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Ebola Epidemic Could Cause Food Crisis In West Africa, Experts Warn

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on food security in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis “The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the…

WFP Cuts Food Rations For Up To 1M Afghans Due To Lack Of Funding

Reuters: U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding “Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Programme to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds…

International Cooperation, Solidarity Needed To Resolve Global Hunger

Deutsche Welle: Politicians should redouble efforts to end hunger Grahame Lucas, head of the Deutsche Welle South East Asia Service “…The aid organizations involved in the compilation of the Global Hunger Index have called for greater international cooperation and solidarity to resolve [conflicts that contribute to food insecurity and micronutrient…

U.N. Spotlights Needs, Vulnerabilities Of Older Persons During Disasters

U.N. News Centre: On World Disaster Reduction Day, U.N. spotlights unique needs, vulnerabilities of older persons “Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations is spotlighting the need to address the vulnerabilities facing older persons, who suffer disproportionately high levels of death and injuries in different types of emergencies…

Polio Risk Growing In Pakistan, Conflict Zones In Middle East

News outlets report on the growing risk of polio in Pakistan and conflict zones in the Middle East. Deutsche Welle: Conflict and polio “Polio is on the rise in countries at conflict, such as Syria and Iraq. The disease was eradicated there 14 years ago. But regional conflict and a…

S. Sudan Government Agrees To Address Sexual Violence During Conflict, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. envoy, Government agree on steps to tackle widespread sexual violence “Back from her first visit to South Sudan, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned [Monday] that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of…

WFP Cuts Food Aid To Syria Because Of Funding Shortfall

Agence France-Presse: U.N. cuts Syria food aid over funding shortfall: official “The United Nations said on Monday that it has started cutting the food aid it provides to 4.2 million Syrians ravaged by war because of a shortfall in funding. … Around two million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey,…

U.N. Official Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Somalia

U.N. News Centre: Somalia: amid unstable security, U.N. warns of growing humanitarian crisis “The top United Nations official in Somalia today condemned the car bombing which left an estimated 13 people dead and many more injured in Mogadishu, the capital, amid a precarious humanitarian situation in the rest of the…

USAID Blog Post Recognizes International Day For Disaster Reduction

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Reducing Disaster Risk for All Generations Laura Powers, senior humanitarian adviser, and Sara Westrick Schomig, special projects adviser for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, write about the International Day for Disaster Reduction, recognized on October 13. “…This year we pay special attention to the global aging…