Food security

World Food Programme: Procurement 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 Procurement Assistant, based in Johannesburg Regional Bureau, South Africa.

This is a fixed-term position with a grade GS 5, and the incumbent will be in support of the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa and under the direct supervision of the Regional Procurement Officer.
 
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NGO in State Food Security Programme Controversy

According to an article by Carien du Plessis and Yolandi Groenewald, President Jacob Zuma has coaxed government departments into committing nearly R900 million to a programme run by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) he chairs and which is run by his cousin.

They say a multimillion-rand state food security programme, set to be approved by Cabinet later this month, has in effect been subcontracted to the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative, a private NGO chaired by Zuma and run by Deebo Mzobe.

Global Crop Yields Not Keeping Pace With Demand

A new study by PLOS ONE has found that the world is not increasing yields of major crops quickly enough to meet future food demands from an expanding population, presenting a ‘looming and growing agricultural crisis’.

The study also recommends that yields of maize, rice, wheat and soybean, which are responsible for providing 43 per cent of global dietary energy and 40 per cent of protein, must increase between 60 and 110 per cent by 2050 to satisfy projected food consumption.

Food Security Improves in Sub-Saharan Africa

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are improving their food security, while output by many developed states in Europe has regressed.

According to the latest Global Food Security index of The Economist Intelligence Unit, "Sub-Saharan African nations made significant progress this past year," according to the report. In contrast, there was "a fall in developed European economies, in particular Greece."

Nations Urged to Prioritise Food Security, Nutrition

Three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies have called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the core of the international agenda for African development.

Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) director-general, Jose Graziano da Silva, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president, Kanayo Nwanze, and World Food Programme executive director, Ertharin Cousin, say special attention should be given to small-holder farmers in Africa to help them improve global food security.

Africa Urged to Invest in Food Production

According to Accenture South Africa, food production in sub-Saharan Africa must rise by 50 percent to feed an estimated population of 1.3 billion by 2030.

Managing director of strategy and sustainability at Accenture South Africa, Grant Hatch, points out that investment of about US$93 billion a year is needed to develop the infrastructure required to support the region’s agricultural sector.

Govt to Convene Food Security Summit

Minister in The Presidency, Trevor Manuel, has told residents of Khayelitsha, on the Cape Flats, that government is to convene a food summit to plan improved food security for cities.

Speaking at a presentation of the objectives, between now and 2030, of the National Planning Commission (NPC), which he heads, Manuel was responding to a recent survey that revealed that only one in 10 households in Khayelitsha and Philippi townships could be regarded as ‘food secure’.

CSO Faults Govt on Food Security

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has faulted the President Joyce Banda administration for claims that the previous government inflated maize harvest figures to show that Malawi was achieving maize surpluses.

CISANET national coordinator, Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, points out that, “We saw what happened that there was a tremendous improvement in the availability of food.”

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