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COVID-19: Act now to avert ‘hunger catastrophe’ for millions missing out on school meals

With classrooms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two UN agencies are urging governments to act now to shore up the futures of the 370 million children worldwide who depend on school meals.

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 poses increased hunger risk for hundreds of millions

Before the COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading around the world, hunger and malnourishment was already a major challenge for hundreds of millions of people. Now, there are serious concerns that the pandemic will make it harder for humanitarian organizations, including UN agencies, to reach them.

Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security

Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civilians

Difficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December. 

News in Brief 26 February 2020

-  WHO chief: ‘No time for complacency’ on coronavirus disease
-  UN health and tourism agencies cooperate on COVID-19 response
- Hyperinflation affecting food access in Venezuela: WFP
 

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One in three Venezuelans not getting enough to eat, UN study finds

Hyperinflation in Venezuela means that roughly one-third of the population – more than nine million people – do not get enough to eat and are in need of assistance, according to estimates published on Tuesday by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

WFP calls for increased support as eight million in Zimbabwe face hunger

The World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on countries to step up support to Zimbabwe, where millions of people are facing hunger brought on by prolonged drought and economic meltdown. 

News in Brief 27 December 2019

  • Pakistan blasphemy death sentence a 'travesty of justice': UN experts
  • UNICEF reports rise in young migrants crossing dangerous jungle between Panama and Colombia
  • WFP to expand cash transfer programme for vulnerable people in Zimbabwe urban areas
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News in Brief 24 December 2019

  • UN chief's concern over military escalation in north-west Syria
  • Nigeria urged to protect civilians and aid workers
  • WFP and Myanmar partnership to end hunger
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News in Brief 16 December 2019

  • Global Refugee Forum opens in Geneva
  • WFP reports 50 per cent scale-up in Yemen
  • Harness youth potential to end hunger: FAO chief
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