Middle East

Beirut port blast accelerates separate crisis: Hunger

by Amy Lieberman Devex August 24, 2020

The explosion in Beirut in early August has amplified another, relatively new crisis in Lebanon: rapidly rising rates of food insecurity...

Parents in Lebanon Barter on Facebook through Food Crisis

by Katell Ane Food Tank August 8, 2020

The recent massive explosions in Beirut are blocking vital food imports and placing further strain on Lebanon’s struggling economy, according to aid organization Mercy Corps in Beirut....

KT For Good: This Ramadan, let’s work towards food waste reduction

by Dhanusha Gokulan The Khaleej Times May 5, 2019

The Khaleej Times is proposing that those observing Ramadan be mindful of food waste during the season. Annual food waste is estimated at 427kg per person in Saudi Arabia and 197kg per person in the UAE, compared with 95kg to 115kg in Europe and North America, according to a research report release...

Yemen Food Security Outlook February to September 2019

by Famine Early Warning System Network Relief Web March 25, 2019

Continued conflict expected to prolong Famine risk in Yemen in 2019...

UNICEF Official Calls Yemen A Living Hell For Children

by Jane Arraf NPR November 5, 2018

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is worsening, with millions of children at risk of starvation and fighting intensifying despite international pressure for a cease-fire in the country's civil war, according to a senior United Nations official who last week visited the rebel-held port of Hodeidah...

Million fruit trees planted in Oman in bid to boost food security

by Times News Service Times of Oman November 4, 2018

Oman’s government has planted more than one million fruit trees as it seeks to ensure its food-security in the future, and at the same time wean itself from foodstuffs exported from overseas....

Chronic Hunger Stalks Millions in War-Torn Yemen

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America October 24, 2018

The U.N. World Food Program is scaling up its emergency food and nutrition program for millions of Yemeni civilians who are on the brink of famine. The WFP warns conditions in the country continue to worsen as more than three years of escalating warfare have pushed the country’s economic and healt...

World Food Day 2018 celebrated in Iraq under the theme “Our Actions Are Our Future, Ending World Hunger by 2030 is Possible”

by World Food Programme Relief Web October 24, 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme in Iraq (WFP) celebrated the World Food Day under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Agriculture at the Ministry in Baghdad. The theme for this event...

Isolated and unseen, Yemenis eat leaves to stave off famine

by Maggie Michael AP News September 18, 2018

In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the suffering there as parents and children waste away....

Yemen Food Security Outlook: Weakening of the national currency further impacts food and fuel prices

by FEWS Net FEWS Net September 2, 2018

Large populations in Yemen continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity, according to the latest report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net)....