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13 Dec 2017 description

By Tom Price

On a continent where growing enough food to eat is a constant battle for millions of families, there is a new threat: the fall armyworm. In a little less than 2 years, this pest has eaten its way from West Africa to South Africa, and is now damaging crops in virtually every country in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This pest is expected to be a major shock to an already fragile economic situation for many millions of households,” says Shaun Ferris, Catholic Relief Services’ director of agriculture and livelihoods.

06 Nov 2013 description

By Jim Stipe

BALTIMORE, MD, November 6, 2013 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and The MasterCard Foundation have announced a new partnership that will expand financial services to 500,000 people in Zambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Uganda, thereby benefiting over 2.5 million people overall. The Expanding Financial Inclusion in Africa (EFI) project will provide poor families in remote rural areas with access to basic savings and credit services, putting them on a path to financial security and independence.

12 Jun 2013 description

By Jim Stipe

Catholic Relief Services is joining 18 other international scientific and development organizations in committing to fight the spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD), both major threats to one of Africa’s staple crops.

Cassava is an inexpensive and essential part of the daily diet of many Africans. The effects of these plant diseases are potentially catastrophic, threatenting the food security of 135 million people in East Africa alone, and upward of 300 million cassava consumers across the continent.

05 Dec 2012 description

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Jim Stipe

Every year, the Catholic Church treats hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV. One of the most effective ways to respond to this global pandemic is through community volunteers, who literally go house to house to ensure that people take their HIV medications.

15 Feb 2009 description

By Michael Hill

Sheseke, a small town in remote western Zambia, dusty by day, dark at night, would seem like the end of the earth to most people.

14 Apr 2004 description

April 14, 2004, Baltimore, MD - In countries where HIV/AIDS has ravaged family roots and community development, 56,700 orphans and vulnerable children will receive support from a $7 million grant awarded to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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.

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."

20 Mar 2003 description

The complex crisis in Africa continues to affect millions throughout the continent. Extended drought and erratic rainfall have caused shortfalls in crop yields increasing food insecurity.

19 Feb 2003 description

With school attendance rates dropping, HIV/AIDS spreading and favorable weather conditions continuing to elude many areas, people are asking: How can we help the people of Africa? What can we do to turn the tide and avert a full-blown famine?

28 Jan 2003 description

January 28, 2003, Baltimore - Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Executive Director, Ken Hackett, today announced the appointment of Annemarie Reilly to the position of Regional Director for Southern Africa. Ms. Reilly, who will assume her new post in Harare, Zimbabwe, on February 15, 2003, will oversee the agency's programs in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

22 Jan 2003 description

Coalition receives $114 million USAID grant to assist people in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

13 Jan 2003 description

January 13, 2003, Baltimore, MD - In a letter to U.S. Bishops, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Wilton Gregory, joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Chairman and President Bishop Robert Lynch today in calling for prayers and support for the 34 million people throughout Africa affected by a severe food shortage. Absent a massive and immediate response, the crisis could be the worst in Africa since the famine in the mid-1980s.

08 Jan 2003 description

Hunger. Aids. Poverty. Right now many people living in southern Africa are battling all three at once. The massive food shortage affecting countries in the region is the result of a convergence of factors, some natural, like drought and floods, and some man-made. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is further complicating an already difficult situation for millions of men, women and children -- many of who are being orphaned by the disease and the hunger that is spreading across the region.

11 Dec 2002 description

Hunger. Aids. Poverty. Right now many people living in southern Africa are battling all three at once. The massive food shortage affecting countries in the region is the result of a convergence of factors, some natural, like drought and floods, and some man-made. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is further complicating an already difficult situation for millions of men, women and children -- many of who are being orphaned by the disease and the hunger that is spreading across the region.

07 Nov 2002 description

"Babies will be the main targets in the supplemental feeding programs that are scheduled to start in Malawi in early November. Other beneficiaries include kids under five, and pregnant and lactating women. CRS will work through health care structures that are already established in the country. Food rations will include corn soy blend, soya, beans, groundnuts, milk, oil, and maize flower.

21 Oct 2002 description

October 21, 2002, Cape Town, South Africa - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced today the arrival of a delegation of Church representatives in southern Africa for a weeklong journey aiming to increase solidarity and promote awareness of the challenges and opportunities southern Africans face daily. The delegation will visit South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, where a severe HIV/AIDS and food shortage crisis threatens millions of people.

18 Oct 2002 description

October 18, 2002, Baltimore, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announces new materials for Food Fast, the agency's annual hunger awareness program for youth. The program this year features a video, "Positively Speaking," which focuses on HIV/AIDS and the impact it is having on hunger and poverty in communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Southern Africa is currently in the grip of a drought and food shortage that threatens more than 15 million with starvation.

07 Oct 2002 description

"Children are dropping out of school to find work for food. Those that stay in school are not productive; the teachers say they can't concentrate because of lack of nutrition. Because of this, the food crisis is likely to have long-term effects on the society. If the children are not learning now, what will their future hold?" says Eric Dsedekani, a Catholic Relief Services Project Officer in Malawi.