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Hunger in the news
13 March 2014

Opportunities and Challenges in Humanitarian Operations

When it comes to carrying out relief operations; speed is the name of the game. Does it hold true for Africa, a continent that has seen some of the world’s biggest relief operations?
Logistics Update Africa
Hunger in the news
13 March 2014

Chad struggles to cope with refugees from conflict in Central African Republic

Sido, a village on the Chad side of the border, is caught up in the turmoil in the Central African Republic. Its twin, across the border, is still controlled by Muslim Seleka rebels. It is a key crossing point between the two countries. Since conflict started in December some 35,000 people – mostly Muslims fleeing the violent reprisals of anti-Balaka Christian militia – have arrived here, some on foot but mostly in convoys escorted by the Chadian army. More than half of them have carried on into Chad, but 14,000 have stayed put.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
13 March 2014

U.N. refugee chief warns world powers not to forget Syria conflict

The head of the United Nation's refugee agency said on Tuesday it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but his biggest worry is that "a total disaster" could occur if the international community diverts its attention away from Syria's conflict. Antonio Guterres, the head of the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said in an interview that little progress was being made in efforts by the United States and Russia, now at loggerheads over Ukraine, to bring Syria's warring sides together after the collapse of talks in Geneva last month.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
13 March 2014

Inside a refugee camp in Jordan three years after the Syrian uprising began

As Syria's uprising-turned-civil-war enters its fourth year there is little sign of an end to the suffering that has forced 2.5 million people to flee, principally to Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. The conflict has internally displaced a further 6.5 million, and left 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN figures. More than 180,000 people have simply disappeared, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Overall, the total refugee outflow rose more than four-fold in 2013.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
13 March 2014

Elimination of hunger in our lifetime can be a reality

Today, improved national and international responses thankfully mean that famines are rare, but the heavy toll of chronic hunger, affecting those who simply do not get enough of the nutritious food they need for a healthy diet, remains a devastating reality in too many communities around the world. Equity must be hard-wired into all our global efforts to ensure nobody is left behind. We must recognise that income inequality is a significant factor that lies behind the failure of most of the world’s poor and hungry to meet their food needs.
The Irish Times
Hunger in the news
11 March 2014

South Sudan Conflict Erases Gains in Food Security, UN Agencies Say

Food insecurity levels had dropped to a record low of 3.4 percent of the population from around 10 percent following two good harvests in a row and helped by lower prices, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a report. "With hundreds of thousands of people displaced, it means that we are getting back to a situation where these people are in need of food assistance," WFP spokesman in South Sudan Geroge Forminyen said.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
11 March 2014

Central African Republic: UN launches human rights probe

The United Nations has launched a human rights investigation into the violence in the Central African Republic. Inquiry head Bernard Acho Muna said he hoped the presence of investigators in CAR would help prevent genocide. The UN's World Food Programme says that about 1.3 million people - a quarter of the population - are in need of aid.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
11 March 2014

Northeast Syria faces food crisis, but access eases elsewhere: WFP

Three northeastern provinces of Syria face an "alarming" food crisis, although access to relieve the impact of civil war has improved somewhat elsewhere, a U.N. aid agency said on Monday. Days before the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said the hardest areas to reach were the northeastern provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hassaka. "We don't have total absolute numbers on deaths due to starvation. There are no massive indications of that. But there are certainly widespread (and) what I would call alarming nutritional indicators," Amir Abdulla, the U.N. agency's deputy executive director, told a news briefing in Geneva.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 March 2014

Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say. A poor rain season in Syria has already hit its 2014 wheat outlook in the main rain-fed areas in the north eastern parts of the country, which should be ready for harvest in June and July, Syrian agriculturalists say. Experts say that even if late heavy rain comes in March, this will not save the rain-fed cereal harvest, which farmers are already resigned to relegating to animal fodder.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
10 March 2014

'Serious funding shortfall in Syria,' says UN agency

The World Food Programme says it has a serious funding shortfall for its work in Syria. The UN agency says it needs to raise money to help more than four million people displaced within Syria, as well as almost three million refugees in neighbouring countries.
BBC News

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