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Millions of children’s lives at stake as El Niño strengthens, UNICEF ‘wake-up call’ report warns

10 November 2015 – As a result of a strengthening El Niño, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that an estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa alone, as the weather phenomenon has left droughts and floods in its wake throughout parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

UN launches 2016 International Year of Pulses, celebrating benefits of legumes

10 November 2015 – Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

Food safety and trade should improve nutrition and boost development – UN agencies

02 November 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed today to strengthen their cooperation to promote international food trade and safety in ways that improve nutrition and allow small-scale producers to have better access to international agricultural markets.

Senior UN official pleads for access to Yemeni city of Taiz to avert humanitarian tragedy

29 October 2015 – The World Food Programme (WFP) today pleaded for the “‘safe and immediate access” to Taiz, where food aid last reached the besieged city in southern Yemen five weeks ago, warning that “if this situation continues the damage from hunger will be irreversible.”

UN agencies warn of deteriorating food security in Southern Madagascar

28 October 2015 – Leading food agencies of the United Nations warned that 46 per cent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar, comprising of 1.9 million people are food insecure, including 450,000 people who face chronic food insecurity.

South Sudan: UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent ‘catastrophe’

22 October 2015 – Three United Nations agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.