20 February 2017 Juba/Rome--- Famine has officially been declared by the South Sudanese government for some parts of the country. The UN is warning that areas hardest hit by war and a collapsing economy have left about 100,000 people facing starvation and a further 1 million people classified as being on the brink of famine. To elaborate more on the situation is Luca Russo, a senior strategic advisor on resilience with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.
16 February 2017, Rome--- A three day emergency meeting dealing with issues of emerging pests and diseases in Southern Africa concludes today in Harare, Zimbabwe. The region is experiencing an upsurge of new crop and livestock diseases that are threatening the livelihood of a big portion of the population that depends on agriculture for subsistence. The region is also on alert for a possible outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza that has already been confirmed in Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda.
14 February 2017, Rome--- According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, drought is pushing food prices up sharply in East Africa. The food agency’s latest “Food Price Monitoring and Analysis Bulletin” indicates that local prices for maize, sorghum and other cereals are near or at record levels in areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
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