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60% of Zimbabweans are without enough food

The United Nations has said that millions of Zimbabweans are struggling to access food. Hilal Elver, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food who disclosed this said “The people of Zimbabwe are slowly getting to a point of suffering a man-made starvation.” Elver made the statement in Harare after after a 10-day visit to the country. In a statement she said that 60% of the country’s 14 million people were not getting enough food to meet their basic needs. “Many of the people I spoke to in Harare…

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Food crisis hits Zimbabwe with over 5 million in need of aid

Zimbabwe has been hit by a food crisis with more than five million people in dire need of food aid. The United Nations has said that most of those without food are close to starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday launched a $331m appeal to help the country. Zimbabwe is currently battling the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis. David Beasley, head of the WFP has said that many people are “in crisis emergency mode… marching towards starvation”. Mr Beasley said at the launch that “We…

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DR Congo faces food insecurity despite aid

In war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, aid is not turning into food security – leaving populations close to famine.           Bureaucracy can lead to food sitting in warehouses while local communities face hunger [Molly McCluskey/Al Jazeera] Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – When the World Food Programme delivered aid to internally displaced people in the camps nearest to Goma, it did so after several months of warnings that funding shortages could lead to famine conditions.   Months had passed since the last delivery of aid to the camps. During…

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Somehow surviving: A story of chronic need, hope and despair

By Sulah Nuwamanya-Partnership Development and Communications Manager for Actionaid Rwanda Rwanda (Kigali) Bernadite Nyitogwiza of Muganza Village in Muganza Sector, Gisagara District, Southern Province has survived to the age of 88 despite a life of permanent challenge to meet her basic needs and those of her family. Born in 1923 in the same community where she now lives, she and her husband had four children. All of them have since passed on, along with her husband, who died of natural causes about 20 years ago. She lives with her four…

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Rwanda achieves high rank in actionaid’s scorecard

Further action needed to face food, climate crisis

 

October 19th, 2011 (Kigali-Rwanda) Rwanda ranks 3rd in its capacity and preparedness for the triple crisis confronting the world’s food system, according to research in 28 developing countries. The ActionAid report released today, On the Brink: Who’s best prepared for a climate and hunger crisis?, shows that Rwanda is one of the developing nations most prepared for confronting the three interlocking global challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and rising and volatile food prices. Other high achievers include Brazil, Malawi, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

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Supporting rural women farmers is the solution to eradicating hunger in Rwanda, says Actionaid

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Supporting rural women farmers is the solution to eradicating hunger in Rwanda, says Actionaid

15th October 2011 (Kigali) The Rwandan government must make concrete invest in the specific needs of rural women famers as the only sustainable solution to eradicating hunger and ensuring abundant quality food, said Actionaid in its message to mark the International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day, today.

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ActionAid urges G20 Ministers to take immediate steps to avert food and finance crises

For immediate release: Washington D.C. – As Greece edges closer to default, confidence in the Euro and the dollar declines and global food prices soar, ActionAid called on G20 finance and development ministers meeting today to put serious reforms in motion.   Although global food security is among the top agenda items for today’s meeting, there are serious concerns that despite continued hikes in the price of staple foods, ministers will not take steps to prevent the trend from becoming another global food crisis.   “Ministers must approve the pilot program for emergency food reserves in West Africa,” says…

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Rwanda: Congolese refugees receive half rations

Today, the World Food Program (WFP) began handing out half-rations to Congolese refugees in three camps in Rwanda. This decision comes as the result of a lack of funding.

The three camps, alongside two transit centers, host an estimated 54,000 refugees from the conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to WFP Rwanda Country Director Mr.  Abdoulaye Balde, the camps have been facing a funding shortage since the beginning of the year, which he attributes to the recent financial crisis. While halving rations for the refugees presents problems in  and of itself, the WFP has announced a critical shortage of Super  Cereal, which is designed to nourish HIV patients and malnourished  children. At present, the camps in Rwanda are facing a funding shortfall of $3.8 million.

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World Bank to Contribute Millions to Help Kenya Withstand Drought

In response to the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa, the World Bank is planning to provide Kenya with tens of millions of dollars to improve the country’s defenses against future droughts. The drought and famine currently rippling through east Africa has shown no signs of slowing.  With governments, businesses and people around the world ramping up relief efforts, the World Bank has also decided to intervene. A team of technical experts on emergency disaster recovery recently wrapped up a mission to assess the needs of the people and…

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