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20 Dec 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 Dec 2002

18 Dec 2002 description

I am delighted to have the opportunity today to address the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the food crises in the Horn of Africa and in southern Africa.

As we look forward to Christmas the figures concerning famine emanating from Africa are stark. They serve as a damning indictment of our collective failure to address the needs of the most vulnerable at the beginning of a new millennium.

It is estimated that at least 28 million people will be affected by the current food shortages in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.

12 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

LAGOS, 12 December (IRIN) - African governments need to pay more attention to storage as a means of curbing food shortages, Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday at a conference on food security in Africa in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He said much of Africa's annual harvests was lost as a result of inefficient storage, including half of its fruits and vegetables, one-fifth of its grains and a quarter of its tubers.

03 Dec 2002 description

New York - The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, James T. Morris, today warned the UN Security Council of an unprecedented hunger crisis in Africa, where at least 38 million people are at risk.

21 Nov 2002 description

ROME - In response to mounting concern among the general public about the vast hunger crisis gripping the African continent, the United Nations World Food Programme today announced the creation of a global campaign to assist more than 38 million victims.

13 Nov 2002 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern has called on the government to make 'special provision' for the food crisis in Africa by setting aside 30 million in the forthcoming Budget Estimates.
Up to 30 million people in Africa are threatened by continent's worst ever food crisis. Some 14 million people are affected in the southern Africa region, while as many as 16 million may be affected in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The situation in Ethiopia is so critical that Concern has scaled back other work to concentrate on emergency operations.