • Atrocities in eastern DR Congo complicate work of tackling new Ebola outbreak 
  • Desperate daily quest for food stalks people of South Sudan   
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News in Brief 10 November 2020

  • UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence  
  • COVID will likely make millions more food insecure 
  • UNHCR expands aid as Ivorian refugee numbers top 8,000 
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UN agriculture agency calls for global response to the food security crisis 

The COVID-19 pandemic could threaten food security across the entire world, if urgent action is not taken.  

That’s prompted the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to launch a new COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, which aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic while also strengthening food systems and livelihoods in the long-term.  

In this interview, FAO’s Charlotta Lomas speaks to the agency’s Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol, who describes what the plan entails, and why a global response is badly needed. 

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