Hunger

Banda Targets Rural and Urban Poor

Malawi President of Malawi, Joyce Banda says that her country has no boundary of urban and rural as far as poverty is concerned, one of the reasons why she has directed the Mudzi Transformation Trust to renovate and construct new houses for the needy in both areas.

Banda believes that, "…I am well informed that there are also people living in poverty in urban areas according to what I have seen at Chikanda," further wishing that her administration could make sure that people are sleeping in houses that do not leak when it rains.

Call for Enhanced Poverty Fight in Zambia

Pertti Anttinen, Zambia’s Finnish ambassador, states that the fight against poverty should be enhanced as Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence.

Anttinen argues that it is important for Zambia to address the high poverty levels and make economic growth all inclusive for citizens.

He further maintains that, “Zambia has been a long-time friend and one of the seven priority countries for Finland development." 

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.

UN Cuts Food Aid in Zimbabwe

More Zimbabweans face serious hunger, following the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) cutting the number of people it assists with aid.
 
The WFP states that it has cut rations to a million Zimbabweans, and more cuts could be coming this year.
 
The agency announced in 2013 that one in four of Zimbabwe's rural population is expected to need food assistance in 2014, recognising this as the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support.
 

Yacoob Calls for Freedom From Poverty in SA

According to Zak Yacoob, a retired Constitutional Court judge, freedom from poverty in the South African context is one of the most important freedoms.

Delivering the fifth annual Helen Suzman memorial lecture in Johannesburg, Yacoob, said that as South Africa's democracy moved towards its 20th anniversary, far too many of its citizens still suffer from poverty.

Corruption Hinders MDGs - CIVICUS

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has warned that Africa will not be able to realise the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because of corruption.
 
CIVICUS head of policy and research, Mandeep Tiwana, points out that the MDGs are eight time-bound goals which provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.
 

Global Warming Key to Food Security

The United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) says global warming plays a big role in food security.
 
WFP Southern Africa spokesperson, David Orr points out that there has been an increase in flooding in Southern Africa.
 
Orr, who adds that the crop land has been pushed back by desert and drought has increased worldwide, says that the WFP is helping poor African nations with projects like building dams, irrigation canals and water harvesting systems, in the global fight against poverty.  
 

World Food Programme: Human Resources Assistant

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations,and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Human Resources (HR) Assistant, based in Johannesburg.

This is a temporary, six month contract position (Special Service Agreement).

The person will support the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg.
 
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