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World can meet growing food demands and limit warming to 1.5C, study says

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Rice is dried before being sold at a women’s group processing center in Sourou Province, Burkina Faso. Credit: Jake Lyell/Alamy Stock Photo.

Carbon emissions from agriculture can be significantly cut while still meeting the food demands of the world’s growing population, a new study says

October 2, 2017 — Agriculture and food production is responsible for around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slashing the sector’s emissions is considered to be key to limiting global warming Continue reading World can meet growing food demands and limit warming to 1.5C, study says

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

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RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/AFP

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar’s military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 27, 2017) — Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday, September 28, for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims. Continue reading UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

Climate change aggravates global hunger – UN

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Indian villagers wade through flood waters after collecting relief food near the submerged houses in Gazole village at Malda district in the Indian state of West Bengal on August 22, 2017.  AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA

Some 815 million people, or 11% of the world’s population, were chronically undernourished in 2016, according to the annual UN report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

PARIS, France (Sept. 17, 2017) — Hunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said Friday, September 15, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts. Continue reading Climate change aggravates global hunger – UN

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

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DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017. Saidu Bah/AFP

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as ‘overwhelming’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Aug. 17, 2017) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday, August 16, as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Continue reading Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

First UN food aid in two years reaches over 30,000 Iraqis

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Qayyarah had been ‘inaccessible for over two years,’ the UN World Food Program (WFP) says in a statement

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Sept. 6, 2016) — The UN said on Tuesday, September 6, it has delivered food supplies to more than 30,000 residents of Qayyarah for the first time in two years after Iraqi forces expelled jihadists from the northern town.  Continue reading First UN food aid in two years reaches over 30,000 Iraqis

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

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DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, a 30-minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the World Food Program, 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after 3 consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

The funding includes 12.2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400,000 Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The European Union said Friday, April 29, it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with neighboring Dominican Republic. Continue reading EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Drought and rising temperatures ‘leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger’

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A maize plant among other dried maize in a field in Hoopstad in the Free State province, South Africa. The country suffered its driest year on record in 2015. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Unusually strong El Niño, coupled with record-high temperatures, has had a catastrophic effect on crops and rainfall across southern and eastern Africa

March 16, 2016 — More than 36 million people face hunger across southern and eastern Africa, the United Nations has warned, as swaths of the continent grapple with the worst drought in decades at a time of record high temperatures.

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UN food agency says funding target met for Syrian refugees

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WAITING. Migrants and refugees wait at Istanbul’s Esenler Bus Terminal for buses to the Turkish-Greek border after authorities withheld tickets to Turkish border towns on September 16, 2015. Photo by Yasin Akgul / AFP
The UN food agency says an “unprecedented response” to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees

ROME, Italy (Mar. 1, 2016)— The UN food agency said Monday, February 29, an “unprecedented response” to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees.

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UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Aleppo

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FENCED OUT. Syrian refugees wait to go back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, February 8, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA
‘The highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop’

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Feb. 10, 2016) — The United Nations urged Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a regime offensive around Aleppo on Tuesday, February 9, adding to calls for Russia to end air strikes ahead of fresh peace efforts.

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40,000 starving to death as South Sudan teeters on famine

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AFTERMATH. Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. In January Martha fled with her husband and five children into the bush, where they lived for months before returning home in May to find their home burned and food stores looted. Photo by Nichole Sobecki / AFP
At least 40,000 people are starving to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations say, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in.

JUBA, South Sudan (Feb. 8, 2016) — At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, February 8, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in.

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