food insecurity

Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

UN report sends ‘sobering message’ of deeply entrenched hunger globally

In much of the world, “hunger remains deeply entrenched and is rising”, the UN chief said on Monday, launching this year’s major UN food security update, highlighting that over the past five years, tens of millions of people have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished.

News in Brief 13 July 2020

  • Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears
  • Alarming global food security outlook reveals even more going hungry
  • Freedom of expression has worsened during pandemic, says independent rights expert
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News in Brief 10 July 2020

  • Wildlife crime affects us all by bringing animal pathogens closer to humans: UN report
  • Floods across South Asia, more rainfall forecast, warn weather experts
  • Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’: WFP
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Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’

In Yemen, fears of famine have resurfaced as UN humanitarians also warned on Friday that 360,000 severely malnourished children could die unless they continue to get treatment and aid is stepped up. In an urgent appeal for funding, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that it needs $200 million per month to maintain assistance in the war-torn country.

News in Brief 3 July 2020

  • Guterres calls for calm in Ethiopia after musician’s killing sparks deadly protests
  • UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law
  • Price spike alert in West and Central Africa as WFP warns of massive food insecurity
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News in Brief 29 June 2020

  • Bachelet urges Israel to halt West Bank annexation plans, warns of ‘shockwaves’
  • Syrians need international solidarity, warn COVID crisis
  • Food insecurity affecting previously safe communities, insists WFP chief
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Food is best vaccine against chaos, insists UN World Food Programme head

Tens of millions more people are likely to go hungry this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday, as it announced plans for a massive boost to its global aid operation so it can reach them.

News in Brief 10 June 2020

  • World facing food emergency, says UN chief in call for States to protect vulnerable
  • COVID-19 spotlights need for States to combat unfulfilled rights for all people, says UN-appointed expert
  • Zimbabwe: rights experts demand end to abductions and torture
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News in Brief 1 June 2020

  • Prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases ‘severely disrupted’
  • UN Women launches ‘shadow pandemic’ public awareness campaign
  • New Bangladeshi Goodwill Ambassador for World Food Programme
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