Sudan rebels detain Bulgarian aid chopper crew

2015-01-28 21:10

Six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme have been detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in South Kordofan.

UN halves food aid to Kenya

2014-11-14 16:04

Food rations vital for half a million refugees in Kenya will be slashed in half due to an aid shortfall, the United Nations says in an appeal to donors.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis - expert

2014-10-31 14:21

With few exceptions, African governments and institutions are being criticised for offering only marginal support as the continent faces Ebola, once again depending on the international community to save them.

Cele asks SA to donate food

2014-10-03 13:26

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele has called on South Africans to donate food to the 12 million South Africans who go to bed hungry each day.

World losing battle to contain Ebola: MSF

2014-09-02 18:01

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres says the world was 'losing the battle' to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

UN aid convoy arrives in Gaza from Egypt

2014-08-27 17:52

A UN humanitarian aid convoy crossed into Gaza from Egypt for the first time since a blockade was introduced on the territory in 2007.

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

2014-08-22 09:13

Government officials have handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water to residents of a slum in Liberia’s capital where thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

UN to feed up to one million hit by Ebola

2014-08-16 07:34

The UN is set to step up food aid to reach up to a million people affected by the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in west Africa, the World Food Programme says.

Food rations for African refugees slashed

2014-07-01 17:39

Nearly 800 000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed by up to 60%, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation.

Half of Yemenis threatened by food crisis

2014-05-30 22:20

Nearly half of Yemen's population is going hungry, the UN's food agency has warned.

UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

2014-04-08 21:53

The UN's food aid agency warned that Syria was facing a drought that could put millions of people's lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war.

Don't forget Mali's refugees, aid groups urge

2014-03-05 07:46

Mali’s conflict and the ensuing flood of refugees must not be forgotten amid the multiplication of global crises, the UN refugee agency and the WFP says.

WFP 'fails to feed hungry Zimbabweans'

2014-02-11 17:37

The World Food Programme is reportedly struggling to feed hundreds of starving Zimbabweans around the country as donors have switched to other humanitarian crises in the world.

Zim economy will grow 4% - World Bank

2014-01-15 19:01

A World Bank senior economist says Zimbabwe's economy will grow by 4.2% this year, well short of the goverment's projection of 6.4%.

Somalia Cyclone: As many as 300 feared dead

2013-11-13 14:28

As many as 300 people are feared dead after a ferocious storm and days of heavy floods in Somalis’s north-eastern Puntland region, the local government says.

DRC families at risk as food aid dries up

2013-10-17 07:45

Some of the most haunting victims of the two decades of conflict ravaging eastern DRC are the starving children, and their fate looks likely to get worse as food aid dries up.

1 in 8 around the world go hungry – UN

2013-10-01 13:30

One in eight people around the world is chronically undernourished, the UN’s food agencies say, warning world leaders that some regions would fail in halving the number of hungry people by 2015.

Hunger costs Swaziland 3% of GDP

2013-07-31 08:59

Around three in 10 young children in Swaziland are stunted by hunger, and 270 000 workers are also physically affected, an official says, citing a government-backed study.

UN: Aid to N Korea hit by sanctions

2013-04-29 21:08

International sanctions against North Korea have hit humanitarian funding for the isolated country, five UN agencies say in an appeal for help.

Syria war causing great civilian strife

2013-02-05 16:26

The UN says that the humanitarian crisis in Syria has reached "catastrophic" proportions, with some 2.5 million people in the war-ravaged country lacking enough food.

CAR rivals agree unity government

2013-01-12 09:00

Central African Republic rebel groups have signed a ceasefire deal with President Francois Bozize who agreed to set up a government of national unity and call new elections.

UN unable to feed a million Syrians

2013-01-08 16:12

The World Food Programme has said it is unable to help a million Syrians who are going hungry.

Hunger adds to pain in Syria's Aleppo

2012-08-13 22:26

Syrians who have yet to flee the war in Aleppo are facing another problem that is growing more acute by the day: hunger.

1.6m Zimbabweans need food aid

2012-07-27 13:08

About 1.6 million of Zimbabwe’s estimated 12 million people will need food aid during the peak of the dry season due to poor harvest, the UN says.

UN aid chiefs call for $725m in Sahel

2012-02-15 22:33

United Nations and European Union aid chiefs have called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's drought-hit Sahel region, saying it needed $725m this year.


Bikes for Ebola

2014-11-22 08:26

Germany has sent 400 motorcycles to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

UN greets first food convoy from Sudan

2014-11-11 11:04

The UN is welcoming the arrival of the first food convoy from Sudan to northern South Sudan as a step forward in relations between the feuding neighbours.

Gunmen seize UN worker in South Sudan

2014-10-17 14:48

Gunmen have seized a United Nations worker in war-torn South Sudan, the World Food Programme says in a plea for his release.

Obama to ask for $88m for Ebola effort

2014-09-15 17:34

President Obama plans to ask Congress to approve his request for $88m to fund a major Ebola offensive in West Africa that would include greater military involvement.

$70m food aid needed for Ebola quarantine areas

2014-08-30 19:06

The World Food Programme says it needs to raise $70m to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa.

Senegal blocks Liberia aid flight

2014-08-22 21:34

Regional humanitarian hub Senegal has blocked a regional UN aid plane from landing and was banning all further flights to and from countries affected by Ebola.

Ebola has killed 1 200 people so far

2014-08-19 12:36

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2 240, including 1 229 deaths, the WHO says, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

S Korea offers $13.3m in aid for North Korea

2014-08-11 12:36

South Korea says it would provide $13.3m in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea, its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

C Africa refugees overwhelm Cameroon

2014-06-05 05:00

The United Nations food aid and refugee agencies have appealed for funds to cope with a growing humanitarian crisis in Cameroon.

UN to help feed 6.5 million Ethiopians

2014-05-13 15:57

The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, with the country hit by locusts, neighbouring war and sparse rainfall.

UN to airlift food aid to S Sudan refugees

2014-03-07 14:19

WFP says it is planning to airlift and airdrop urgently needed food aid to thousands of refugees and others affected by the conflict in South Sudan.

1 in 5 Mauritanians face hunger – WFP

2014-03-04 10:43

At least one in five people face food insecurity in the west African desert country of Mauritania because of poor harvest and high prices, the World Food Programme says.

WFP: Mass looting of food aid in S Sudan

2014-01-25 09:59

The World Food Programme says looters in South Sudan have stolen food aid that would have fed more than 220 000 people for a month.

UN forced to cut food aid to 1m Zimbabweans

2014-01-14 14:38

A million Zimbabweans benefitting from the UN World Food Programme aid are facing hunger due to a lack of funding that has caused deep cuts in assistance, the organisation says.

UN fears Syrian kids going hungry in battle zones

2013-11-02 14:28

The UN’s food aid agency says it feared a rise in malnutrition among children trapped in besieged communities in Syria, where fighting has halted supply convoys.

Food shortages hit Madagascar

2013-10-09 13:13

Almost a fifth of the people of the Indian Ocean country of Madagascar do not have enough food after a poor harvest, two UN agencies say.

SA gives R3m in aid to DRC

2013-09-06 22:39

SA has contributed R3m to the UN's efforts to alleviate hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim says.

Half of Syrians will need aid - UN

2013-06-07 21:09

The UN expects 10.25 million Syrians, half the population, will need humanitarian aid by the end of 2013 at a cost of more than $5bn, UN humanitarian agencies say.

UN aims to feed 2.5 million Syrians

2013-02-05 19:01

The UN food agency says it was dramatically expanding its aid operation in Syria to reach a million more people, in the face of growing alarm over the situation in the war-torn country.

Syria allows agency to feed more people

2013-01-16 22:26

The Syrian government will give the World Food Programme greater access to the 2.5 million Syrians suffering from hunger, the head of the UN agency has said.

Food aid pillaged in CAR

2013-01-08 18:44

Hundreds of tons of food aid have been stolen from warehouses across the restive Central African Republic, the UN's World Food Programme says.

Almost a million displaced in DRC

2012-12-13 22:27

More than 900 000 people have been displaced by violence in the strife-ridden eastern DRC region of North Kivu, up about 500 000 on the figure made public in April.

WFP sends food aid to Syria's Aleppo

2012-08-01 16:29

The World Food Programme has sent supplies to Syria's commercial capital Aleppo to help tackle shortages triggered by escalating clashes between troops and rebels, the UN agency says.

UN foreign staff back in Sudan war zone

2012-02-25 16:16

UN international staff have returned to Sudan's South Kordofan for the first time in months, as global concern mounts over food shortages in the war-torn state.

Millions still risk hunger in South Sudan

2012-02-08 22:33

Conflict, population displacement and high food prices mean millions of people in South Sudan face hunger this year.

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