Category: Poverty

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Rural produce can boost urban nutrition. Fruit vendors unloading pumpkins at the market in Maradi, Niger. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found. Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of […]

UN aid chief calls for access, funds to prevent spread of South Sudan’s famine

10-13-2016Tuberculosis

Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan will starve unless relief workers gain access to needy populations and more funding is raised, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator warned after meeting malnourished children who fled the raging conflict in the country. Stephen O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, travelled to Ganyiel, […]

In a world of plenty, ‘no excuse’ for inaction as millions go hungry in Africa and Yemen – UN chief Guterres

Somalia

Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, Secretary-General António Guterres joined other top United Nations officials calling for “strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe. “Famine is already a […]

‘Time running out’ for 1.4 million children in ‘man-made’ crises in Africa, Yemen – UNICEF

An 11-month-old child having his arm cirmeasured at a health centre at the Banki IDP camp in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Esiebo

Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), urging prompt action to save them. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made,” […]

Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN

Displaced women and children under a hot sun in South Sudan's Maban County, where food shortages are causing tension. Photo: UNHCR/P. Rulashe

Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine. “Famine has become a tragic reality in parts of South […]

Nine countries join UN-supported network to halve maternal, newborn deaths in clinics

A mother and her newborn baby at the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute for medically needy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. UN Photo/Kibae Park

A health network is being created, with support of United Nations agencies, in nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – whose Governments have pledged to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities by 2022. The new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and […]