Hunger

Gates Donates Chickens to Africa’s Poor

Bill Gates is launching his latest scheme to help sub-Saharan Africans living in extreme poverty: he’s giving them chickens.

Gates will donate 100 000 birds vaccinated against common diseases under a programme he said would boost incomes because chickens are inexpensive to care for, a good investment and help provide nutrition for children.

The Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist says on his Twitter feed that, “If I were living in extreme poverty, I’d want to raise chickens.”

​Voters Slam Food Parcels During Election Campaigns

A research report shows that voters, particularly in poor communities, believe that the handing out of food parcels during elections campaigns amounts to vote buying.
 
This month Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the distribution of food parcels in 2009 by Julius Malema, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, was an abuse of state resources.
 

UNICEF: El Niño Sows Death, Destruction in Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund says about 11million children in Eastern and Southern Africa face hunger, disease and water shortages due to the strongest El Niño weather phenomenon in decades.

Food and water shortages brought about by drought and floods are causing malnutrition, which increases vulnerability to killer diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, cholera and dengue fever.

South Africa Should Lead on Africa’s Day of Food and Nutrition Security and Set a Path Toward Zero Hunger

On 30 October 2015, civil society organisations (CSO) and government leaders across the continent will recognise the 6th African Day on Food and Nutrition Security. It will be an opportunity to focus attention on political and financial commitments made by Africa leaders at all levels to address contemporary challenges of food and nutrition insecurity in Africa.

World Food Day Commemorated

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the World Food Day is about raising global awareness on partnerships that are needed to eradicate hunger in the world.
 
FAO representative, Dr Tobias Takavarasha, says that the world celebrates World Food Day on Friday in an effort to not only take time to actively help those who are starving, but to also help in eradicating poverty and malnutrition.
 
Dr Takavarasha says efforts need to be made to remember the poor, to distribute food and to teach everyone about nutrition.
 

US$43m for Food Relief for Zimbabwe

Britain and the United States have reportedly launched a programme to rescue at least 650 000 Zimbabwean hunger victims, with the two countries pledging to provide up to US$43m for food aid.

This came as the World Food Programme (WFP) says in August that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans were expected to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production.

Polman Focuses on MDG Progress

Paul Polman, in an article titled, ‘MDG [Millennium Development Goals] Success - Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact’, says in the year 2000, members of the United Nations General Assembly made an historic commitment - to halve poverty by 2015.

Polman, who is the chief executive officer of Unilever, states that, “We have made good progress in many areas, of which we can be proud,” adding that millions of lives have been saved and millions of families now have access to clean water.

Chulu: Lessons Learned from MDG Era

As the global community prepares to embrace a new global development framework christened the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is vital that lessons be drawn from the shortcomings of the predecessor framework, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is coming to a close at the end of this year. 
 

African Children Face Poverty, Slavery

“Poverty has become part of me,” Jeffrey Moyo quotes Aminata Kabangele, a 13-year old from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kabangele, who fled her war-torn country after the rest of her family was killed by armed rebels and now lives as a as a refugee in Zimbabwe’s Tongogara refugee camp in Chipinge on the country’s eastern border, points out that, “I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me.”

African Children Face Poverty, Slavery

“Poverty has become part of me,” Jeffrey Moyo quotes Aminata Kabangele, a 13-year old from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kabangele, who fled her war-torn country after the rest of her family was killed by armed rebels and now lives as a as a refugee in Zimbabwe’s Tongogara refugee camp in Chipinge on the country’s eastern border, points out that, “I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me.”

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