Food Security

Farmers turn to fishing as Zimbabwe crops fail

WEDZA, Zimbabwe, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The lean season in Zimbabwe has rarely been so lean. Harvests have failed across the country after a cruel combination of late rains, floods and drought. Farmers are turning their hand to just about anything to ensure their families don't starve... full report

Do we still care about the F word?

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report

Farm debt rises as Myanmar floodwaters recede

KANBALU, Myanmar, 19 August 2015 (IRIN Asia) - One month after torrential rains submerged much of Myanmar, the floodwaters are finally receding. But the government says 773,000 acres of farmland were damaged, including nursery plots containing seedlings for the next crop. If farmers don’t get a crop into the ground within two weeks they will miss out on the harvest in November and December. full report

Drought by numbers in North Korea

YANGON, 13 August 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Health, nutrition and sanitation conditions have deteriorated for citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to “a long period of abnormally dry weather,” according to the UN’s emergency aid coordination body OCHA. full report

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid. full report

The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp

ERBIL, 28 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - For the 250,000 displaced Iraqis living in camps, the sweltering heat of the summer can make their lives misery. Staying cool is a gargantuan challenge. full report

Crisis Brief: Unexpected aid in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, 16 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Cut off from government-controlled territory, civilians in rebel-held eastern Ukraine have limited access to goods, basic services and cash. A new IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief finds that much of the aid reaching people is coming from unusual sources. full report

Food aid cut to Malian refugees in Mauritania*

NOUAKCHOTT, 9 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nearly 50,000 Malian refugees are at risk following the suspension of food aid to their camp in southeastern Mauritania, with NGOs warning of a significant increase in acute malnutrition, particularly among children under five, and pregnant and lactating women: full report

Ukraine tightens restrictions on rebel-held east

ARTEMIVSK, 8 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - In what critics call another move in a blockade on rebel-held regions, the Ukrainian government has prohibited public transportation and commercial cargo from crossing road checkpoints into and out of rebel-held territory, complicating travel for people crossing the frontline in search of supplies and services and slowing the delivery of aid and basic goods. full report

Photo feature: Sierra Leoneans still feeling the impact of Ebola

FREETOWN, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Sierra Leone is beginning to show some signs of recovering from the ongoing Ebola outbreak, but many family are still struggling to survive. full report

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