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UN Secretary General says Yemen is “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”

In his remarks to the Pledging Conference on Yemen, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Yemen “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” saying that more than 22 million people in the country require “humanitarian aid and protection.” He added that around 18 million people are “food insecure; one million more than when we convened last year.” Guterres said that…

India under threat of food insecurity from climate change: Study

A global study has found that India is among the nations that are most under threat of food insecurity because of extreme weather stemming from climate change, PTI reported. Researchers led by the UK’s University of Exeter considered how climate change could impact the how vulnerable various countries are to food insecurity, i.e. a situation in which…

Many American college students are going hungry

An online survey conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that many college students in the United States said that they had gone hungry in the previous month, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. According to the study, researchers have reported on 43,000 students at 66 educational institutions in 20 American states…

More than 120 million people struggled with acute food insecurity in 2017

The recently released Global Report on Food Crises found that around 124 million in 51 countries struggled with acute food insecurity in 2017, according to the FAO. This figure was 11 million higher than 2016. According to the report, acute food insecurity is defined as hunger so severe that it poses an immediate threat to lives…

More than 800 million forced to travel at least 30 minutes to obtain safe water

A report from the charity WaterAid found that more than 800 million people are forced to travel and line up for at least 30 minutes to obtain safe water, the Guardian reported. According to the report 844 million people are “at the bottom of the ladder – with long journeys for clean water, or dependent upon…

No African country to achieve child malnutrition goal by 2030

A new study has found that no country in the African continent is expected to achieve the United Nations’ goal of eliminating child malnutrition by 2030, the Guardian reported. The research was published in two papers in the journal Nature, and covered 51 African nations. According to Simon Hay, the papers’ senior author and director of geospatial…

Nearly two-thirds of South Sudan’s population under threat of acute food insecurity

Three United Nations bodies–the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP)–have cautioned that more than 7 million people in South Sudan, nearly two-thirds of the country’s population, could struggle with acute food insecurity in the following months if they do not have access to consistent humanitarian…

Cape Town water supply at risk of approaching ‘day zero’

The New York Times reported last week that Cape Town’s water supply is perilously low, and that if water levels continue to decline, the South African city could “declare Day Zero in less than three months”. If this happens, taps in houses and businesses will be turned off until the rains arrive, and Cape Town’s residents will…

Conflict worsening hunger across the world

The Guardian reported that this week, food agencies cautioned at the United Nations Security Council that the number of people in conflict zones that are dealing with hunger is increasing, with eight nations afflicted with food insecurity that is at a crisis or emergency level. According to report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food…

Study: North Korea is the world’s most ignored humanitarian crisis

The Guardian reported that a study that scrutinised media coverage of the world’s crises found that the worsening humanitarian crisis in North Korea saw the least news coverage. North Korea is struggling with acute food shortages, resulting in an estimated two of five people in the country being undernourished. Around 18 million North Koreans–70% of the country’s…

Saudi-led coalition to give $1.5 billion in aid to Yemen

Reuters reported that a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition said that it would give $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid in Yemen, which is home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. The UN has said that 8.3 million people in Yemen are wholly dependent on outside food aid, with 400,000 children afflicted with…

Heads of WHO, WFP, UNICEF issue joint appeal on Yemen

As 2017 came to a close, the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations’ children’s agency (UNICEF) issued a statement on the conflict in Yemen, saying that it “has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” having “passed the tipping point into a rapid decline from crisis…

Quarter of young Rohingya children have acute malnutrition

Rappler.com reported last week that the United Nations said that one quarter of Rohingya children below the age of five who have escaped violence in Myanmar by fleeing to Bangladesh have malnutrition that could potentially be deadly. UNICEF said that three health and nutrition surveys carried out between October 22 and November 27 indicated that…

Indian Cabinet green-lights National Nutrition Mission

The cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Nutrition Mission (NNM) to tackle malnourishment and stunted growth, LiveMint reported. The government is aiming to cut undernutrition, stunting, and low birthweight by 2% per year among 100 million people. It also hopes to cut anaemia among women, adolescent girls, and young children by 3% every…

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