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Food Insecurity In Senegal Could Worsen, IRIN Reports

IRIN: An alarming outlook for Senegal’s hungry “The number of food insecure in the Sahel is expected to grow from 11.3 million in 2013 to more than 20 million in 2014, mainly due to an increase in cases in northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, and Senegal…” (3/12).

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

Report On Global Food Policy Finds Hunger Persists In Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

VOA News: Ending Hunger and Undernutrition “A new report says ending persistent hunger and undernutrition should be top development priorities. The International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, has released its annual Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI has set a goal of 2025 for ending hunger and undernutrition. …[F]igures actually represent an…

Conflict-Torn South Sudan Could Face Famine, U.S., E.U. Envoys Warn

Agence France-Presse: War-torn South Sudan facing ‘spectre’ of famine: U.S., E.U. envoys “South Sudan faces possible famine if warring forces continue to flout a ceasefire deal, U.S. and E.U. envoys warned Thursday, after almost three months of raging conflict left thousands dead…” (Fortin, 3/13).

Recent Current Events Could Signal Food Price Volatility

CNN: Are more food protests around the corner? Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph “This week’s headlines may have been dominated by the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, but three seemingly unrelated stories that have developed over the past week…

UNHCR Increases Aid To CAR Refugees In Cameroon

U.N. News Centre: Cameroon: U.N. steps up measures to address alarming health situation of Central African refugees “The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners said [Friday] that they are stepping up efforts to help the growing numbers of Central African refugees arriving ill in Cameroon due to hunger…

Gender Equality Necessary For Food Security

IRIN: How equal rights boost food security “Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change. ‘For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change,…

Insecurity Hinders Humanitarian Response In Northern Nigera

IRIN: Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria “Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due…

Nutrition Momentum In 2013 Must Translate To Measurable Impact In 2014

The Guardian: 2014: the year we defeat child hunger? Stuart Gillespie, senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute and chief executive of the Transform Nutrition consortium “2013 was a golden year for nutrition, with ramped up political attention and massive financial pledges. But 2014 has to be…

Zimbabwe Government To End Food Aid Program

CAJ News: Zimbabwe: Zim Plans to Discontinue Food Relief Scheme “The Zimbabwean government will soon scrap the drought relief food aid to thousands of villagers in Masvingo in anticipation of bumper harvests. Government officials said following good rains forecasts had indicated that nearly all households would have enough food by…

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