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15 Oct 2018 description

By Herve Verhoosel

This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16

Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson at the UN World Food Programme (WFP)

GENEVA, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) - How much would you expect to pay for the most basic plate of food? The kind of thing you might whip up at home – nothing fancy, just enough to fill you up and meet a third of today’s calorie needs. A soup, maybe, or a simple stew – some beans or lentils, a handful of rice, bread, or corn?

27 Sep 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 2018 (IPS) - Reversing years of progress, global hunger is on the rise once again and one of the culprits is clear: conflict.

A high-level side event during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly brought together, U.N. officials, governments, and civil society to assess and recommend solutions to the pressing issue of conflict-based food insecurity.

21 Sep 2018 description
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by Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Sep 21 2018 (IPS) - Nyalen Kuong and her daughters fled to safety after an attack on their village in South Sudan in which Kuong’s husband and two sons where killed and the family’s cattle lost. Kuong, her daughters and other families from their village fled to islands surrounded by swamp land. There, she had little to eat. And soon began suffering from diarrhoea, brought on by acute malnutrition.

06 Aug 2018 description
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by Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Previously characterised by belligerence, based on competition for resources, the border regions of Eastern Africa can sense the blissful wind of peace approaching.

24 Jul 2018 description
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by Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs & Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 2018 (IPS) - From children living in fear of cattle rustlers in South Sudan to families fleeing violent armed groups in the Central African Republic, trafficked small arms are devastating livelihoods and displacing communities.

03 Jul 2018 description
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By James Jeffrey

JUBA, Jul 3 2018 (IPS) - Throughout fifty years of struggles, South Sudan’s different churches have remained one of the country’s few stable institutions, and in their workings toward peace, have displayed a level of inter-religious cooperation rarely seen in the world.

06 Jun 2018 description

By Eva Mach

Jun 6 2018 (IOM) - Global migration figures are certainly striking. If current patterns continue, the number of international migrants in the world could surpass 400m by 2050, up from 244m currently, while an estimated 740m are internal migrants (within countries).

29 May 2018 description
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Por Thalif Deen

ESTOCOLMO, 29 may 2018 (IPS) - La crisis alimentaria se agrava en un contexto de crecientes conflictos militares, y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) redobla esfuerzos para erradicar el hambre extrema para 2030, con la colaboración de la sociedad civil.

Incluso se llamó al Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU en abril a esforzarse más para “romper el vínculo entre hambre y conflictos”.

28 May 2018 description
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By Thalif Deen

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 28 2018 (IPS) - The United Nations is continuing to fight a relentless battle to eradicate extreme hunger – particularly in the world’s poorest nations—by 2030.

But it is battling against severe odds: an estimated 800 million people still live in hunger— amidst a warning that the world needs to produce at least 50 percent more food to feed the growing 9.0 billion people by 2050—20 years beyond the UN’s goal.

04 May 2018 description

By Christine Monaghan
Christine Monaghan is research officer, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

May 4 2018 (IPS) - When I visited South Sudan last year, I heard story after story about health professionals and humanitarian workers being prevented from doing critical work. Government officials regularly increased fees for nonprofits trying to alleviate the effects of conflict, stopped humanitarian convoys from delivering life-saving supplies, and erected bureaucratic obstacles designed to impede access to civilians in need.

05 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Victor Tsang and Shari Nijman
Victor Tsang is UN Environment gender expert and Shari Nijman, UN Environment communication officer

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

15 Jan 2018 description

By International Organization for Migration

Helping improve internally displaced people’s living conditions

13 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Baher Kamal

ROME, Oct 13 2017 (IPS) - In a world where only 8 individuals – all of them men—possess as much as half of all the planet’s wealth, and it will take women 170 years to be paid as men are*, inequality appears to be a key feature of the current economic model. Now a new study reveals that there is also a widening gap in hunger.

13 Oct 2017 description
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By Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

12 Oct 2017 description
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By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

04 Oct 2017 description
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By Lindah Mogeni

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2017 (IPS) - “Peace is not a one-day affair or event, it requires our collective effort,” said South Sudan’s Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, while addressing the General Assembly at the UN.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, celebrated its six-year anniversary on July 9 this year, with its president, Salva Kirr, marking 2017 as the ‘Year of Peace and Prosperity.’

04 May 2017 description
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By Suresh Babu

WASHINGTON DC, May 4 2017 (IPS) - The emerging drought-induced humanitarian crisis—prevailing in countries from Niger in West Africa to Somalia in East Africa—and conflict-driven famine conditions in South Sudan, Somalia, and Northeast Nigeria, have become a regular phenomenon.

Even though these food crises can be prevented, they persistently arise due to the development community’s collective amnesia on what has worked and what has not in famine response, recovery, and resilience-building.

27 Mar 2017 description
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by Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, Gender, Health and HIV, UNDP

Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatized and under-reported.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Natalia Linou
Natalia Linou is Policy Specialist Gender, Health and HIV at the UN Development Program.