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wonder if it has much to do with our interference and oil extraction in the 80s...
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please what? know your history, baby. a lot of colonialism caused famin. later western nations felt obligated to "help" but interfered in the way food wa naturally distributed. you could give me an intelligent opinion on that instead of your preformed replies
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please what? know your history, baby. a lot of colonialism caused famin. later western nations felt obligated to "help" but interfered in the way food wa naturally distributed. you could give me an intelligent opinion on that instead of your preformed replies
History proves that some people will never be able to take care of themselves and should not procreate.
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Starvation and famine cause largest humanitarian crisis since 1945...

UN says world faces largest humanitarian crisis since 1945
Mar 10,`17: The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Friday.
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Stephen O'Brien told the U.N. Security Council that "without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease." He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid "to avert a catastrophe." "To be precise," O'Brien said, "we need $4.4 billion by July." Without a major infusion of money, he said, children will be stunted by severe malnutrition and won't be able to go to school, gains in economic development will be reversed and "livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost."

U.N. and food organizations define famine as when more than 30 percent of children under age 5 suffer from acute malnutrition and mortality rates are two or more deaths per 10,000 people every day, among other criteria. "Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations," O'Brien said. "Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine." O'Brien said the largest humanitarian crisis is in Yemen where two-thirds of the population - 18.8 million people - need aid and more than seven million people are hungry and don't know where their next meal will come from. "That is three million people more than in January," he said.

The Arab world's poorest nation is engulfed in conflict and O'Brien said more than 48,000 people fled fighting just in the past two months. During his recent visit to Yemen, O'Brien said he met senior leaders of the government and the Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa, and all promised access for aid. "Yet all parties to the conflict are arbitrarily denying sustained humanitarian access and politicize aid," he said, warning if that behavior doesn't change now "they must be held accountable for the inevitable famine, unnecessary deaths and associated amplification in suffering that will follow."

For 2017, O'Brien said $2.1 billion is needed to reach 12 million Yemenis "with life-saving assistance and protection" but only 6 percent has been received so far. He announced that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will chair a pledging conference for Yemen on April 25 in Geneva. The U.N. humanitarian chief also visited South Sudan, the world's newest nation which has been ravaged by a three-year civil war, and said "the situation is worse than it has ever been." "The famine in South Sudan is man-made," he said. "Parties to the conflict are parties to the famine - as are those not intervening to make the violence stop." O'Brien said more than 7.5 million people need aid, up by 1.4 million from last year, and about 3.4 million South Sudanese are displaced by fighting including almost 200,000 who have fled the country since January.

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20 million people risk dying of hunger...

Fighting famine: 'Unprecedented crisis' putting 20 million people at risk, warns UN agency
Tuesday 15th August, 2017 -- Twenty million people risk dying of hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and the north-east of Nigeria, including 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations food relief agency said, spotlighting today its worldwide campaign to fight famine.
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"Famine is declared when there is evidence of extreme conditions regarding food access, child malnutrition and an increase in the death rate," stated the UN World Food Programme (WFP), while launching in Spain a global Fighting Famine campaign in Spain to warn about this unprecedented food crisis. Commending "the intense response mounted by the humanitarian community," WFP said the famine declared in two counties of South Sudan in February had been overcome and, to date, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria have averted it. "Nonetheless," the agency cautioned, "the situation is still critical."

WFP pointed out that apart from Yemen, the other three countries are entering the lean season 8211 the time of year when the previous season's harvest has run out and food stocks are at their lowest. Also, the rains are making access by land difficult, and even impossible. While air transportation may sometimes be possible, it costs up to seven times more. The severe food crisis in Yemen is caused by the consequences of armed conflict devastating the country, according to the UN agency. WFP has implemented emergency response mechanisms that include food airdrops in remote areas in South Sudan and trucking in supplies to areas where people have fled from Boko Haram in Nigeria.


In June, agency assisted 11.8 million people in the four famine-facing countries, underscoring that "almost half of them are in Yemen, where lack of funding has meant that WFP has been forced to make the difficult decision to reduce the amount of food each person in order to stretch resources further." To shine a spotlight on the unprecedented food crisis, WFP is taking part in a worldwide FightingFamine campaign. The UN agency noted that in Spain, Mastercard and MediaCom have donated resources and advertising space so that the initiative is channeled through press, online media, digital screens and street furniture.

WFP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, and with this campaign, it urges "the private sector and individuals to take action to help prevent a looming humanitarian disaster." As WFP depends on the generosity of donor governments, supporters and partners to quickly deliver food to affected people in these four countries, it urgently needs $900 million to meet immediate needs and avoid the spread of famine for the period of August to January 2018.

Fighting famine Unprecedented crisis putting 20 million people at risk warns UN agency
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Amid soaring food insecurity in DR Congo, UN agencies call for food aid, supplies
Tuesday 15th August, 2017 -- More than one in ten people living in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are hungry due to escalating and prolonged conflict and displacement, United Nations agencies today reported, warning that the situation will worsen unless urgent support comes in time.
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"7.7 million people face acute hunger8211 a 30 percent increase over the last year," said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said. In a new report, the UN agencies said that between June last year and June this year, the number of people in "emergency" and "crisis" levels of food insecurity 8211 levels that precede "famine" 8211 rose by 1.8 million, from 5.9 million to 7.7 million. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released today also notes that the humanitarian situation has worsened due to the spread of fall armyworm infestations, and cholera and measles outbreaks.

In conflict-ridden areas, over 1.5 million people are facing "emergency" levels of food insecurity according to the IPC report, which means people are forced to sell everything they have and skip or reduce their meals. "In conflict-ridden areas, farmers have seen their villages and fields pillaged. They have not been able to plant for the last two seasons. There is a lack of local markets providing for their food needs," said Alexis Bonte, FAO Representative ad interim in DRC. "The situation is set to get worse if urgent support does not come in time."


Farmers, especially those displaced 8211 the majority of whom are women and children 8211 are in urgent food aid, as well as in need of tools and seeds so that they can resume farming, the UN agencies said. In several areas, people only eat once a day. The meal is often based on corn, cassava or potatoes, which does not meet their daily nutritional and calorie needs. "In some cases, diets are limited to starches and leaves," FAO and WFP said.

Chronic malnutrition affects 43 per cent of children under five 8211 more than 7 million 8211 in DRC, according to the report. The situation is particularly difficult in the Kasai region, where growing insecurity has worsened the poverty and food insecurity. "FAO and WFP call for an urgent increase in the provision of lifesaving food and specialized nutrition assistance to combat malnutrition as well as seeds and tools so that farmers can plant again and regain their livelihoods," the UN agencies said.

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70 years. and the cycle continues. They know how to have babies, they just are not able to take care of them. In another 70 years, it will be much worse.
Because they are good at having babies, and that's about it, apparently. The only way to fix the problem is to take over their country, or sterilize them. Or just get used to millions of people suffering and dying.

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I remember years ago, the comedian Sam Kinison did a skit about this. He said something to the effect of "Don't send them food, send them U-Hauls. YOU LIVE IN A F'ING DESSERT! MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS!". While it was meant as comedy, there was quite a bit of truth to that sentiment.

Yeah, I know it isn't quite that simple, but at some point, people need to get on board with the fact that these people are not able to take care of themselves and need assistance in getting somewhere where they may be able to in the future.
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Simple Concoction Found to Halt Fall Armyworm
August 17, 2017 — A farmers' group in South Sudan's Imotong state says it has found a way to combat the dreaded fall armyworm, which has devastated crops across the state.
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Robert Lokang, leader of the Bidaya Farm association, says he regularly sprays his crops with a concoction of tree leaves, ash, powdered soap and water. The all-natural formula is designed to kill the armyworms while not harming the plants. It's not a new invention - Lokang says he learned it decades ago as a child, when his father used the same concoction to ward off pests. He says about a year ago, the NGO Care International showed local farmers how to use the mixture as a replacement for pesticides. He says his group decided to try it on the fall armyworm and it worked.

Fall armyworms, which are native to the Americas, have spread across Africa since 2015, raising alarm among farmers and agriculture officials. The pests thrive in warm and humid climates, travel great distances quickly, and devour maize, cotton, sorghum, and vegetable crops. They were first detected in South Sudan in June, although they could have arrived earlier. Lokang says he suffered severe financial losses last season after fall armyworms tore into his eggplants, tomatoes, onions and cabbages. “They are eating the leaves and other insects. They also destroy the roots and the ones we transplant when the fruit is ready, they also get rotten,” Lokang told VOA's South Sudan in Focus.


A farmer inspects a plant to reveal an armyworm he found feeding on his maize crop at a farm on the outskirts of Harare, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. A farmers' group in South Sudan's Imotong state says it has found a way to combat the dreaded fall armyworm, which has devastated crops across the state

Lokang's concoction is fairly simple to make. “We collect the neem leaves, almost one bucket, then we soften or grind [them] using stone, then we get ashes and some Omo [powdered soap] and mix it in a basin of water, and keep it for two to three days before spraying,” he said. Imatong farmer Mary Peter said mixing the concoction and spraying it manually is tedious, but effective. “This is the fourth planting that I am seeing some changes after we have used neem and red pepper. After [the spraying] they have grown bigger," she said. United Nations and government officials say regular insecticides do not work on the fall armyworm.

Awello Obale, an official at the state agriculture ministry, said Lokang’s method is cost-effective since there is no other immediate solution to the fall armyworm infestation. “We encourage farmers... to use the cultural practices to control not only armyworm but other insects also,” Obale said. Fortunately, neem trees are plentiful in the area. Obale says farmers should take advantage of Lokang’s simple method. U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization officials say they will introduce new crop varieties in Imotong State thought to be resistant to armyworms and other pests. The new crop varieties include maize, rice, cow peas, groundnuts and beans.

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Famine averted but millions still at risk of malnutrition & hunger...

Nigeria: Famine averted but millions still at risk, stresses top UN relief official
Thursday 14th September, 2017 -- Noting important progress in delivering life-saving aid to millions in north-east Nigeria, the top United Nations humanitarian official underscored that international assistance to people suffering amid the crisis must not dwindle.
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"We have averted famine, but millions of people are still at risk if more international help is not forthcoming," said Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, at the end of a two-day mission to the country. "At next week's General Assembly in New York, I will urge world leaders to maintain their financial and political support for the Lake Chad Basin crisis, and to work with the Nigerian authorities to bring stability to the north-east," he added. In particular, Mr. Lowcock, also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, noted the Nigerian Government's leadership and coordination of relief efforts and welcomed the Vice President's assurance to extend the Government's own food aid programme.


He also highlighted that the international system has also rapidly scaled up and saved millions of lives, reaching two million people with food assistance every month as well as providing life-saving nutritional support to hundreds of thousands of children. However, the humanitarian situation remains precarious. Since the beginning of the Boko Haram conflict, more than 20,000 people have been killed, thousands of women and children abducted, many forced into displacement, and subjected to violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. In north-east Nigeria, at least 8.5 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance.

Recalling his visit to Gwoza 8211 a town which the Boko Haram declared capital of its territory in 2015 before Government forces took it back the same year 8211 and meeting Fatima, a nine-year-old girl who fled with her family to the town four years ago, Mr. Lowcock said that though many towns in the region are relatively safe, more needed to be done to bring safety to the rural areas. "In the meantime, Fatima and millions of others like her will rely on humanitarian assistance," he noted.

Mr. Lowcock travelled to Niger and Nigeria from 9-12 September, shortly after beginning his roles as the top UN relief official on 1 September. While in the two countries, he also held meetings senior government officials, UN humanitarian agencies, international non-governmental organizations and the diplomatic community.

Nigeria Famine averted but millions still at risk stresses top UN relief official
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