The government of Kenya on Wednesday announced a $314 million plan to “tackle a drought which has hit food crop-growing regions, reduced hydro-electricity production and led to widespread water shortages,” Bloomberg reports.
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Kenyan Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday that the country’s government allocated $118.1 million to buy additional food imports because up to 10 million people are at risk of “severe hunger” due to drought, Bloomberg reports.
Pollution from the world’s wealthiest countries is spreading disease and hunger in developing countries, according to a new Oxfam International report, which calls on developed countries to address global warming when G8 leaders meet in Italy, the Globe and Mail reports.
The World Food Programme (WFP) issued an urgent appeal on Tuesday for $23 million in “financial support from international donors for food aid to Yemen specifically targeted at women and children,” AFP/Google.com reports.
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The Daily Trust/allAfrica.com examines food security in Nigeria. Despite its agricultural potential, the “food crisis” in Nigeria “poses a big question as to what is responsible for the insecurity in food production, preservation and storage,” according to the newspaper. A government committee recently toured the country in an effort to…
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has been named a global ambassador against hunger for the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP), Xinhua reports.
Lancet Commends U.K. All-Parliamentary Group on AIDS Call For HIV Drug Patent Pool A Lancet editorial examines recent recommendations by the U.K. All-Parliamentary Group on AIDS for pharmaceutical companies to implement an HIV drug patent pool â€“ an appeal, “Drug companies have dismissed” in the past. The authors conclude, “Although…
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U.N. Releases 1.5M For Sahrawi Refugees The U.N. has released 1.5 million dollars in emergency aid to help the 90,000 Sahrawi refugees who have fled to Algeria, the U.N. development office in Algiers said Sunday, the AFP/Yahoo! Canada News (7/26). Malnutrition among the refugees stands at about 18 percent, according…
“If climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer exist,” which means that the “majority of people could soon be without enough food or water,” Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University, warns in a New York Times opinion piece.