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13 May 2008 description

OVERVIEW

At present, 37 countries throughout every region of the world are experiencing localized food insecurity, lack of access to food, or shortfalls in food production or supplies. In the past year, global food prices have increased an average of 43 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.

13 Apr 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

06 Apr 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

18 Apr 2007 description
  • Rainfall increased during the past week in western Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Rainfall began falling on April 17th in areas of southern and Eastern Kenya and is expected to continue throughout much of the week.

    - Moisture conditions are favorable for flood recession agriculture in the mid to lower Limpopo basin in southern Africa due to recent widespread precipitation.

07 Mar 2007 description

Summary

Fragile states contain 14% of the world's population but account for nearly 30% of people living on less than $1 a day. One person in three is undernourished. This is twice as high as in other poor countries. Fragile states cannot or will not deliver what citizens need to live decent, secure lives. They cannot or will not tackle poverty. As such, they significantly reduce the likelihood of the world meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

31 Jan 2007 description

Rome, 31 January 2007 - Despite China's rapid economic growth and India's healthy democracy, there's one area where Africa beats the Asian giants: in the famine stakes. Dr Stephen Devereux, editor of the book "The New Famines" (Routledge 2006) talks to WFP web writer Michelle Hough about why Africa is now on the frontline of the chronic hunger battle.

For many of us the face of famine is black, it's poor and it is above all African.

27 Nov 2006 description


Introduction to El Niño and the Indian Ocean Dipole: What are they doing and why are they important?

01 Jul 2005 description

Rome, Banishing hunger must be a large part of making poverty history. One African in three is malnourished. Hunger in Africa, like elsewhere, is both a cause and an effect of poverty. There is saying in Africa: "When you take hunger out of poverty, poverty is halved."

WFP aims to feed 26 million victims of food crises on the continent this year because of drought, conflict, HIV/AIDS, locust infestations and economic problems. So far it has barely half the contributions it needs ($1 billion) to keep these people alive and build better lives.

03 Nov 2003 description


FEWS NET Alert Status
Alerts: Food Insecurity in Africa
EMERGENCY

Highest Priority -- Urgent Action Required

13 Dec 2002 description
report World Bank

December 13, 2002 -- The World Bank Group's Vice-President for Africa, Callisto Madavo, and the International Monetary Fund's African Department Director, Abdoulaye Bio Tchane, issued the following joint statement to the Boards of Executive Directors of both institutions, on the food situation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

09 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

ZIMBABWE: Britain recalls ambassador