Hunger

SADC Faces Food Shortage

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have been warned of an impending food shortage as a result of poor rains this season.

SADC executive secretary, Tomaz Salomao, says that the region will experience an overall cereal deficit of 5.5 million tonnes.

Salomao says that, "This will therefore result in an increase in the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in terms of food and non-food intervention."

WFP Appeals for Funds to Avert Hunger in Zimbabwe

The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for US$87 million to avert starvation in Zimbabwe’s rural areas where close to two million people need food aid.

The UN agency says because of poor rainfall, this year's hunger season in Zimbabwe has started earlier than in the past.

Liliana Yovcheva of the WFP programme office in Zimbabwe says her organisation is facing an US$87 million deficit as it tries to ease the food shortage, adding that, “This year, the needs are much higher than in the last three years."

1.6m People in Need of Food Aid in Zim – WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that the number of people needing food aid in Zimbabwe will rise by 60 percent this year to 1.6 million.

The organisation says that a poor farming season this year is blamed on erratic rainfall and limited access to seeds and fertilisers, which prompted Finance Minister Tendai Biti to cut the 2012 growth forecast to 5.6 percent from 9.4 percent.

Education Problems Unacceptable, Says Tutu

Nobel Peace laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, says children without schoolbooks in the third term and classes under trees are unacceptable South African problems.

Tutu points out that people going to bed hungry is unacceptable and further criticised the 30 percent benchmark to pass for South African school pupils, after 18 years of democracy.

Referring to these issues in remembrance of Nelson Mandela's birthday, Tutu says he is sure the former president is not entirely aware of the education situation in South Africa.

World Food Programme: Programme Officer - HIV/AIDS

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 core policies and strategies that govern WFP activities are to provide food assistance (or enable Government to do so) to save lives in refugee and other emergency situations; to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people; and to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through conditional food for work and training programmes.

Mandela Day: Time for the Next Generation to Take Control

The season of the ‘imbongi’, our traditional praise singers, is upon us. July 18th is the 94th birthday of our founding father, and South Africans and foreign admirers alike will take 67 minutes on that day to commit to a good cause – each minute representing a year Nelson Mandela spent in active politics. But, while we commemorate the birthday of Madiba, his legacy has not survived as it should. Something is broken in our beautiful land.

UNHCR Warns of Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that 2011 saw the largest number of new refugees in the last decade and that the trend is set to continue.

This is according to Antonio Guterres, high commissioner for refugees at the UN, speaking during the launch of the UNHCR's flagship report on the state of the world's refugees.

With this year's theme, 'In Search of Solidarity', the report explores key challenges that are fueling a refugee epidemic and making it harder for humanitarian agencies to reach those desperately in need.

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