Refugees
People forced to flee from home because of war, persecution, violence, human rights violations or natural disasters are more than ever. In 2016, the numbers reached a peak of 65.6 million. Of these, roughly eighty-four percent of them take shelter in developing countries, often in the remotest and poorest areas of already poor countries...
Written by: Elena L. Pasquini
Food and Agriculture
In the 27-member European Union, farmland is being concentrated into fewer hands at an ‘alarming’ extent and speed, according to a report approved by the European Parliament in April. The reasons are multiple: Growing demand for food and feedstuff, pressure from non-agricultural uses such as production of raw materials for the fuel, chemical and textile...
Written by: Degrees of Latitude
Food and Agriculture
The global food production is “booming”, driven by strong cereal harvests, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. However, 37 countries, 29 of which in Africa, need external food assistance, as pointed out in the the new edition of the FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. FAO’s forecasts for global cereal production in 2017 now...
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Yemen
"The streets of Sana'a city have become battlegounds", Jamie McGoldrick, United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said today in a statement. He is calling for a "humanitarian pause" on Tuesday to "allow civilians to leave their homes and seek assistance and protection".  While we are writing, the news of the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh reached us....
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Yemen
After two years and a half of conflict, Yemen is on the brink of famine and it is facing an “unprecedented” cholera crisis. Millions of people are in need of assistance, in what is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Some 22.2 million people, 2 million of which internally displaced, require humanitarian aid and protection, according...
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Health
The fight to eradicate malaria is stalling, according to the World Malaria Report 2017, released today by the World Health Organization. In 2016 there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, 5 million more than in 2015; while deaths reached 445 000 compared to 446 000. “In recent years, we...
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