Aid workers must have access to those in need in Yemen

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12 October 2009 – The top United Nations humanitarian official has urged all sides in the conflict in northern Yemen to ensure that aid workers can reach those in need, noting that insecurity is hampering access to several areas.

Some 150,000 people have been driven from their homes by fighting between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels that resumed in mid-August.

“I urge all involved in the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians in line with international humanitarian law, to allow us to reach those who need assistance, rapidly and without hindrance, and to enable civilians to leave insecure areas,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said yesterday as he concluded his mission to Yemen.

Partnering for Food Security

09/26/2009 00:00
09/26/2009 00:00
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought together representatives from about 130 countries on the 26th of September, 2009 to discuss ways to boost global food security, a vital issue in a world where one sixth of humanity suffers from chronic hunger.

Date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Boosting agricultural productivity key to feeding growing population

12 October 2009 – Governments must ensure that agriculture becomes more productive if it is to feed a growing world population expected to reach nearly 9.2 billion people by 2050 as well as respond to the environmental challenges ahead, a senior United Nations official said today.

Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told a meeting in Rome that the combined effect of population growth, strong income growth and urbanization is expected to result in almost the doubling of demand for food, feed and fibre.

The challenge is not only to increase global future production but to increase it where it is mostly needed and by those who need it most

UN backs campaign to vaccinate against measles and rubella

7 October 2009 – Two United Nations agencies are backing a two-week nationwide campaign by health authorities in Tajikistan to immunize an estimated 2.5 million children in the mountainous, landlocked Central Asian country against measles and rubella.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping health officials conduct the campaign, which targets all children between the ages of one and 14 and is scheduled to conclude this week.

Vaccinations are being carried out at health centres in both cities and rural areas, while mobile teams are also visiting schools and kindergartens.

Ban condemns ‘heinous’ attack on UN food aid office in Pakistan

5 October 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s suicide attack against the office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan in which five staff members were killed.

The attack took place at 12:15 local time in the capital, Islamabad, according to a statement from WFP, which added that a number of injured – some of whom are in a critical condition – are being treated in hospital.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the UN and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued in Geneva, where he is currently on an official visit.

Mauritania’s farmers to benefit from UN scheme to reduce dependence on food imports

5 October 2009 – Farmers in Mauritania will receive financial help to turn milk into butter and cheese, to clean and package the vegetables they grow and to add value to other raw products under a $12 million programme unveiled by the United Nations agency tasked with eradicating rural poverty.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced yesterday that it will provide a grant of $6 million and a loan of $6 million as part of the scheme, which aims to boost food production and to lower the West African country’s dependence on food imports.

Thousands of Ugandans return to their farms after 20 years in displaced camps

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photo: the advocacy project

2 October 2009 – More than a million Ugandans driven from their homes by decades of violent conflict are gradually moving back to their homeland in the north of the country thanks to an innovative United Nations-backed farming project, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today.

A new rice-based farming system aimed at improving food security and reducing poverty in Uganda has enabled the incremental return of around 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) after living in makeshift camps for more than 20 years.

UN expands food aid in flood-stricken South-East Asia to Laos

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2 October 2009 – The United Nations is ramping up its relief operations in flood-stricken South-East Asia, appealing for donor support and rushing food to southern Laos where some 250,000 people have been hit by typhoon-spawned rain that have already affected an estimated 3 million in the Philippines.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is sending rice and canned fish to the hardest-hit communities in the southern Lao provinces of Sekong and Attapeu, where more than 90 per cent of land has been flooded, crops destroyed, vital food stocks depleted, and hundreds of houses submerged.

Insecurity and clashes in northern Yemen keep aid from thousands in need

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1 October 2009 – Insecurity and sporadic clashes in and around the northern Yemeni town of Sa’ada are impeding aid delivery to thousands of trapped civilians and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have not received help since the conflict escalated six weeks ago, the United Nations reported today.

“Given the access limitations and geographical spread of the IDPs in all four governorates affected by the conflict, it has been very difficult to assess the full scope of displacement up to now, and to provide sufficient relief to those in need,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said of the fighting between the Government and rebels, which has driven some 150,000 people from their homes.

Crisis Hits Low-Income Countries Worse than Anticipated

Crisis Hits Low-Income Countries Worse than Anticipated, but Flexible Program Design has Given Governments Greater Policy Space to Respond, IMF Studies Show
Press Release No. 09/340
October 1, 2009

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