Agriculture ‘engine of growth’ to eradicating hunger in Africa, UN official stresses

Jan 30, 14 Agriculture ‘engine of growth’ to eradicating hunger in Africa, UN official stresses

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29 January 2014 – A senior United Nations official today stressed that agriculture is the engine of growth needed to eradicate hunger and boost food production in Africa, ahead of the launch later this week of the 2014 African Year of Agriculture and Food Security. José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and...

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Syria: UN ready to rush food, medicines into besieged Homs once green light is given

Jan 28, 14 Syria: UN ready to rush food, medicines into besieged Homs once green light is given

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28 January 2014 – United Nations trucks in Syria are on standby to deliver urgently needed food and medicines to 500 besieged families who have been trapped in the Old City of Homs without any aid for almost two years, once the warring parties allow access, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today. Nearly 1.6 million...

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Philippine coconut farmers in dire need of alternative livelihoods, UN agency warns

Jan 27, 14 Philippine coconut farmers in dire need of alternative livelihoods, UN agency warns

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27 January 2014 – Coconut farmers in the Philippines are in urgent need of assistance to recover their livelihoods nearly three months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country, the United Nations food relief agency today warned, calling for donors to support its $38 million call for severely affected Philippine households....

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Growing demand for cropland threatens environment, UN agency reports

24 January 2014 – If demand for new land on which to grow food continues at the current rate, by 2050, high-end estimates are that area nearly the size of Brazil could be ruined, with vital forests, savannahs and grassland lost, the United Nations today warned in a new report. Up to 849 million hectares of natural land may be...

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CAR: despite insecurity, UN provides food for hundreds of thousands

Jan 24, 14 CAR: despite insecurity, UN provides food for hundreds of thousands

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24 January 2014 – The United Nations today called for security to be re-established along the main roads in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to allow access for vital aid and humanitarian staff as 38 trucks with a month’s supply of food for 155,000 people remained blocked at the frontier. But despite the ongoing violence...

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