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Food Security, Malnutrition Worsen In CAR, U.N. Agencies Warn

Media outlets report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. News Centre: Urgent action needed to tackle food crisis in strife-torn Central African Republic – U.N. “A senior United Nations relief official [Wednesday] stressed the need to act quickly to assist people suffering from food insecurity…

Syria’s Yarmuk Refugee Camp Gets U.N. Aid After Two-Week Halt

Agence France-Presse/The Daily Star: Syria’s besieged Yarmuk gets U.N. aid after two-week halt “The U.N. Palestinian refugee agency on Tuesday resumed food distribution in the besieged Yarmuk camp in Damascus after a two-week halt. UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] spokesman Chris Gunness said aid workers distributed 465 food…

Closing Gender Gap Can ‘Bolster Food Security’ In Africa

The Guardian: Mind the gap: closing gender divide in African agriculture could reduce hunger “Investing in childcare and adult education, and giving women farmers the same access as men to fertilizer and training, could significantly increase food production and improve their lives and that of their families, according to a…

WFP Airdrops Food Assistance To Remote Areas Of South Sudan

World Food Programme: WFP Airdrops Food In South Sudan The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) announced in a press release that it “has started a series of urgently needed airdrops of food assistance to remote areas of South Sudan that are unreachable because of insecurity and other obstacles. WFP launched…

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…

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…

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,…

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…