UN agency voices concern at high malnutrition rates among Somali refugees

5 July 2011 – As the influx of Somali refugees into neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia continues unabated, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about unprecedented levels of malnutrition among the new arrivals, especially children.

More than 50 per cent of Somali children arriving in Ethiopia, and between 30 to 40 per cent of those arriving in Kenya, are seriously malnourished, says the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN official appeals for resources to help millions facing hunger in Horn of Africa


29 June 2011 – The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced concern over the plight of nearly 10 million people facing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa, adding that resources for the relief effort in the region are dwindling at a time when assistance needs to be stepped up.

Millions facing severe food crisis amid worsening drought in Horn of Africa – UN


28 June 2011 – An estimated 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are facing a severe food crisis following a prolonged drought in the region, with child malnutrition rates in some areas twice the emergency threshold amid high food prices that have left families desperate, the United Nations reported today.

Stabilizing rural Burundi - Agriculture is key to bolstering peace

22 June 2011, Bujumbura - Peace in Burundi can be consolidated by stabilizing the country's rural communities, says FAO. The UN agency is calling for continued support to the most vulnerable farmers, while stressing the need to develop agriculture's economic potential.

Burundi's population is expected to rise from around 8.5 million today to 13 million in 2025. Ensuring local food production for a growing population will be a major challenge, as almost all the country's arable land is already being farmed.

Brazil gives food assistance to DRC refugees in Congo

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Brazil has donated 200 tonnes of maize for DR Congo refugees in Congo's northern department of Likouala.

The Brazilian Ambassador to Congo, Paulo AV Wolowski, handed over the donation to the Congolese Minister of Social Affairs, Emilienne Raoul, Tuesday.

The maize was obtained by the World Food Programme (WFP), which purchased it from farmers in the Congo's southern department of Bouenza, to enable them to access national and regional markets to fight against poverty.

According to the Brazilian diplomat, this aid is a response to the call by Congo for assistance to refugees from the DRC.

Drought in Horn of Africa threatens millions


14 June 2011, Rome/Nairobi - The number of people facing severe food shortages is set to increase as the impact of drought, along with high food and fuel prices, continues to grip the Horn of Africa region, FAO warned today.

High levels of acute malnutrition are widespread and more than 8 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of emergency assistance.

The region has now experienced two consecutive seasons of significantly below-average rainfall, resulting in failed crop production, depletion of grazing resources and significant livestock mortality.

Chronic crisis

UN calls for better grain storage to reduce Africa’s post-harvest losses


31 May 2011 – Large amounts of food in sub-Saharan Africa goes to waste as a result of inappropriate storage, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report unveiled today, which calls for investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce to the losses and boost the continent’s food security.

UN-managed irrigation project in Sudan boosts community’s crop production

24 May 2011 – Irrigation equipment  provided  through an initiative managed by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has enabled more than 1,000 farmers in north-eastern Sudan to increase harvests and boost incomes from the sale of their produce.

US$17.40 million from IFAD to boost food security and rural infrastructure in Chad

Rome, 20 May 2011 – A US$8.95 million loan and a US$8.45 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Republic of Chad will help improve the livelihoods of poor rural people and increase economic growth potential in the country’s Guéra region, the UN rural poverty agency has announced.

The loan and grant agreement for the Rural Development Support Programme in Guéra was signed today in Rome by Hassan Elimi TchonaÏ, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad to the Federal Republic of Germany and Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD.

GEF grants US$4.35M to Morocco to help small farmers adapt to Climate Change


Washington, May 17, 2011—The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$4.35million grant to increase Morocco’s small farmer’s resilience to climate change. The grant—from the Special Climate Change Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)—is designed to strengthen the capacity of institutions and farmers to integrate climate change adaptation measures in projects which are implemented under the Plan Maroc Vert. The Government of Morocco will co-finance the grant with an investment of US$27 million.


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