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U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S. Sudan face perfect storm of woe as war drags on (+video) “When war broke out in…

Intervention Needed In South Sudan To Prevent Humanitarian Crisis

VOA News: U.N. Humanitarian Chief Warns of ‘Major Humanitarian Crisis’ in South Sudan “The United Nations’ top humanitarian official, Valerie Amos, said this week the international community must intervene quickly in South Sudan, or watch the young country sink even deeper into disaster and possible famine…” (Zeitvogel, 7/17).

Somalia Declares Drought, Faces Worsening Food Crisis

News outlets report on Somalia’s drought and worsening food crisis. Agence France-Presse: Somalia facing disaster three years after devastating famine “Three years after famine in Somalia killed a quarter of a million people in six months, aid agencies warned Sunday a new catastrophe is looming unless urgent aid arrives. A…

South Sudan Conflict Causes Surge In Malnutrition, Aid To Fall Short

News outlets report on the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and its worsening hunger and aid crisis. Agence France-Presse/News24: At least 7 million need aid in Sudan “Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing…

More Than 10M Yemenis Face Food Insecurity, U.N. Survey Shows

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. survey shows 10 million Yemenis still struggle for food “A new United Nations survey has found that over 10 million Yemenis — more than 40 percent of the population — do not know where their next meal will come from…” (7/15).

Poor Sanitation In India Contributes To Childhood Malnutrition

New York Times: Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition “…Now, an emerging body of scientific studies suggest that … many of the 162 million children under the age of five in the world who are malnourished are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation…”…

South Sudan Faces Cholera Outbreak, Refugee Crisis

News outlets report on the cholera outbreak and refugee crisis in South Sudan. Associated Press: Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency “An outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of South Sudan, worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis amid ongoing violence, the aid group Save the…

Political Commitment Needed To Reduce Hunger, Undernutrition

SciDev.Net: Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will? Roger Williamson, independent consultant and visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex “The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (10 indicators)…

Financial Commitments To Improve Agriculture Can Help Prevent Food Crises

Devex: We can prevent another food price crisis Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…This year, African leaders have recommitted to investing in agriculture at their annual leaders’ summit, but there is currently a significant financing gap toward these plans. The support…