On Our Plate: A Race Against Famine

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Somali refugees receive food and supplies. The UN estimates that more than 65 million people in the world are refugees or internally displaced. Photo by Ann Steensland, GHI

There are currently 20 million people in Africa and Yemen threatened by famine as a result of on-going conflict and climate impacts, like the 2015-2016 El Nino.

On April 25, 2017, government representatives from around the world gathered in New York to discuss the famine in Yemen, where a two-year civil war has put 2.2 million people at risk of starvation.  Governments committed $1.1 billion in relief aid, half of the $2 billion requested by the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF.

At the meeting, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres reminded attendees that humanitarian aid would only provide temporary relief; a political solution is urgently needed in Yemen, as well as in other conflict ridden nations, such as Nigeria, that are struggle to prevent millions of people from succumbing to famine.

The 2016 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®): Sustainability in an Uncertain Season, discusses the links between climate change, conflict and food insecurity. According to the UN, 1 out of every 113 people on earth are refugees or internally displaced due to conflict, poverty or fragile rural environments.

 

 

See the articles below for more on the pledges made for humanitarian relief in Yemen and the complex challenges presented by climate change and conflict to global food security and agricultural development.

Race Against Time In Yemen

World Food Programme, April 25, 2017

Countries pledge $1.1bn to avert Yemen famine

DailyMail.com, April 25, 2017

Fleeing Boko Haram, Thousands Cling to a Road to Nowhere

New York Times, March 30, 2017

Famine: Where is the Rage?

Commentary by Marshall Matz in Agripulse, April 18, 2017

Famine creeps in on Africa while the world’s media looks elsewhere

TheConversation.com, April 25, 2017

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