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21 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

The politics of aid can delay early intervention, despite last year's famine in Somalia showing early aid can achieve more

By Mark Tran

A recent briefing paper by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) succinctly sums up the frustration of humanitarian groups as they grapple with the food crisis in the Sahel, where 18 million people are at risk from hunger.

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30 Jan 2012 description
report The Guardian

From the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, we must learn to be honest about the nature of a fundamentally flawed global food system

Drought and famine are not extreme events. They are not anomalies. They are merely the sharp end of a global food system that is built on inequality, imbalances and – ultimately – fragility. And they are the regular upshot of a climate that is increasingly hostile and problematic for food production across huge swathes of the developing world.

19 Nov 2010 description

See a lot of people squatting in the open today? Don't be offended. The so-called "big squat" was held worldwide to coincide with the 10th annual World Toilet Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the need for adequate sanitary facilities.

Every day, some 1.1 billion people go to the bathroom without any type of toilet, according to the World Health Organization.

01 Aug 2005 description


Food aid is beginning to flow into Niger, where some 2.9 million people face food shortages.
By Abraham McLaughlin and Christian Allen Purefoy