food insecurity

Africans Worst Affected by Undernourishment

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.

Call for a Realistic Approach to End Hunger

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.

South Africans to Celebrate World Food Day

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.

South Africa Prioritises Food Security

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.
 

GMOs: The ‘Good and Bad’

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.

Campaign Aims to Fight Hunger

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.

World Hunger Day Commemorated

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. 

US Govt Tackles Food Shortages in Zim

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.
 

Starvation to Hit Swaziland

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.

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