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Aid, Small Harvests Avert South Sudan Famine, But Risks Remain, WFP Says

Reuters: South Sudan famine temporarily averted, but risks remain: U.N. “Aid and some small harvests have helped stave off a feared famine in South Sudan, but any more fighting there could still leave millions facing severe hunger next year, a senior World Food Programme (WFP) official said on Friday…” (Jorgic,…

Violence Against Civilians, Aid Workers Hampers CAR Relief Efforts

News outlets report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR), where attacks are being targeted at both civilians and aid workers. U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: As violence flares, U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian conditions “Fresh fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) has aggravated the…

Ebola Epidemic Forcing WFP To Operate Beyond Core Mission, Official Says

The Guardian: Scale of Ebola epidemic in Guinea forces WFP into uncharted territory “…Elisabeth Faure, WFP’s Guinea director, said the scale of the [Ebola] epidemic was forcing the organization to operate far beyond its core emergency mission of getting $25m (£15.5m) of food to at least 353,000 people. As well…

Shift Toward Sustainability, Better Nutrition Makes Economic Sense

Project Syndicate: Rethinking Hunger Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director-general and coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization “The world has a nutrition problem. Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries,…

Almost 25M People In Sahel Experiencing Food Insecurity, OCHA Estimates

IRIN: Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel “Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)…”…

Christian Science Monitor Examines FAO Report On Hunger

Christian Science Monitor: Report: Fewer people in the world are malnourished “Fewer people in the world are going hungry, as the number of chronically undernourished dropped from 18.7 percent of the total population to 11.3 percent between 1990 and 2014. A report released in September by the Food and Agriculture…

U.N. Urges Greater Support For Iraqis In Need Of Humanitarian Aid Ahead Of Winter

U.N. News Centre: As winter closes in, U.N. launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need “An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned [Thursday] as it launched an…

Blog Post Discusses Inefficiencies In U.S. Food Aid Program

Humanosphere: United States wastes billions of dollars to ship food aid Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the U.S. food aid program, Food for Peace, writing, “…A comprehensive investigation by USA Today and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism confirms what has long been said about U.S. food aid — it…