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Economic empowerment of rural women strengthens food security

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

The programme, 'Accelerating Progress towards Rural Women's Economic Empowerment’, implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls (UN Women) and the...

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The latest wave of COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on children and their families in South Asia

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a USD 164 million appeal for personal protective gear, together with COVID-19 testing and control equipment, to save lives amidst the deadly wave of infections which continues to sweep across South Asia. Across the region of almost 2 billion...

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Landmark contribution from public and private donors to kickstart GFF’s campaign to tackle COVID-19’s secondary health crisis

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN Donor Network

Landmark contribution from public and private donors comes as the governments of Canada and Senegal, along with the World Bank, announce co-hosting role to “reclaim the gains” and mitigate the pandemic’s devastating impacts Public and private donors committed more than USD 200 million to the Global...

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Acute food insecurity on the rise as the Central African Republic reels from impacts of conflict and COVID-19

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Nearly half of the population - 47 percent - suffers from high and surging acute food insecurity in the Central African Republic as the country reels from the impacts of ongoing conflict and COVID-19, and braces for another harsh May-August lean season, warn the Food and...

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Small-scale farmers of Haiti to receive help for food production and COVID-19

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

The Government of Haiti and the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) signed a financing agreement for a project that will help Haitian farmers recover from the impact of Covid-19 and increase staple food production. The project will kickstart rapid recovery...

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USAID announces increased assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN Donor Network

Vice President Harris announced that the United States is providing USD310 million in increased assistance to the Northern Triangle, including USD255 million in assistance to meet immediate and urgent humanitarian needs for people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, refugees, other displaced people, and vulnerable...

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A major food transfer program in Bangladesh fell short during the COVID-19 pandemic

  |   SUN Civil Society Network, SUN Country Network

* A blog by Shyamal Chowdhury, Nahian Bin Khaled, Kalyani Raghunthan, Shahidur Rashid and Honor Dearlove originally published by IFPRI Bangladesh’s March-May 2020 COVID-19 lockdown has had severe consequences for the incomes and food security of poor households. Public food transfer programs have traditionally been the...

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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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