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
The United Nations (UN) is reportedly seeking to raise US$60 million to help feed Zimbabwe’s two million people in need of food assistance.
The country director of the UN World Food Programme in Zimbabwe, Sory Ouane, says the UN has budgeted US$86m for its food assistance programme to June this year.
Ouane says Zimbabwe is becoming a ‘forgotten emergency’ as there are other countries like the Central African Republic and South Sudan also in need of aid assistance.
To read the article titled, “UN seeks US$60m to feed hungry Zimbabweans,” click here.Source:News 24
- Rural Affairs Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, has for the first time opened up about the controversial Masibambisane development project run by President Jacob Zuma and his cousin, Deebo Mzobe.
Nkwinti, whose department has been closely associated with the project, in effect accused Masibambisane of hijacking rural-development initiatives.
“It was the way it was managed and the way it has been projected. It is out of order,” he argues.
Zuma is the NGO’s chair and Mzobe his deputy.
To read the article titled, “Nkwinti vs Zuma’s NGO,” click here.Source:City Press
According to a recent global forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), by the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world's poorest countries.
The USDA says that by 2023 the number of food-insecure people is likely to increase by nearly 23 percent to 868 million (at a slightly faster rate than projected population growth of 16 percent).
The USDA's Economic Research Service focused on 76 low- and middle-income countries classified by the World Bank as being on food aid, experiencing food insecurity, or as having experienced it.
In countries most likely to see a significant rise in the number of food-insecure people, such as Malawi and Uganda, the production and import of food will not be able to keep pace with population growth.
To read the article titled, “The future of food aid,” click here.Source:All Africa
Nearly 10 percent of Malawi's 13 million people face hunger due of low yields of the main staple maize, prolonged dry spells and flooding.
According to Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee, "The total number of people who will not be able to meet their annual food requirement during the 2013/14 consumption period is 1 461 940, representing 9.5 percent of national total population."
The grouping of several government departments, the United Nations, embassies and humanitarian agencies say those affected will need assistance for a period of between two to five months.
To read the article titled, “Malawi faces food shortage,” click here.Source:News 24
Civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world have condemned a Southern African Development Community (SADC) draft protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Plant Breeders’ Rights), saying it spells disaster for small-scale farmers.
The groups, representing millions of farmers globally, have submitted a list of their concerns to the SADC secretariat, urging it to throw the document away and consult farmers and CSOs.
According to the groups, the protocol is inflexible, restrictive and imposes a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plant variety protection (PVP) system on all SADC countries, irrespective of the nature of agricultural systems and socioeconomic development.
To read the article titled, “New pact spells doom for smallholders,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Centre for International Research on Forests (CIFOR) says that malnutrition could be greatly reduced and food security improved by ensuring improved access to nutrient-rich forest-derived foods like berries, bushmeat, roots, insects and nuts for the world's poorest populations.
CIFOR’s nutritionist and researcher, Bronwen Powell, points out that, "I believe forest foods are particularly important for reducing malnutrition when it comes to micronutrients such as vitamin A and iron."
In the same vein, Monica Ayieko, a family and consumer economist and an edible insect researcher at Maseno University, argues that the westernisation of diets has made people to associate wild foods with poverty, adding that, “It is a pity because so many children die as a result of nutrient deficiency, yet these are abundant in wild foods."
To read the article titled, “Wild foods could improve nutrition and food security,” click here.Source:All Africa
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says that about 10 Angolan provinces have been severely hit by drought.
UNICEF’s representative in Angola Koenraad Vanormelingen, estimates that hundreds of thousands of families are affected, adding that, "We are concerned with the situation which started last year and has affected 533 000 children in the Southern African nation.”
Vanormelingen adds that there is already US$5.1 million granted by European Union to be used by the Angolan government to fight hunger, with the support of the international community and local NGOs.
To read the article titled, “Ten Angolan provinces hit by hunger: UNICEF,” click here.Source:Africa Review
The Department of Agriculture says the lower than expected electricity tariff increase announced last week will help curb household food insecurity.
Agriculture Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, points out that, "Electricity and fuel increases are among factors that are beyond the control of agriculture but they determine the competitiveness and costs of the sector."
Joemat-Pettersson further states that her department would ensure that it could produce enough food to curb household food insecurity across the country.
To read the article titled, “Minister vows to tackle food insecurity,” click here.Source:Fin24