Africa is lagging behind in tackling hunger with reports showing that over 25 percent of Africa’s population suffer from acute undernourishment.
According to the 2014 Hunger Map and a report titled the ‘State of Food Insecurity in the World: Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Food Security and Nutrition’ jointly prepared by World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the number of hungry people has fallen by over 200 million since 1992.
The report says 805 million people, or one in nine of the world’s population, go to bed hungry each night, adding that sub-Saharan Africa is in the worst condition worldwide with one in four of its people suffering from undernourishment.
To read the article titled, “Sub-Saharan Africans worst affected by undernourishment,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Oxfam says that a more holistic and integrated approach needs to be developed to end the scourge of hunger in South Africa.
Oxfam Economic Justice Campaign manager, Rashmi Mistry, says that according to the report ‘The Hidden Face of Hunger in South Africa’, low incomes, rising costs, a lack of access to productive resources and climate change are amongst the reasons causing 13 million people to go to bed hungry.
“In our dialogue with government, we discovered that the gap between their implementation, policies and strategies is very far from what people actually need and are experiencing on the ground and that needs to change.”
To read the article titled, “Ending hunger needs a more realistic approach: Oxfam,” click here.Source:SABC News
16 October is World Food Day and as the 20th World Food Day since the inception of democracy in South Africa, a grim shadow of hunger and malnutrition hangs over the gains of the democratic era.
In his article, Daniel Mclaren argues that while Section 27 of the South African Constitution guarantees the right to have access to sufficient food to all people in our country, a growing body of research on access to sufficient and nutritious food shows that this most basic of rights remains far from being fulfilled for millions of South Africans.
He further states that as a result of lack of access to nutritious food, South Africa is experiencing a double crisis of both underweight and overweight adults.
To read the article titled, “As World Food Day approaches, one in four South Africans are hungry,” click here.Source:All Africa
The South African government is mulling ways to improve access to food and ensure good nutrition, including proposals to increase public spending on social programmes that affect food security and market interventions.
Problems listed by the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security approved by the cabinet include inadequate safety nets and emergency management systems to provide for those who cannot meet their immediate food needs and a lack of knowledge and resources for people to make good choices for nutritious diets, among others.
A study in 2012 found that 26 percent of households experienced hunger and 28 percent were at risk of food insecurity.
To read the article titled, “Food security on the table,” click here.Source:Times Live
According to an article articled ‘The Good and Bad of Genetically Modified Organisms’ by Peter Sunday, the African Union a few months back called for an explanation regarding the good and the bad of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for Ugandans to decide which path to take.
Sunday states that the debate around GMOs comes at a time when 400 African organisations representing small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, social movements, non-governmental organisations, organic producers, consumers business people have signed an African civil society petition sent to African union denouncing GMOs on the basis of lack safety data on GMOs.
He further states that major trading countries are involved in conflicts in relation to patent rights of the products produced, with others argues that GM corn can trigger health problems like allergies.
To read the article titled, “The good and bad of Genetically Modified Organisms,” click here.Source:New Vision
The World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees.
In light of nearly 800 000 refugees in 22 African countries having their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half since mid-June, WFP appeals for US$186 million to maintain its food assistance to refugees through the end of the year, while UNHCR asks for US$39 million to fund nutritional support and food security activities to refugees in the affected countries.
A joint report by WFP and UNHCR warns that the failure to prevent continued ration cuts will lead to high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children and the most vulnerable.
To read the article titled, “New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa,” click here.Source:IRIN News
Food Bank Angola (BAA) in partnership with local supermarkets held a foodstuffs raising campaign in Luanda, to contribute to the fight against hunger in the country.
BAA chief executive officer, Albina Assis, says the campaign aims to boost her organisation and therefore make the foodstuffs to reach those who need it through specialised institutions.
Assis adds that the campaign is the first conducted by BAA, adding that the items raised will be handed over to social institutions such as Mama Muxima orphanage, Centro Nossa Senhora da Boa Nova and Centre of the Association of Friendship among others.
To read the article titled, “Food Bank runs foodstuffs raising campaign,” click here.Source:All Africa
World Hunger Day, which is being observed on 28 May, is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty.
The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that there are about 842 million undernourished people in the world.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under the age of five, amounting to about 3.1 million children each year.
To read the article titled, “World Hunger Day seeks to find sustainable solutions,” click here.Source:SABC News
The United States (US) government has launched a five-year, US$100 million programme to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, states that his country remains committed to the welfare of Zimbabweans.
Nonprofit international development organisations, World Vision and CNFA, will implement the five-year programme in Zimbabwe's most drought-prone provinces.
To read the article titled, “USAID targets Zimbabwe food shortages, malnutrition,” click here.Source:All Africa
A Swazi-based newspaper has reported that people in rural Swaziland are about to die of hunger.
The report states that rain has been scarce this season, adding that crops have failed and food has run out.
The newspaper further quoted one unnamed elderly woman as saying that: “We are starving, literally starving my child. Just like most of the kitchens in this community right now, there is absolutely no food.”
To read the article titled, “'Starvation' to Hit Swaziland,” click here.Source:All Africa