food security

News in Brief 22 July 2020

  • 'Alarming levels' of food insecurity in Yemen
  • 40 million pre-schoolers locked out by COVID
  • Rights experts call for Tanzania to end crackdown
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‘Country-driven’ approach needed to limit COVID-19 damage to food security 

A ‘business as usual' approach is no longer an option, the head of the UN agriculture agency said on Tuesday, launching a new plan to move past the coronavirus pandemic.

Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

Fact-checking becoming ‘as important as handwashing’

Whilst COVID-19 has posed a serious threat to food security overall, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believes agricultural commodity markets are proving to be more resilient to the pandemic, than many other sectors.

But the real test in terms of food security will come now, “with lockdowns ending, and people having to go back to their jobs to support themselves”.

That’s according to Sridhar Dharmapuri, a Senior FAO Food Safety and Nutrition Officer from the Asia Pacific region.

While stressing the importance of maintaining good food safety practices at home, Mr. Dharmapuri told UN News’s Li Zhang, that cutting through the tide of misinformation was also key to battling the coronavirus.

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Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief

The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.

News in Brief 11 May 2020

  • Three UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive attack in Mali
  • Myanmar extends agreement with UN on access to Rohingya’s embattled home state
  • Gains made against desert locusts in East Africa and Yemen but food security crisis remains
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COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is so far having little impact on the global food supply chain, but that could change for the worse – and soon – if anxiety-driven panic by major food importers takes hold, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday.

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Lesotho: Tens of thousands ‘one step away from famine’ as drought impacts harvests and UN launches flash appeal

Devastating drought in the southern African nation of Lesotho has left more than half a million people facing severe food shortages and tens of thousands “one step away from famine”, UN humanitarians said on Friday, in an appeal for funds.