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WFP To Launch Food Aid Operation To Assist 1M Haitians Affected By Drought

U.N. News Centre: U.N. food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced [Monday] it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño…

International Response To Southern African Drought ‘Slow,’ The Economist Reports

The Economist: Southern Africa’s drought: Too little, too late “…The world’s response has been slow and stingy. Emma Donnelly, the coordinator for Britain’s Department for International Development in Zambia, says the migrant crisis in Europe and the war in Syria are straining donors’ capacity and will. Delay is costly: a…

Global Community’s Support To Ethiopia Critical As Country Faces Food Shortages, Drought

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Six million children in Ethiopia are hungry and without clean water. It is in all of our interests to help Ethiopia overcome the worst drought in fifty years Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International “…[Ethiopia’s] government is faced now with dealing with three challenges: the…

International Community Must Work Together To Address Humanitarian Crises

Huffington Post: The Forgotten Crises Samuel A. Worthington, CEO of InterAction “…We must not ignore people in Africa who are forced to flee from their homes due to violence and conflict. … [W]e must work to immediately alleviate suffering and build communities that are resilient to multiple shocks. … The…

Drought Conditions Increasing Food Insecurity In Ethiopia, Northern Somalia, U.N. Says

Bloomberg: Food Emergency Spreads in Ethiopia as Drought Worsens, U.N. Says “…Consecutive missed rainy seasons last year caused by the ocean-warming effects of El Niño have left about a fifth of Ethiopia’s approximately 100 million population in need of food aid. A total of 443 districts were categorized as being…

Editorials, Opinion Piece Address U.S. Zika Response

Orlando Sentinel: Don’t play politics in Zika fight: Editorial Editorial Board “[T]here should be no patience with partisan brinkmanship when public health is at stake. It’s been nearly two months since Obama formally requested that Congress appropriate $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus. … Congress’ GOP leaders have refused…

Investments In Small Farmers Critical To Reach Many Development Goals

Huffington Post: Small Farmers Can Help Meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals — But They Need Our Support Shenggen Fan, economist and director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…[S]mall farmers can help us achieve many of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], but only if we bolster their…

Flooding Causing Food Insecurity In DRC’s Katanga Province; 40K Face Hunger

Humanosphere: 40,000 face hunger as floods hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Charlie Ensor, a freelance journalist and Humanosphere contributor, examines recent flooding in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically the Katanga Province, which “has destroyed houses, farms, and livelihoods, and it is thought that 40,000 people face food shortages.…

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