Hunger

Heifer South Africa: Thusanang Dairy Project Coordinator

Heifer International (Heifer) is a nonprofit organisation that works with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

Heifer International South Africa’s (Heifer) mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty in South Africa and care for the Earth. As a means to reach our mission, the organisation is scaling up its programme work and impact in order to reach more families at a faster pace using appropriate enhanced systems.

African Farmers Can End Food Insecurity - WB

A new World Bank report states that Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises, if countries remove cross-border restrictions on the food trade within the region.

The bank maintains that the continent could also generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.

Southern Africa Food Insecurity Worsen

The United Nations deputy humanitarian head says food shortages are ‘a chronic problem’ in Southern Africa and more than 5.5 million people in eight countries need aid this year, a 40 percent increase compared to 2011.

Catherine Bragg, winding up a five-day Southern Africa trip, said worsening food shortages are the result of drought or floods and rising world food prices.

World Grain Reserves Low - FAO

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that world grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a hunger crisis next year.

FAO senior economist, Abdolreza Abbassian, points out that, "We've not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year.”

NGO, Govt, Fight Hunger and Poverty

Zambia has experienced more than a decade of food production declines which has resulted in widespread hunger and poverty in rural communities.

The organisation works with rural communities specifically and priority is given to income generating projects, which include small-scale enterprises in farming, beekeeping, aquaculture, agro-processing, carpentry and other skills training, in targeted communities.

868 Million People Starve Worldwide, Says FAO

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that one out of every eight people in the world is chronically undernourished.

The UN agency warns that progress to reduce hunger has slowed since 2007/08 when high food prices sparked riots in several poor countries.

In its latest report on food insecurity, FAO estimates that 868 million people are suffering hunger in 2010-2012, or about 12.5 percent of the world's population, down more sharply than previously estimated from about 1 billion, or 18.6 percent in 1990-92.

ADB Invests in SMMEs to Overcome Poverty

The African Development Bank (ADB) says it has ploughed about R17.5 billion into small and medium businesses in Africa to create jobs and fight ‘endemic’ poverty.

Disclosing the figure at the Innovation Africa summit, which was held in Cape Town, the bank stated that the continent needs decisive and ambitious leadership, warning that poverty, poor infrastructure development and corruption all hamper the continent's development.

Remittances Lift Many Out of Poverty - Biyase

According to a research paper published by University of Johannesburg economics lecturer, Mduduzi Biyase, remittances that mine and other workers send to family members and relatives are lifting 20 percent of the population out of absolute poverty.

Biyase states that despite the long history of migrant labour in South Africa, surprisingly little work has been done to measure the effects of remittances on poverty.

Call to End Poverty and Inequality in SA

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) must work on a social contract to address growing poverty and inequality in South Africa.

Motlanthe points out that, “Now is the time to begin laying the basis for a social contract for our labour relations and our labour market that will contribute to achieving a more equitable and inclusive form of economic growth.”

Massive Food Aid Needed for Malawi - WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a massive food aid programme in Malawi, distributing the first tons of grains to some 200 000 people in the Southern African nation.

In a press statement, WFP states that, “So severe is the situation that an estimated 1.6 million Malawians will need food assistance in (the) coming months, eight times as many as during the last lean season.”

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