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12 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican

By SAMMY CHEBOI

As famine and food shortages threaten millions of people in the region, key players in African seed sector have met to accelerate efforts for high yield and drought resistant seed varieties for poor farmers.

A regional meeting that opened on Monday in Bamako, Mali, brought together 300 agriculture scientists, entrepreneurs, farmers' organisations and governments from across the continent.

The experts from 20 countries who collectively form the heart of the Programme for Africa's Seed Systems (PASS), a $150 million initiative launched two years ago by the …

16 Jun 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

Monrovia, Liberia, 16 June 2009 - Several African countries have made impressive gains in child survival in recent years but much more needs to be done, UNICEF said today in marking the international Day of the African Child.

16 Jun 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 16 juin 2009 - Plusieurs pays africains ont réalisé d'impressionnants progrès dans le domaine de la survie de l'enfant ces dernières années mais il reste encore beaucoup de choses à faire, a déclaré l'UNICEF aujourd'hui à l'occasion de la Journée internationale de l'enfant africain. Le thème de cette année est : « Une Afrique digne des enfants : appel à une action accélérée en faveur de la survie de l'enfant.

12 Mar 2009 description
report European Union

P6_TA-PROV(2009)0138

The European Parliament,

- having regard to Court of Auditors Special Report No 10/2008 on EC Development Assistance to Health Services in sub-Saharan Africa,

- having regard to the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations of 18 September 2000, which sets out the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as criteria established collectively by the international community for the elimination of poverty,

- having regard to the Commission Communication of 7 October 2005 entitled 'Speeding up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals - The …

12 Sep 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENÈVE, 12 septembre 2008 - L'UNICEF a publié aujourd'hui de nouvelles statistiques qui montrent que le taux de mortalité des enfants de moins de cinq ans a continué de baisser en 2007.

Ces nouvelles estimations indiquent une baisse de 27 pour cent du taux de mortalité des moins de cinq ans, qui passe de 93 décès pour 1 000 naissances vivantes en 1990 à 68 décès pour 1 000 naissances vivantes en 2007.

12 Sep 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 September 2008 - UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five continued to decline in 2007.

The new estimates show a 27 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate, from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990, to 68 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007.

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 …

13 Dec 2005 description

Nearly 12 million people are in need of assistance - FAO publishes new Africa report

01 Jul 2005 description

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I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute $9 million to the World Food Programme's efforts to help ease a severe food crisis in several countries in Africa.

In the Southern African region $4.5 million will provide food assistance to 8 million people facing severe food shortages in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

09 Jun 2005 description

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme today heralded the announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of a major push to save millions of people on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa and the victims of humanitarian crises elsewhere in Africa. Yesterday's announcement at the White House brings the United States' funding for humanitarian emergencies in Africa to more than US$2 billion, and the United Kingdom's support to some US$300 million.

19 Feb 2004 description

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER
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05 Sep 2003 description

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September 5, 2003, Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development has distributed over 43,000 metric tons of food aid to towns and villages in nine African countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe that are affected by the current food crisis sweeping much of Africa. Under a special Food Aid Grant Account, the OPEC Fund has provided a total US$20 million to assist a number of countries in Africa severely affected by the worsening crisis.

13 Jun 2003 description

The food crisis that has been threatening Africa for months is worsening in Ethiopia putting that country in imminent danger of famine. More than 12 million people are now in need of food and international commitments are falling far short of the more than 1 million tons (944,280 metric tons) of aid needed to feed them through the end of this year. As the number of people in need continues to grow, existing food rations are being cut in order to feed as many people as possible.

03 Jun 2003 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 3 June (IRIN) - The social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS is hampering Africa's ability to tackle deep-rooted poverty and hunger, Kinglsey Amoako, head of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said on Monday. He told experts at a joint African Development Bank/ECA symposium in Addis Ababa that they had to tackle HIV/AIDS if Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) were to be met.

08 May 2003 description

After a recent visit to Ethiopia, Catholic Relief Services' Executive Director, Ken Hackett warned of an impending famine in the country. "More people are affected by this food shortage than in 1984, when one million lives were lost," Hackett said.
"We are aware that there are other events in the world that are demanding attention, but, just as we pledged in December, we will not and cannot let the people of Africa go unnoticed."

10 Apr 2003 description

After a recent visit to Ethiopia, Catholic Relief Services' Executive Director, Ken Hackett warned of an impending famine in the country. "More people are affected by this food shortage than in 1984, when one million lives were lost," Hackett said.
"We are aware that there are other events in the world that are demanding attention, but, just as we pledged in December, we will not and cannot let the people of Africa go unnoticed."

01 Apr 2003 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 1 April (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said it remained committed to feeding some 40 million people across Africa, allaying concerns that the ongoing war in Iraq may distract from the food crisis on the continent.

19 Mar 2003 description
report Africare

Africare President's Trip to Ethiopia Highlights Emergency