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2.81M Affected By Drought In Central America, WFP Says

Reuters: Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America: U.N. “A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, though the region’s coffee crop has been…

UNICEF Document Cites ‘Stunning Figures’ On Malnutrition In Sudan

New York Times: Malnutrition Crisis in Sudan Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “Here’s an internal UNICEF document citing stunning figures for malnutrition in Sudan, particularly in Darfur. … [T]his document suggests that the suffering continues at horrifying levels. … According to UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan, Geert Cappelaere, children are…

Brazil Leads In Maternal Milk Bank Development

Associated Press: Brazil’s maternal milk banks model for globe “Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid for their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers was so costly it limited the country’s ability to expand the program’s reach. That has…

Food Aid Can Fuel International Conflict

Huffington Post Canada: Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict Patricia Adams, executive director of Probe International, and Brady Yauch, an economist with Probe International “…A 10 percent increase in food aid delivered to a country will, on average, increase the incidence of conflict by four percent. Food aid also increases…

U.N. Agencies Warn Of Food Shortages In Ebola-Hit Nations; WFP Needs $70M To Feed 1.3M

News outlets report on U.N. warnings that the Ebola outbreak is threatening food security in affected countries. Agence France-Presse: ‘Grave concerns’ over food shortages in Ebola-hit nations: U.N. “The United Nations warned on Tuesday of ‘grave food security concerns’ in the West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak…

More Than 1M Somalis Urgently Need Food Aid, U.N. Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: One million Somalis starve as towns besieged and food prices quadruple “More than a million hungry Somalis urgently need food aid due to worsening drought and conflict, a 20 percent increase since January, the U.N. said on Tuesday…” (Migiro, 9/2).

Record 4.1M In Syria Received Food Aid In August, WFP Says

Reuters: Record 4.1 million in Syria got food aid in August, U.N. says “A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday…”…

Somalia Heading Towards Second Famine; Donors Must Act Now, U.N. Says

Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe': U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said on Sunday…” (Jorgic, 8/29).