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Shipment Date: 12/31/2002
Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The World Food Programme has refuted claims by the Zambian government that the UN agency recently supplied it with imported relief maize infected with a strange pest.
LUSAKA, Dec 26, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The World Food program (WFP) said here Thursday it has secured a further 9,400 tons of relief food for distribution to hunger-stricken areas in Zambia.
Sibi Lawson, public relations officer of the WFP country office, told journalists that the relief food is an addition to the 23,400 tons of relief food sourced by the Zambian government.
Op-ed article from The Washington Post
LUSAKA, Dec 25, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia has called for a tripartite meeting with Rwanda and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the presence of the Rwandan ex-combatants in Zambia and their repatriation back home, according to the Daily Mail on Wednesday.
The Department for International Development Clare Short today announced a further £30 million contribution to meet emergency assistance in Africa. £15m of the contribution will go to meeting emergency needs in Ethiopia and the other £15 million will be put to humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes across southern Africa.
Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development said:
"I am very worried about food shortages in Africa.
JOHANNESBURG, 23 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - With about three million Zambians identified as needing food aid up to March 2003, concern has been expressed at the worsening nutritional status of children in the country.
The crop season in much of southern Africa looks bleak, the United Nations said today, warning that more food aid is needed to avert a major humanitarian crisis in the region.
Montréal, le 20 décembre 2002 - DÉVELOPPEMENT ET PAIX vient d'acheminer une nouvelle somme de 30 000 $ aux victimes de la famine en Afrique australe.
Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 Dec 2002
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.
Spokesperson: Christopher Lom
ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme today officially launched the Africa Hunger Alert campaign, aimed at drawing international attention to the unprecedented hunger crisis gripping the African continent where 38 million people face starvation.
JOHANNESBURG, 16 December (IRIN) - Following weeks of concern over low rainfall and the development of moderate El Nino conditions in Southern Africa, a drought warning has been issued by the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Drought Monitoring Centre (DMC).
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Australia will provide a further $5 million for victims of the food shortage in Southern Africa, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Chris Gallus, announced today.
'The humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa is now extremely serious,' said Mrs Gallus.
'More than 14 million people are affected by food shortage and the long-term outlook is worsening as the drought continues.'
Mrs Gallus said the high incidence of HIV/AIDS was compounding the problem because it prevented large numbers of people from working their farms.
LUSAKA, (Reuters) - AIDS and hunger could cause Zambia irreversible destruction, a United Nations envoy said on Sunday at the end of a six-nation tour of the region to assess the impact of the combined scourge.
Stephen Lewis, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special AIDS envoy, said Zambia would slowly slide into a major crisis unless efforts were stepped up to fight hunger and acquired immune deficiency disease (AIDS).
"I don't think I have seen anything (as) dramatic as I have witnessed in Zambia when it comes to the conjunction of AIDS and hunger. ...
Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 13 Dec 2002
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.