Conflict, economic crisis, climate extremes, and COVID-19 are plunging people into food emergencies.
The World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) detected increasing levels of acute starvation in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen. In these countries, the risk of famine is currently high.
The UN agencies explained that these nations are going through conflicts, economic crises, climatic disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The combination of all these factors results in an increase in food insecurity among their inhabitants.
"These countries already had significant food security problems at the beginning of 2020 and will face a further deterioration of their situation in the coming months," WFP expert Claudia Ah Po...
NATIONS: Even before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), World Food
Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley was warning the world would face its worst
humanitarian crisis in 2020 since the Second World War.
That was due to wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, locust swarms
in Africa, frequent natural disasters, and economic crises including in
Lebanon, Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia. Then came COVID-19 which quickly became a
pandemic, escalating the need for food — and UN Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres says it is still not under control.
Beasley, who caught COVID-19 in April, has spent the months since
he recovered reaching out to world leaders and visiting stricken countries with
a new warning: Millions of people are closer to starvation because of the
deadly combination of c...
By Keefa Nuwahereza
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed 5,000 metric tonnes of rice and us$3,000,000 in cash from the republic of Korea to provide much needed relief assistance to 781,000 people including refugees and Ugandans threatened by locusts. “WFP is extremely grateful for the continued generosity of the republic of Korea since 2018 and its appreciation of the immense humanitarian needs in Uganda, which were suddenly made even more complicated but COVID-19,” said WFP Officer in Charge Ryan Aderson.
“This contributed of 5,000 metric tons
of rice found us at a cross road when we were considering whether to make
deeper ratio cuts for refuges because of a shortage of funding, even as we have
evidence that they already face high food insecurity,” he ad...
include trading food for sex from vulnerable women.
The United Nations has launched an investigation
into allegations of sexual abuse and the exploitation of vulnerable women by
members of its staff in Uganda’s drought-stricken northeastern Karamoja region.
The inquiry by the UN’s Office of
Internal Oversight Services, which began early this month, follows allegations
by a whistleblower of sexual abuse and exploitation by a United Nations Population
Fund (UNFPA) staffer against a “female victim” – and a more general pattern of
serious sexual misconduct by other UN staff working in what is Uganda’s poorest
The allegations centre on the World
Food Programme compound in the town of Moroto, and involve UN staff demanding
sex from local women in exchange fo...