food insecurity

News in Brief 20 May 2020

  • Guterres: health of Africa ‘hangs in the balance’ from COVID, $200 billion stimulus needed urgently
  • Child food insecurity set to rise by 20 per cent because of COVID
  • Bees, the unsung heroes of sustainable development
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News in Brief 21 April 2020

  • COVID-19 could cause acute food insecurity for 250 million people, say UN agencies
  • Massive floods in DRC’s South Kivu impact 80,000 people, kill dozens
  • Iron deficiency guidelines unveiled for pregnant women and infants
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East Africa locusts threaten food security across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Samoa measles epidemic, Dozens die off Mauritania, Volunteer Day and Zambia’s food troubles

A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Dozens of migrants drowned off Mauritanian coast; measles grip Samoa as social media campaigns spread misinformation worldwide; UN chief on lifting landlocked countries from poverty; Guterres lauds volunteer spirit and millions face food insecurity in Zambia.

News in Brief 31 October 2019

  • Severe food insecurity alert for 45 million people across Southern Africa
  • Rights experts call for release of Palestinian hunger striker
  • New WHO report targets leading causes of urban deaths
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Somalia: worst harvest since 2011, with more than 2 million expected to go hungry

Somalia’s 2019 cereal harvest is the poorest the country has seen since 2011, when famine strained already scarce resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced on Tuesday, blaming unreliable weather patterns and “climatic shocks”.

Prolonged economic crisis and drought demands urgent response for Zimbabwe’s ‘hardest hit’: UN relief chief

An urgent scale-up in humanitarian relief is required to provide “critical food and livelihood support” for hard-hit people across Zimbabwe, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Thursday, speaking during the middle of a fact-finding mission to the southern African country.

News in Brief 26 February 2019

  • $2.6 billion pledged to help millions of wartorn Yemenis
  • Ebola response risks slowing amid massive funding shortages
  • UN’s emergency aid chief travels to Zimbabwe, Malawi amid rising food insecurity
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Without scaled-up humanitarian assistance ‘more and more people’ at risk in South Sudan

“Alarming” food insecurity threatens nearly seven million people in South Sudan, according to a new report by three United Nations agencies appealing for greater assistance and better access to humanitarian relief.

News in Brief 22 February 2019

  • UN human rights office appeal to Egypt amid death row executions
  • Some 260,000 South Sudanese face food insecurity “catastrophe”, UN agencies warn
  • $4.2 billion urgently needed to save Yemen’s families from ‘horrific’ plight
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