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700 000 Namibians Need Food Aid

700 000 Namibians Need Food Aid

MORE than a quarter of the Namibian population has registered for the government’s drought relief food assistance. This was revealed at Cabinet’s 14th decision-making meeting on Tuesday, during which a plan to implement short and long-term interventions of the ‘Livelihood and Vulnerability Assessment Report’ was approved in principle. The implementation of these interventions has to […]

UN Launches Us$331.5m Aid Appeal For Zimbabwe

UN Launches Us$331.5m Aid Appeal For Zimbabwe

The United Nations Tuesday launched a US$331.5 million international aid appeal to help Zimbabwe tackle a drought which has left a third of its population in need of relief over the next nine months. Presenting the appeal to government officials and the diplomatic corps, UN ambassador Bishow Parajuli said the total requirement needed to address […]

Malnutrition, Disease Rising In North Korea: Aid Organisation

Malnutrition, Disease Rising In North Korea: Aid Organisation

International aid agencies, as well as North Korea state media, have been warning that erratic weather with drought and floods, and a lack of access to resources could lead to a food crisis Rates of malnutrition and disease are increasing in North Korea as it faces a harvest that is half of what was expected, […]

For Women In Dry North, Water Is Power

For Women In Dry North, Water Is Power

A new way of funding climate change projects at the local level is giving women more say over the use of precious resources Sitting a couple of kilometres outside the village of Wajir-bor in northeast Kenya is something quite rare for these dry parts: a small, well-maintained reservoir full of water with a watchman standing […]

WFP Ends Emergency Operation That Helped Many Survive Drought in Swaziland

WFP Ends Emergency Operation That Helped Many Survive Drought in Swaziland

WFP’s leading donors including the European Union, USA, CERF, Japan and the African Development Bank – contributed US$9.4 million towards food and cash assistance. “We would like to thank the donor community for its generous support, vital for those most in need,” says WFP Country Director Alberto Mendes. Some 124,000 people received relief food. WFP […]

Somalia: President Appeals for Assistance As Drought Worsens

Somalia: President Appeals for Assistance As Drought Worsens

As Somalia faces its second major drought this decade, the government has issued an urgent appeal for large-scale, life-saving aid. Holding a joint press conference with the country’s National Drought Task force on Thursday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said millions of his people are at risk of starvation if action is not taken soon. “The […]

New Drought Risks In Ethiopia Put Recovery At Risk

New Drought Risks In Ethiopia Put Recovery At Risk

New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardize the East African nation’s restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, FAO warned today. While an impressive government-led humanitarian effort has sharply reduced the number of hungry during the […]

Drought Relief Assistance Continues Until June 2017 In Botswana

Drought Relief Assistance Continues Until June 2017 In Botswana

 Government will be continuing with Drought Relief and special assistance measures until June 30, 2017. President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama said when delivering the State-of-the-Nation Address on Monday (December 5), during the third session of the eleventh Parliament that this was in view of the fact that crop production was affected by […]

Zimbabwe Urged To Put Compassion Before Politics In Distribution Of Food Aid

Zimbabwe Urged To Put Compassion Before Politics In Distribution Of Food Aid

Aid agencies have called on President Robert Mugabe’s government to look beyond political differences and prioritise humanitarian principles after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of partisan food aid distribution. The commission’s chairman, Elasto Mugwadi, revealed this week that an official investigation into alleged discrimination in the distribution of food had […]

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

The rains are not what they once were in Kitui County. As climate change bites, the wet season is more erratic and drought has become an all-too-common phenomenon in this rural corner of eastern Kenya. This year, the community’s produce of peas, sorghum and other staples failed to reach maturity because the rains arrived one […]

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