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As water and basic supplies run out in Aleppo, UN urges truce to provide humanitarian assistance

UN News Centre – 09 August 2016

With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around war-ravaged Aleppo, where wide swaths of the area are now without power and water supplies are dwindling, the United Nations today urgently called for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.

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Yemen: Focusing on local suppliers, UN agency reaches thousands more in need of food aid

UN News Centre – 02 August 2016

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has recorded a nearly five-fold increase in the number to whom it has provided assistance in hard-to-reach areas across war-torn Yemen, through an innovative, locally driven voucher initiative.

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South-east Asia’s children face ‘double burden’ of obesity and undernutrition – UN report

UN News Centre – 29 March 2016

A joint report released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has shed new light on the nutrition situation of children across the region.

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Overall global food prices steady in February – UN

UN News Centre – 03 March 2016

A farmer in the Democratic Republic of Congo weeds his rice field. Photo: FAO/Olivier Asselin.








Overall food prices stayed put on the month in February, as falling sugar and dairy prices offset a spike in vegetable oil prices, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Ban urges world to support Ethiopia’s efforts to battle worst drought in 30 years

UN News Centre – 31 January 2016

The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the drought-hit country, which is battling the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history, made worse by the impact of climate change.

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Surge in climate change-related disasters poses growing threat to food security – UN

UN News Centre – 26 November 2015

Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today in a new report.

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On Universal Children’s Day, UN says world remains ‘deeply unfair’ place for children

UN News Centre – 23 November 2015

Marking Universal Children’s Day, the United Nations today highlighted that the world remains a “deeply unfair” place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 26 years ago today.

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UN launches 2016 International Year of Pulses, celebrating benefits of legumes

UN News Centre – 11 November 2015

Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

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South Sudan: UN launches mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of thousands of children

UN News Centre – 29 October 2015

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up their activities in South Sudan after the recently released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) today revealed that nearly 237,000 children in the country are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition

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Six months after earthquake, Nepal ‘racing against winter’ – UN relief official

UN News Centre – 26 October 2015

As winter approaches, the top United Nations humanitarian official for Nepal today stressed that shelter and food remain top priorities six months after the devastating earthquakes that shook the country in April.

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South Sudan: UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent ‘catastrophe’

UN News Centre – 22 October 2015

Three United Nations agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity. 

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World food prices hit lowest level in almost seven years, UN agency reports

UN News Centre – 10 September 2015

The price of major food commodities continued to drop through August due to abundant supplies, a decline in energy prices and concerns over the economic slowdown in China, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.

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Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years due to ongoing ‘de-development’– UN report

UN News Centre – 01 September 2015

A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist.

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More than 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia, UN food assessment shows

UN News Centre – 31 August 2015

Somalia’s humanitarian situation remains “alarming” four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 per cent to more than 850,000 and those in “food-stressed” situations still at 2.3 million, according to the latest United Nations-managed food assessment study released today.

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Yemen: first UN food aid arrives in Aden as intense fighting takes ‘serious toll’ on civilians

UN News Centre – 22 July 2015

In “a major breakthrough,” the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced that its first ship since conflict erupted in Yemen in March berthed today in the port of Aden after repeated attempts to reach huge numbers of increasingly desperate people and as intense fighting continues to take a serious toll on civilians.

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Vanuatu: UN relief official warns ‘secondary emergency’ looming, urges long-term aid

UN News Centre – 30 March 2015

Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago on a tour through one of the most severely affected provinces Saturday, warned of a “secondary emergency” and urged a scale-up in efforts to provide the essentials to people in need.

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Central African Republic in ‘urgent need’ of agricultural assistance, warns UN agency

UN News Centre – 23 March 2015

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an urgent appeal to help provide farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) with seeds and tools for the country’s upcoming planting season, warning that without additional assistance vulnerable populations risked a further deterioration of their livelihoods.

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Fuelled by ‘strong’ cereal stocks, world food prices dip to lowest level since July 2010

UN News Centre – 05 March 2015

Food prices dipped to a 55-month low in February, dropping a steady per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent below its level compared to a year earlier, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.

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Through UN-backed project, Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at ‘Eataly’

UN News Centre – 25 February 2015

Next time you feel like some cactus pear marmalade from Ethiopia but can’t make it to the town of Mekelle, check out the shelves of Italian gourmet food store Eataly.

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As Malawi reels from devastating floods, UN food agency delivers vital supplies

UN News Centre – 23 February 2015

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the delivery of a first round of emergency supplies to more than 288,000 people in flood-affected Malawi, providing much needed relief amid continuing rains.

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