Food Security

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Time for re-think on humanitarian funding?

DUBAI, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is among many agencies struggling to raise enough money to support the growing number of vulnerable people caught up in crises around the world. Aid experts say the humanitarian funding system needs an overhaul. full report

Press 4 for fertilizer - M-farming in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 3 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A new mobile phone hotline is giving Ethiopian farmers instant access to vital information and practical advice to help improve their yields and prepare for bad weather as well as potential disease and pest outbreaks. full report

Cash transfers: Good for people, bad for the community?

DAKAR, 2 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Some 24 million people around the world now receive money instead of food or goods from humanitarian and development agencies. full report

Northeast Nigeria: "Hundreds of thousands have fled"

DAKAR, 28 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate. full report

Iraqi farmers suffer as land seized by militants

JURF-AL-SAKHAR/DUBAI, 26 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Across Iraq as the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) continues to hold large swathes of land, there are concerns not just about farmers’ lost livelihoods, but also the impact that uncollected harvests and the lack of winter planting will have on Iraq’s food security into next year and beyond. full report

The world's strangest land grab?

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 24 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report

Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005). full report

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