Conflict and Famine

Ship bringing agricultural products. Photo: FAO

As Russia quits Black Sea Grain Deal, Food Prices Rise

by Patrick Wintour and Shaun Walker The Guardian July 21, 2023

Russia has indicated that the decision to withdraw from the Black Sea Grain Deal,  which allows Ukraine to export grain from ports on the Black Sea, is final.  Russia has said that any ship traveling to or from Ukraine ports will be considered an enemy vessel....

WORLD FOOD PROGRAM speaks on Feeding those in need

by Link to the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service March 26, 2023

In this video interview by, David Beasley, former Governor of South Carolina, and the outgoing Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) speaks about his o...

Black Sea Grain Initiative, to Expire 18 March 2023, in Peril

by UN Media Center UNOCHA March 16, 2023

The Black Sea Initiative, the U.N. brokered agreement to export Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea ports is due to expire on Saturday the 18th of March, 2023.  As of 14 March, there was a proposal by the Russians, to shorten the extension from 120 days  to 60 days.  The Ukrainians counter that thi...

“Love and Liberation” Captures Voices of Local Aid Workers in Famine Zone

by February 22, 2023

Lauren Carruth's important 2021 book, Love and Liberation - Humanitarian Work in Ethiopia's Somali Region (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press) fills a gap in the literature about aid programs by listening to the perspectives of those personnel delivering aid o...

US Ambassador to the UN warns of famine in Somalia

by Staff at January 31, 2023

Linda Thomas Greenfield, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, gave a speech on January 29th in Mogadishu announcing $41 million for famine prevention in Somalia and urged other nations to join in assisting Somalia fight famine....

Hunger Hotspots: Sahel Countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

by January 24, 2023

In this update from Reliefweb, the coming Spring will also bring acute severe malnutrition in the Sahel, focused in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In addition to conflict in these countries, it is projected that approximately 7.5 million people will be in the stage 3 hunger category (IPC classificati...

Hunger Hotspots; Lebanon

by ReliefWeb, Image from FAO/IPC January 24, 2023

In a food security analysis, it is projected that 2.26 million people will suffer from acute levels of food insecurity in Lebanon  this coming Spring (2023). The continuation of the food insecurity is due to the influx of Syrian refugees, a deteriorating economy, and global inflation....

Mapping Conflict and Food Insecurity in Africa

by African Center for Strategic Studies January 19, 2023

This is a very interesting info-graphic presenting how conflict drives food insecurity in Africa.  It shows that 111 million people who are experiencing food crises are in countries suffering from conflict....

World Bank Releases New Report on Ukraine War and Global Food Crisis

by The World Bank Group Commodity Markets Outlook: The Impact of the War in Ukraine on Commodity Markets, April 2022. World Bank, Washington, DC. May 1, 2022

The World Bank has released a commodity markets report this April on the Impact of the War in Ukraine on World Commodity Markets. In this report, they state that rising oil prices, inflation and the fertilizer scarcity that the war in Ukraine has created has become the greatest shock to g...

Hunger in Niger

by WHES March 30, 2022

Niger is one of the countries within the Sahel region on the southern border of the great Sahara Desert in West Africa.  Niger rests directly north of Nigeria, and is home to over 24 million people.  As the country enters April which this year is the month of Ramadan, it is sobering to observe the...

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