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
In the report, ‘Financing Africa’s Future: The Fight Against Poverty’, the ONE campaign laments setbacks in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty around the world and called for a renewed drive to that end.
ONE says that some progress has been made, noting that the proportion of people living on less than US$1.25 a day has been halved over the past two decades.
The organisation praises such countries as Britain, Japan, Germany, Norway France, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands for increased aid.
The advocacy organisation of nearly six million people - cofounded by Bono of the music group U2 - aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and is funded by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations.
To read the article titled, “Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty,” click here.Source:The Citizen
According to Sue George, editor of Guardian Creative, fragile states - low-income countries where the state is weak due to disagreements over its legitimacy or capabilities – are often unable to meet their citizens’ basic needs.
According to the World Bank, progress to ending extreme poverty is much slower in fragile states than elsewhere and it estimates that by 2030, 40 percent of the world’s poor will live in states that are fragile or affected by conflict.
As a result, many organisations working in various parts of the development sector have projects designed to improve this situation.
To read the article titled, “Expect the unexpected: starting successful partnerships in fragile states, click here.Source:The Guardian
Fernando Pontes Pereira, the State secretary for local Administration within Angola’s Ministry of Territorial Administration, states that the development works, in the framework of the integrated programme to fighting hunger and poverty are in a good path.
Pereira asserts that among the programmes in execution, greater attention has been given to the projects in education and water supply.
He further adds that, the quality of works must be taken in account - the human resources and other factors - as a situation that guarantees the materialisation of infrastructures.
To read the article titled, “State secretary praises works of programme against poverty,” click here.Source:All Africa
Humanitarian aid agency, the Gift of the Givers Foundation is preparing to travel to Gaza to assist with relief efforts.
Gift of the Givers founder, director and chairperson, Imtiaz Sooliman, points out that, “This is probably one of the most dangerous missions we've ever undertaken in 22 years of our history. It is a mission for which we have got the greatest number of volunteers and medical volunteers.”
Sooliman states that apart from medical volunteers, the organisation can probably fill three planes, adding that, “But you have to be practical, and you have to take people who can save lives."
To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers to travel to Gaza,” click here.Source:SABC News
The United Nations (UN) Security Council is calling for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid as South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world.
The agency says that approximately 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as fighting continues in that country.
The UN Security Council describes a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” saying the country is on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues.
To read the article titled, “S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’,” click here.Source:IOL News
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
As Malawi marks 50 years of freedom from colonial rule, numerous locals say the country today is living in a new form of bondage: poverty.
At an event in the capital Lilongwe, thousands of Malawians, along with African leaders, including Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, are expected to mark five decades of freedom from Britain.
Malawi’s president, Peter Mutharika, will use the event to mark five decades of freedom from Britain in Lilongwe, to outline government’s plans for the fragile economy in a keynote address that also marks the 20-year anniversary of multi-party democracy.
To read the article titled, “Fifty years after independence, Malawians struggle under grinding poverty,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Feed A Child South Africa, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to provide of sustainable solutions to uplift human dignity caused by the devastation of poverty, has apologised after its advertisement, meant to raise awareness about starving children, drew heavy criticism.
The organisation’s chief executive, Elza Rautenbach, points out that, "We apologise for the advertisement. It was not intended to cause harm to anyone."
Rautenbach says that the organisation will still retain its relationship with the advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather Cape Town, which produced the advertisement.
The advertisement, which was aired on television, showed a white woman having a meal and feeding a black child who is kneeling on the floor.
To read the article titled, “NGO apologises for 'racist' child ad,” click here.Source:News 24