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Soil pollution, mostly due to human activities that leave excess chemicals in the earth used to grow food, took center stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO this week.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:00 am
A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Posted: June 21, 2017, 10:00 pm
Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to six million.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by FAO in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month. It is part of efforts, led by the Government, to combat critical levels of food insecurity in areas affected by Boko Haram violence.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 10:00 pm

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

ROME – A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Author: WFP
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:26 am
DAMASCUS – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.
Author: WFP
Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:57 am
DHAKA – The Australian Government has announced additional support of AUD3.9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve nutrition and build community resilience in Cox’s Bazar.
Author: WFP
Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:14 am
ROME/JUBA - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.
Author: WFP
Posted: June 21, 2017, 7:01 am