World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel Region

Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel Region To Be Addressed At Un Meeting In Dakar

At a United Nations meeting Dakar, Senegal, tomorrow, humanitarian and development officials will discuss food security in Africa’s Sahel, a band of land south of the Sahara hit by drought and locusts.

“It is unacceptable that, in a world of plenty, the majority of a population of more than 68 million people are malnourished or constantly threatened by famine, that children die because they are badly or insufficiently nourished,” said UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahltsröm.

The two-day joint dialogue will focus on both the immediate and the structural causes of the subregion’s recurring food crises as part of efforts to mitigate and prevent future crises.

Since 1972, the countries of the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal – have suffered acute food and nutritional crises about every ten years, endangering the lives and health of the population and impeding development. “Certainly, factors such as drought and locusts contribute to these crises, but there are also structural and cultural factors,” said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, Director of the West Africa regional office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is organizing the conference along with the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The aim of the event, he said, is to render food crises “a part of Africa’s past.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Myanmar: Military Must Stop Murdering And Jailing Protestors – Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said security forces in Myanmar must “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors,” following another day of deadly violence across the country on Wednesday... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs


UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>