11m South Africans Go Hungry Daily

Food Bank South Africa says although a third of South Africa's food ends up in landfill sites, about 11 million people in the country go hungry daily.
As World Hunger Day is commemorated on Thursday, 28 May 2015, the Food Bank has put out a challenge to citizens to fast to experience the brutality of hunger.

WHO Calls for Cut Down on Sugar

New guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend people of all ages reduce ‘free sugar' intake to less than 10 percent of daily energy intakes and warn of the health risks of hidden sweeteners.

WHO director of Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, Francesco Branca, points out that, "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay."

Africans Worst Affected by Undernourishment

Africa is lagging behind in tackling hunger with reports showing that over 25 percent of Africa’s population suffer from acute undernourishment.

According to the 2014 Hunger Map and a report titled the ‘State of Food Insecurity in the World: Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Food Security and Nutrition’ jointly prepared by World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the number of hungry people has fallen by over 200 million since 1992.

South Africa Prioritises Food Security

The South African government is mulling ways to improve access to food and ensure good nutrition, including proposals to increase public spending on social programmes that affect food security and market interventions.
Problems listed by the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security approved by the cabinet include inadequate safety nets and emergency management systems to provide for those who cannot meet their immediate food needs and a lack of knowledge and resources for people to make good choices for nutritious diets, among others.

GMOs: The ‘Good and Bad’

According to an article articled ‘The Good and Bad of Genetically Modified Organisms’ by Peter Sunday, the African Union a few months back called for an explanation regarding the good and the bad of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for Ugandans to decide which path to take.

Mateus: Children Chronically Malnourished

According to the deputy minister for Women's Affairs and Social Welfare, Virgilio Mateus, chronic malnutrition affects 43 percent of Mozambican children under the age of five.

Speaking at the launch of a report by the United Nations Children's Fund, Mateus says the figure is an improvement from 2013, where 48 percent of all children under five were suffering from chronic malnutrition.

Fisheries Key to Food Security, Nutrition

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are crucial to food security and nutrition.
FAO director-general, José Graziano da Silva, opened a meeting of the world's only inter-governmental forum on fisheries and aquaculture issues, calling for urgent action to address climate change and other threats to sustainable fisheries and fish stocks.


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