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12 February 2016

El Niño Set To Have A Devastating Impact On Southern Africa’s Harvests And Food Security

Joint Statement by WFP, FEWS NET, EC-JRC and FAO*

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

Nutrition
1 October 2014

WFP Launches Major Study Into Brazil's Success In Buying From Smallholder Farmers

JOHANNESBURG – The World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger is launching a research initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to analyse Brazil’s success in linking smallholder farmers with government demand for farmed food.

2 October 2013

South Africa Contributes ToThe Fight Against Hunger In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

KINSHASA – The Republic of South Africa has announced a contribution of 3 million rand (US$ 290,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist displaced people facing food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Hunger in the news
30 November 2012

Hunger Season Bites Across Southern Africa As Millions Face Prospect Of Food Shortages

JOHANNESBURG – Working with governments and partners, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up efforts to deliver food assistance to more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa. Among the worst affected countries are Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Communities already struggling to feed their families are now bracing for the onset of the so-called hunger season that traditionally lasts from December until harvest time in March.

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