food insecurity

USDA Warns the World on Food Security

According to a recent global forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), by the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world's poorest countries.
The USDA says that by 2023 the number of food-insecure people is likely to increase by nearly 23 percent to 868 million (at a slightly faster rate than projected population growth of 16 percent).

Food Shortage Hits Malawi

Nearly 10 percent of Malawi's 13 million people face hunger due of low yields of the main staple maize, prolonged dry spells and flooding.
According to Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee, "The total number of people who will not be able to meet their annual food requirement during the 2013/14 consumption period is 1 461 940, representing 9.5 percent of national total population."

CSOs Condemns SADC Protocol on Plants

Civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world have condemned a Southern African Development Community (SADC) draft protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Plant Breeders’ Rights), saying it spells disaster for small-scale farmers.

The groups, representing millions of farmers globally, have submitted a list of their concerns to the SADC secretariat, urging it to throw the document away and consult farmers and CSOs.

Call for Wild Foods to Improve Food Security

The Centre for International Research on Forests (CIFOR) says that malnutrition could be greatly reduced and food security improved by ensuring improved access to nutrient-rich forest-derived foods like berries, bushmeat, roots, insects and nuts for the world's poorest populations.

CIFOR’s nutritionist and researcher, Bronwen Powell, points out that, "I believe forest foods are particularly important for reducing malnutrition when it comes to micronutrients such as vitamin A and iron."

10 Angolan Provinces Hit by Hunger

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says that about 10 Angolan provinces have been severely hit by drought.

UNICEF’s representative in Angola Koenraad Vanormelingen, estimates that hundreds of thousands of families are affected, adding that, "We are concerned with the situation which started last year and has affected 533 000 children in the Southern African nation.”

Govt Vows to Tackle Food Insecurity

The Department of Agriculture says the lower than expected electricity tariff increase announced last week will help curb household food insecurity.

Agriculture Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, points out that, "Electricity and fuel increases are among factors that are beyond the control of agriculture but they determine the competitiveness and costs of the sector."

Joemat-Pettersson further states that her department would ensure that it could produce enough food to curb household food insecurity across the country.

Oxfam Project Targets Starving Malawians

International NGO, Oxfam, has launched a project that seeks to avert hunger situation facing millions of people in Malawi.

Under the ‘Integrated Emergency Cash Transfer Response Project’, the Oxfam is giving money to hunger-stricken households to buy food.

The move is part of the response to a recent report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) for 2012/2013, which shows that about two million households are facing food shortages largely because of erratic rains and draught during the last growing season.

UN Needs Millions for Zim Humanitarian Aid

The United Nations (UN) says it needs US$131 million in humanitarian assistance to meet food, water and emergency needs in Zimbabwe.
UN humanitarian coordinator, Alain Noudehou, says that at least US$110 million of the money will be used to provide food for more than 1.6 million Zimbabweans facing starvation this year.
Noudehou notes that the appeal is less than the previous year's US$197 million because of ‘a steady improvement’ in the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe brought about by an upturn in some sectors of the economy.

Supporting Self-Employed Farmers

According to latest statistics 19.4 percent of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food. With the current economic situation, high unemployment and increasing food prices, providing for the basic needs of a family is becoming more and more difficult for many people around the world, including millions of South Africans. A growing global population makes the situation even more complicated. By 2050, some experts think there might not be enough food for everyone.

NGOs Seek to Avert Hunger

Over 2 000 villagers in Insiza North in Matabeleland South are facing starvation due to critical shortage of food, according to a local councillor, Abdele Nkomo.
Nkomo points out that, “... the situation will improve as the World Vision and the Zimbabwe Project Trust started registering villagers under the food relief programmes…”
He blames the crisis on the erratic maize supplies by the Grain Marketing Board, which avails food to vulnerable communities under the grain loan scheme.


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