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Drought In Namibia Leaves Roughly One-Third Of Country’s Population Food Insecure

“Namibia’s worst drought in three decades has left roughly one-third of the country’s population moderately or severely food insecure,” according to UNICEF, Nature World News reports (Kemsley, 8/12). “According to the country’s Directorate for Disaster Risk Management, all 13 regions have been affected by the drought, with major shortages of…

IRIN Examines Innovation, Adaptation For Humanitarian Response

As part of its series titled “Humanitarian Futures,” IRIN examines how humanitarian response programs are changing in light of technological innovation, as well as a host of emerging risks including climate change, global population growth and a population shift toward urban centers. Because “donors, local [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], citizens groups,…

U.S. To Send Additional $195M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 8/7). “A statement from Obama marking Eid…

More Data Needed On Populations At Risk Of HIV In Emergency Settings, Experts Say

“More information about groups vulnerable to HIV infection during emergencies — including those labeled ‘most at-risk populations’ (MARPs) — is needed to improve humanitarian HIV programming, experts say,” IRIN reports. “‘In tense situations where everyone is watching everyone else to see what other people get their hands on, social stigma…

WFP Begins Distribution Of Maize To North Korea Flood Victims

“The U.N.’s World Food Programme [WFP] said on Tuesday it had begun distributing 460 tons of maize to victims of major floods in North Korea that have killed more than 30 people,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The aid is aimed at addressing the ‘immediate food needs’ of around 38,000 people living…

BBC News Magazine Examines Proposed U.S. Food Aid Reform

The BBC News magazine on Monday examined the debate over proposed food aid reforms in the U.S. “President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposed to change the law so that [up to] 45 percent of food for aid could be bought outside the U.S., or the hungry could be given cash…