Archive for April, 2008

International Federation launches new five-year food security strategy in Africa focussing on long-term investments

11th April 2008 Uncategorized

Investing in long-term food security projects in Africa is key in fighting some of the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as it launches a new five-year strategy to scale up food security programmes in 15 African countries. The new plan, announced today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be financed through an appeal for 45 million Swiss francs (US$ 43.5 million / € 28.5 million) over the next five years. The funds will be used to assist some 2.25 million people, or nearly half a million families. (more…)

Extreme dry weather worsens food situation in Zimbabwe Bleak prospects for the upcoming harvest

11th April 2008 Uncategorized

Rome, 10 April 2008 – Extreme dry weather in several provinces of Zimbabwe is likely to cause serious damage to the main 2008 maize harvest, FAO warned today. This could aggravate an already precarious food security situation in the country. (more…)

UNICEF welcomes signing of the Children’s Act into Law; calls for budgetary allocations and improved sectoral cooperation to ensure better delivery of services to children

9th April 2008 Uncategorized

Cape Town, 8 April 2008 – UNICEF today welcomed the signing of the Children’s Amendment Act by the President of the Republic of South Africa, calling it a major step in improving the protective environment for the country’s children. (more…)

Swaziland commits to national action against child labour

9th April 2008 Uncategorized

MANZINI, Swaziland (1 April 2008) – Swaziland’s national plan to tackle child labour was endorsed today (Tuesday April 1) by the country’s Programme Advisory Committee on Child Labour, with strong backing from the Acting Minister for Enterprise and Employment, Mr Matiti Fakudze, and the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Mr Njabulo Mabuza. (more…)

World Health Day 2008

7th April 2008 Uncategorized

Increases in global average air and sea temperature, ice melting and rising global sea levels all help us understand and prepare for the coming challenges. As this being the major topic in the world, the theme for this year was “ Protecting Health from the Climate Change.” (more…)