Pandemic Likely to Worsen West Africa’s Looming Mass Hunger, WFP Warns

GENEVA – A recent U.N. assessment estimates more than 21 million people across West Africa will be short of food during the coming lean season between June and August when food stocks are at their lowest. U.N. officials report they will need urgent assistance from the international community to survive. Armed conflict, widespread displacement and climate change are pushing millions of people across West Africa, including the volatile Sahel region into hunger. Added to this toxic mix is COVID-19. The World Food Program warns the pandemic is likely to more…

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Deepening crisis in the Central African Republic devastating people’s ability to support themselves / UN report says immediate support for food and livelihoods needed to meet “acute and complex emergency”

ROME, Italy, April 7, 2014 – The unprecedented crisis in the Central African Republic is devastating the economy and people’s ability to secure basic necessities, two United Nations food agencies said in an assessment report this week. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the country needed a long and expensive humanitarian operation over at least the next 18 months to stem the growing toll, and pave the way to rebuild livelihoods. The two UN agencies issued the report…

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Joint action to avoid food crisis in the Central African Republic / The World Bank, FAO and the government of the Central African Republic sign $8 million agreement to prevent food insecurity worsening

ROME, Italy, March 22, 2014 – The World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the government of the Central African Republic are joining forces to help prevent a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the conflict-stricken nation. The World Bank is funding an $8 million agreement with FAO as part of a $20 million programme to support food aid and agriculture production, which is being implemented in coordination with the World Food Programme (WFP). Midou Ibrahima, World Bank Resident Representative in the Central Africa…

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