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International, Society

Millions of Zimbabweans face acute hunger, UN food agency warns

Nearly nine million Zimbabweans, more than half of the country’s population, will face hunger by year’s end due to the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and endemic economic recession, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). »

International, Politics, Society

UN food agency gears up for biggest humanitarian response amid pandemic

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it needs nearly $6.6 billion as it mounts the largest humanitarian response in its history to feed millions of people pushed into hunger by the devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. »

International

265M people will starve in 2020 if no immediate action is taken, UN warns

The number of people suffering from acute hunger will nearly double to 265 million this year unless governments and private companies step in to avert “the worst humanitarian crisis” since the Second World War, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) »

International, Politics

UN food assistance agency warns of escalating crisis in Burkina Faso

As Burkina Faso marks the 59th anniversary of its independence, the United Nations is warning of an escalating humanitarian crisis driven by intensifying conflict and climate change that has gripped the West African nation and its neighbours in the Central »

International

UN food agency appeals for emergency assistance for Haiti

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it needs $82 million ($62 million US) to provide emergency food assistance to 700,000 people in Haiti, as the poorest Caribbean nation struggles to deal with political unrest, economic downturn and a »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Food banks: Ontario’s working class joining the line

Steady increase in people needing food banks, including those with jobs A new report says even more residents in Canada’s most populous province have been resorting to food banks for their basic needs The annual report is published by the »

International

Record 45 million people in southern Africa facing food crisis, says UN

A record 45 million people across southern Africa face severe food shortages in the next six months, with nearly 11 million currently enduring drought-induced “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity, three United Nations agencies warned on Thursday. The 16-member »

International, Politics

South Sudan famine averted but millions still face hunger

South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in international aid, but the country is experiencing the most alarming levels of food insecurity in its history, according to a newly released United Nations report. According »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Canada’s biggest city: more people edging toward hunger

In spite of being Canada’s busiest and most populous region, more people in the city of Toronto and surrounding urban boroughs, are going hungry. The Daily Bread Food Bank, the North York Harvest Food Bank and 170 member agencies in »

International, Politics, Society

Care Canada sounds alarm on impending South Sudan collapse

As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth Independence Day on July 9, the world’s youngest country is on the verge of a major humanitarian disaster triggered by economic collapse, ongoing political instability and climate change, humanitarian groups warn. Jacquelyn »