Burma / Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

Burma / Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

IRIN – UN news and analysis for – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Bagan, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. “Getting food is a headache for us every day,” said 30-year-old Kyi Htay […]

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Zvishavane, ZIMBABWE, EASTERN AFRICA: With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be […]

Syrian women will join peace talks at UN Geneva

Syrian women will join peace talks at UN Geneva

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: As incidences of intimidation, exploitation, early marriage and sexual assault rise for Syrian women and girls during the conflict in the region, Syrian women are now pushing back against the trauma of war in hopes of gaining their own form of empowerment. Syrian actress Ms. Nanda […]

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

Megan Rowling for TRF – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF-Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: The Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world is “within reach” but only if considerable extra effort is made immediately, U.N. food agencies said on Tuesday. The number of people suffering from chronic hunger – […]

Severe floods hit Western Africa causing fears of severe food shortage

Severe floods hit Western Africa causing fears of severe food shortage

IRIN – WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Dakar, SENEGAL, WESTERN AFRICA: Weeks of heavy rains that began in mid-August have left much of Mauritania’s capital city, Nouakchott, and six of the surrounding regions under water, creating “unprecedented” damage according to the Department of Civil Protection. Some areas have seen as much as 35 percent more rainfall than […]

UN relief agencies thank neighboring countries for hosting Syria’s rising refugees

UN relief agencies thank neighboring countries for hosting Syria’s rising refugees

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: As Syrians stream out of their country due to the crisis inside the region, the heads of two United Nations relief agencies have welcomed the hospitality of Syria’s neighbouring countries which are currently hosting some two million refugees, and appealed to them to keep their borders […]

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The role of nutrition and food security for global child survival has brought what aid experts call a ‘vital discussion’ to the table as a global nutrition-focused event last weekend brought 45,000 people, as well as USAID, the United States humanitarian assistance agency, together with some of […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

United Nations releases new world hunger report

United Nations releases new world hunger report

WNN Breaking (WNN/WFP) Rome, ITALY: Nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, according to the new UN hunger report released today. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI), jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development […]