food insecurity

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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Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency

Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday.  

Sudan floods: UN calls for urgent funding, as food insecurity mounts 

Sudan has been hit by devastating floods, the worst seen in decades, impacting more than 600,000 households across 17 of the country’s 18 states.  

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urgent funding is needed to support a country already facing alarmingly high rates of hunger and food insecurity.  

Dominique Burgeon, FAO’s Director of emergency resilience, has just returned from a mission to Sudan.  He told Charlotta Lomas how dire the situation really is for people there. 

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Millions ‘on the edge’ in DR Congo now in even greater danger of tipping over: WFP

Millions of lives could be lost to hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid escalating conflict and worsening COVID-19 transmission, the UN emergency food relief agency has warned, urging the international community to step up support for the African nation.