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Coronavirus - Africa: Number of hungry people spikes in Central Sahel as COVID-19 looms

Across the Central Sahel -- a region that encompasses Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger - the situation is extremely worrying, with the number of hungry rising steadily as the crisis deepens

The humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region of Africa is spiralling out of control - with more than 5 million people facing severe food insecurity across the region, according to a new joint food security assessment released today by food security partners including the United Nations World Food Programme…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: COVID19 outbreak likely impact on markets and food security in South Sudan

From the Global markets, on March 9 all the major stock indices plunged by 5 to 11 percent, due to the combined effect of coronavirus panic and crashing oil prices

South Sudan heavily depends on export of oil, the reopening of some damaged oil wells following the peace agreement in 2018 pushed up daily oil production (export) by about 20 percent in February 2019. Despite the increase, access of hard currency to importers from banks has not yet started, and…

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European Union (EU) funding supports WFP's lifesaving operation in Niger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to nearly one million people in Niger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €3.2 million (US$3.5m) contribution from the European Union, which will help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by hunger and violence in Niger. EU funding enabled WFP to reach refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in…

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One year since cyclone struck, many Mozambicans struggle to recover amid aid cuts

World Food Programme (WFP) needs US$91 million to be able to fully implement rehabilitation projects for Idai victims this year

A year after Cyclone Idai devastated much of central Mozambique, limited funding for essential reconstruction is preventing many of the hardest-hit people from getting back on their feet, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). In the weeks after the strongest storm to ever hit the country, WFP’s…

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Well-fed schoolchildren are key to fuelling Africa’s Economic Growth and Development – says WFP

Across Africa, more and more countries have made school feeding a national priority, and over 30 million children now benefit from school feeding programmes

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) joins the African Union (AU) and countries across Africa to celebrate the Africa Day of School Feeding on 01 March 2020, taking the occasion to underscore that investments in human capital through school health and nutrition programmes can garner huge pay-offs that extend…

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European Union (EU) boosts assistance to drought-affected people in Lesotho

The EU’s funding comes at a time when over 30 percent of the population across the country is experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the European Union (EU) contribution of €1.5 million (equivalent to about M24 million) in humanitarian support, enabling WFP to expand ongoing emergency drought assistance to an additional 22,100 people on top of the 77,880 people that are already receiving assistance. “The situation…

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Stop Locusts In East Africa Now Or Pay Much More To Help People Later – World Food Programme (WFP)

The regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) warned in an update today that desert locust swarms are now multiplying across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia

It will be vastly more cost-effective to support the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to tackle locusts in East Africa now than to help people in the region after their crops have been ruined, said World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley today. “FAO needs…

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Government of Uganda to receive Japan rice donation to assist refugees in Uganda through World Food Programme (WFP)

The Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, the Japanese Ambassador in Uganda and WFP’s Country Director will be in attendance and will be speaking at the event

WFP is pleased to invite your media house to cover the handover of a Japanese rice consignment to the Government of Uganda through the Office of the Prime Minister this Thursday. The Government will then hand over the rice to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who will distribute…

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Germany pledges multi-year support for The World Food Programme (WFP) food assistance in Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria

The German Federal Foreign Office’s contribution will allow WFP to cover the basic food needs of the most food insecure Sahrawi refugees

The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a multi-year pledge for 2020 and 2021 from the Government of Germany of €1 million (US$1.1 million) each year for its assistance to refugees from Western Sahara in Algeria. The German Federal Foreign Office’s contribution will allow WFP to cover the basic food needs…

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UN agencies raise alarm in the Central Sahel where millions face hunger amid rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis

The unprecedented escalation of humanitarian needs in the Central Sahel is a major factor for the alarming situation that the overall West Africa region is facing in 2020

The number of people facing a critical lack of food and vital livelihood opportunities in the Central Sahel has spiked in one year due to rising insecurity and climatic shocks. The situation may further deteriorate unless the international community acts now, three United Nations agencies warned today. Despite an overall…