The delayed effects of the 2016 El Niño warming phenomenon are now settling in worldwide. Prolonged droughts, worsened by conflict and severe food shortages, are affecting as many as 70 million people throughout central, east, and southern Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.
Famine has been declared in part of north central South Sudan’s Unity state. A million people are on the brink of famine, in addition to the 100,000 facing imminent starvation, according to U.N. agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP).
Humanitarian world news brings you a weekly selection of events and trends impacting people and the humanitarian community worldwide. This week’s top news includes a new study that highlights the widening rich-poor food disparity, the UN’s new leader, child workers freed in India, and the mistaken bombing of refugee camp in Nigeria.
The Kayombo family was just barely getting by as cassava farmers, but a successful livelihoods project changed everything. Read their story.
Hunger and conflict are taking a heavy toll on children and families in the areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad near the Lake Chad water basin. Food production in Syria is at a record low as farmers are losing their ability to cultivate crops with dwindling resources. And areas of South Sudan could experience famine in the coming months if families are unable to access more food or livelihood help.
KidREACH — a World Vision after-school, tutoring, and mentoring program — teaches kids about healthy eating and how to cultivate fruits and vegetables. Learn how the kids at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Brownton, West Virginia, are reading, writing, and gardening.
News featuring new developments in the fight against Zika virus, new research on child stunting, and aid now flowing to northern Myanmar’s Rakhine state.