Drought followed by severe food shortage in Malawi

Drought followed by severe food shortage in Malawi

Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi, South Africa, declared a state of national disaster over a severe food shortage triggered by drought, on April 13, 2016. The recent drought episode in South Africa is thought to be the worst one in the last 100 years. Severe…

Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa

Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa

Continuous lack of rainfall since October 2015 caused a severe drought across the affected portions of southern Africa while persistent heavy precipitation in other areas continues to threaten with flooding, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)…

Prolonged drought prompts critical food insecurity alert, Haiti

Prolonged drought prompts critical food insecurity alert, Haiti

The Government of Haiti has officially issued an alert on the critical food insecurity situation in the country caused by the prolonged drought exacerbated by the influence of El Nino weather phenomena. The poorest of Haiti population are kept in food crisis due to…

One in seven people suffer malnourishment

One in seven people suffer malnourishment

One in seven people suffer from malnourishment, the head of the UN’s food agency said  in a new report released ahead of a summit on sustainable development to be held in Rio de Janeiro June 20-22. The report calls on governments to invest in infrastructure and

Food prices may ease in 2012 but won’t drop

Food prices may ease in 2012 but won’t drop

More people are expected to go hungry in 2012.  New FAO chief says food prices may ease but won’t drop in 2012. Slowing global economy is responsible for easing up the prices of some foods  but are unlikely to drop drastically from the high levels reached last

Extreme winter brings hunger to Afghanistan drought-affected provinces

Extreme winter brings hunger to Afghanistan drought-affected provinces

More than 2 million Afghans are at risk of hunger and many are bracing to be stranded for months without help as the country prepares for a harsh winter. Save the Children and Oxfam agencies called for a redoubling of the aid effort to reach people in need before the

Feeding the world: Solutions for a Cultivated Planet

Feeding the world: Solutions for a Cultivated Planet

One billion people on Earth don’t have enough food right now. It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more than nine billion people living on the planet. Meanwhile, current agricultural practices are amongst the biggest threats to the global environment. This means

Cholera epidemic spreads in famine-hit Somalia

Cholera epidemic spreads in famine-hit Somalia

A cholera epidemic is spreading in famine-hit Somalia, with alarming numbers of cases among people driven to the capital Mogadishu by a lack of food and water, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Cholera outbreaks have now been confirmed in several regions,…