food shortages

  • February 28, 2018

    Southern Africa’s water source and crops are under serious pressure as a long dry spell and high temperatures have taken hold in the region, the UN agriculture agency has warned, saying that after record maize production in 2017, food shortages are set to worsen this year. 

  • October 2, 2015

    Almost three million people are predicted to face acute food shortages in Malawi in the coming months, with potentially devastating effects for vulnerable communities.

  • September 9, 2013

    Erratic rains and unusual mid-season droughts over the past year have triggered critical levels of crop failure in Zimbabwe, according to the World Food Programme.

  • May 26, 2011

    The National Council of Churches in Korea has been threatened with legal action by the Seoul government after sending food aid to starving North Koreans.

  • July 12, 2010

    I’m always complaining about food bills. My family will testify how annoyed I get when they then waste the purchased food. “Do you know that people in England and Wales throw away 3.6 million tonnes of food each year?” I ask my three teenage boys, “and that 60 per cent of it is untouched, with salad, fruit and bread being the most commonly wasted?” I fail to engender outrage. But then we’re better off than most. At the weekend the charity, ‘Contact a Family’, warned that families in UK with disabled children are going without basics such as food after being left in financial "dire straits”.

  • April 23, 2008

    The agency is providing relief to hungry children and families affected by the crisis and is preparing to increase its response. Rising global prices for food and fuel have hammered Haiti, which survives largely on imported goods.

  • January 14, 2008

    Extreme rainfall in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe has caused severe flooding with devastating consequences - including food shortages to come as farmers’ crops are washed away, warn international church and development bodies.