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Call for urgent and at-scale action to avert rising hunger and risk of famine in over 20 countries

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months without urgent and scaled-up assistance, warn the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) in a new report issued today. Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria top the...

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Disruptions in health services due to COVID-19 may have contributed to additional child and maternal deaths in South Asia

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Drastic cuts in the availability and use of essential public health services across South Asia due to COVID-19 may have contributed to an estimated 228,000 additional child deaths in 2020, according to a new United Nations report. Around 11,000 additional maternal deaths are also expected. Clinics and...

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UN launches humanitarian response plan as hunger levels continue to deepen in South Sudan

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

As hunger levels continue to deepen in South Sudan due to a combination of violence, climate change and COVID-19, the 2021 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on Tuesday aiming to reach 6.6 million people – including 350,000 refugees - with life-saving assistance and protection. The plan asks...

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WFP to convene a coalition of stakeholders to restore and boost access to school feeding for the most vulnerable children

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun to convene a coalition of stakeholders to support governments to restore and boost access to school feeding for the most vulnerable children. At the request of the African Union and member states such as Finland and France,...

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Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security in the aftermath of COVID-19

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Hunger and famine will persist and there will be unequal recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic unless more women in rural and urban areas hold leadership positions with increased decision-making power, say the heads of the three United Nations' food agencies ahead of...

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Acute malnutrition threatens half of children under five in Yemen in 2021

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021, four United Nations agencies warned today. Of these, 400,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and could die if they do not receive...

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Guatemala provides food assistance to vulnerable people in remote locations backed by UN agencies

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

* A story written by L. Alejandro Arriola and originally published by the World Food Programme Launched in 2019 by the Guatemalan Food and Nutrition Security Secretariat and the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the initiative was expanded last year across the regions where...

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