Food security

ICRC Buys Starving Livestock to Feed the Needy

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mali has bought up thousands of starving animals, slaughters them and distributes the meat to the country’s drought-stricken population.

With containers in hands, residents await the meat from four cows slaughtered in the village in the north-west of the country, which have lost too much weight from lack of grazing and water.

Women and Food Insecurity in Zimbabwe: Stuck between Gender Norms, the Economic Downturn and Climate Change

The combination of climate change and the global economic downturn means that most African countries, including Zimbabwe, face food insecurity. Droughts, floods, poverty and unemployment result in high levels of uncertainty and anxiety about where the next meal is going to come from. Like many other matters, the concept of food insecurity in Zimbabwe is also characterised by gendered dimensions, in that women usually bear the brunt of food insecurity at household level (3).

UN Warns of Food Crises in South Sudan

The top United Nations (UN) official in south Sudan has warned that the impoverished region faced a major food crisis that could lead to ‘free fall’, with half of its residents relying on aid this year.

The UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Juba, south Sudan, Lisa Grande, points out that, "We have a very general problem of food insecurity across all of southern Sudan."

Group Bans WFP in Somalia

Somalia's hard-line Islamist rebel group, al-Shabaab, has ordered the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to halt all operations and leave the failed horn of Africa state.

In a press statement, al-Shabaab maintains that the agency's food distribution has negatively affected local farmers. The group also accuses the WFP of handing out expired food and of harbouring covert political aims like offering assistance to Ethiopians.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2009

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2009 is the tenth progress report on world hunger since the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS). Compiled by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the report highlights that the food crisis has twinned with the economic crisis increasing the number of hungry people. The global economic crisis had added another blow to the food-insecure and vulnerable.

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