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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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10 Apr 2012 description

By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May, a group co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof said on Tuesday.

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14 Oct 2009 description
  • Slow progress on reducing world hunger

    - Ranking of countries closely watched by governments

    - Report does not yet capture impact of food price spike

    - S Asia scores worse than Africa due to child malnutrition

    - Democratic Republic of Congo has worst hunger score

    By Roberta Rampton

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The world has made little progress in reducing hunger since 1990, a new report said on Wednesday, pointing to 29 countries with alarming levels of malnutrition, mainly in Africa and South Asia.

    Those countries also are most vulnerable to the impact …

22 Jan 2008 description

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - About 9.7 million children die each year before their fifth birthday from diseases that could be prevented with simple, affordable measures, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

While the annual toll fell below 10 million for the first time, it still means more than 26,000 young children succomb every day to pneumonia, malaria and other scourges.

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.

27 Feb 2002 description

MONROVIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A study in West Africa has revealed the widespread sexual exploitation of refugee children by aid workers and peacekeepers in exchange for supplies sent to save lives.

The scandal, details of which emerged on Tuesday, is the latest in a series involving sex and corruption to taint aid and peacekeeping operations on the world's poorest continent.

Below are some scandals in recent years:

1994

February - United Nations says investigation reveals that some peacekeeping troops in Mozambique paid for sex with children.

1997

February - Angola …