Fresh donations boost UN food aid to southern Africa

Fresh, end-of-year contributions totalling more than $25.2 million have boosted emergency operations in southern Africa out of a weeks-long funding slump, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Aiming to avert famine, UN urges agricultural aid to southern Africa

Aiming to avoid a worsening crisis in southern Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today urged the international community to fund the purchase and distribution of critically needed seeds to the region.

Zimbabwe: UN envoy stresses urgency of helping millions facing food shortage

Continuing his visit to southern Africa, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy on the region's humanitarian crisis, James Morris, today strongly urged increased donations to help more than 6 million people in Zimbabwe facing growing hardship.

Southern Africa food shortage most serious humanitarian crisis after AIDS - UN envoy

Next to HIV/AIDS, the food crisis in southern Africa - in which some 13 million people were at risk of starvation - was the most serious humanitarian emergency in the world, a senior United Nations official said today.