` Displaced People in South Sudan Sheltering in UN Compounds are Hungry And Have Malnutrition ‘


#AceFoodNews – SOUTH SUDAN – May 07 – Having just met with displaced, war-weary South Sudanese sheltering in United Nations compounds, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months.

“In South Sudan, I saw a country on the brink of a food security calamity,” Mr. Ban told the Rome-based Committee on World Food Security, whose members include the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

“UN peacekeepers are sheltering about 80,000 people in a fragile yet important advance in upholding our commitment to protect civilians. But those outside the gates also need our assistance,” he said, having seen just yesterday the hardships faced by families staying at the Tomping civilian protection site during his visit to South Sudan to push for a political settlement to the county’s months-long.

Overall in South Sudan, millions of people displaced by politically-motivated violence are hungry and hundreds of thousands are suffering from extremely high levels of malnutrition. With fighting disrupting the planting period and the rainy season now under-way, the situation is only going to get worse, the UN chief stressed.

“We will not eliminate extreme poverty or achieve sustainable development without adequate food and nutrition for all,” Mr. Ban said highlighting the importance of food security to the global agenda. “We cannot know peace or security if one in eight people are hungry.”

UN agencies and humanitarian partners, present at today’s meeting, have been working in South Sudan, as well as other protracted crisis situations, such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Syria.

Since December, WFP and partners have reached more than 502,000 people in South Sudan alone, according to April figures.

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`Syria Struggles to Buy Food in Quantities Needed to Feed the People as Suppliers Refuse to Supply Due to War ‘


#AceFoodNews – SYRIA – May 07 – War-torn Syria is struggling to buy food commodities in the quantities it needs, despite repeatedly issuing tenders for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sugar, rice and wheat, trade sources say.


World Food Program and Syrian Red Crescent personnel unload bags of humanitarian aid inside a warehouse in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. (File photo: Reuters)

The sources, who have knowledge of the country’s commercial food deals, said the country’s three-year civil war, which has claimed more than 150,000 lives and forced millions from their homes, is taking its toll, with large suppliers increasingly unwilling or unable to provide cargoes for the Syrian market.

“What we are seeing is a fragmentation of the business now.

Smaller, fly-by-night outfits and new companies connected with the Syrian government are more active.

This is not enough in terms of what the country needs to buy, and they cannot do the high-volume business to meet the demand,” a Middle East-based trade source said.

Reuters

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