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24 Oct 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:05 GMT

Author: Rachel Stern

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

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09 Nov 2006 description

By Gordon Bell

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Immediate steps are needed to avert a potential catastrophe as climate change dries up water resources in drought affected areas, hitting poor farmers, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

The vast majority of the world's malnourished people, estimated at about 830 million people, are small farmers, herders and farm labourers, pointing to devastating effects from global warning and requiring a tripling of yearly farming aid to poor countries.

"Climate change threatens to intensify water insecurity on an unparalleled …

29 Aug 2006 description

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Cholera is rampant across Sudan, with nearly 25,000 cases and more than 700 deaths recorded this year, and the epidemic threatens neighbouring Chad, a top expert at the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Cholera has broken out in most states of Sudan, including North and South Darfur, but the toll does not include West Darfur where agencies have little access due to insecurity, said Claire-Lise Chaignat, WHO's global cholera coordinator.

The water-borne disease could easily spread to Chad, where more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from …

04 Apr 2006 description

By Lisa Haarlander

CHICAGO, April 4 (Reuters) - The Bush administration, in an overhaul of a key food aid program, may halve the number of nations receiving assistance while boosting spending on the neediest countries, mostly in Africa, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

"This is not a cut in food aid. It's shifting it to the places that need it most," said Jonathan Dworken, acting director of U.S.

07 Mar 2006 description

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Hunger and starvation among African children could be eliminated for $5 billion, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

01 Oct 2004 description

By Peter Apps

JOHANNESBURG, October 1 (Reuters) - Locust plagues in West Africa and ongoing food shortages in southern and eastern Africa will leave millions needing food supplies in the next few months, aid agencies say.

Food shortages in some East African countries have long been endemic, but now experts say the same could be happening in the south of the continent.

Several west African countries have been hit by locusts, which have devastated local crops.