UN asks oil-rich states in Gulf to aid starving Malawi
Jan Egeland, the UN relief co-ordinator, said Malawi was in desperate need of $88m (£48m) in aid after suffering its worst harvest for a decade. His claims were backed by the aid agency Oxfam, which said that up to 10 million people in southern Africa could face food shortages after the rains failed.
Ten days after the UN pleaded for funds, Mr Egeland told reporters: "We have received zero pledges for this appeal."
Malawi produced only 1.3 million tons of maize this year, although 2.1 million tons is needed to stave off famine. Oxfam began to distribute food in the hardest-hit areas this week, but says it needs much more.
Several hundred thousand people in neighbouring Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland will also not have enough food over the next six months unless help is provided quickly. The crisis is expected to peak between November and February as food runs out.
HIV/Aids has exacerbated the problem, because many farmers who caught the virus have been unable to work their lands. Southern Africa has some of the world's highest rates of HIV infection, with more than 30 per cent of the adult population believed to be HIV-positive, and aid agencies have said any funding would have to deal with the underlying economic and social causes of famine.
Mr Egeland asked the oil-producing countries to set aside some of the profits they have made from high oil prices to help the areas affected.
He said: "There are many countries in the Gulf and elsewhere who have received an enormous windfall from these oil prices. We can save a life for a $1 a day."
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Feminist quotes to inspire you on the International Women's Day
Oscar Pistorius trial first week: Never mind a media scrum – murder case becomes bizarre safari following the tracks of a wounded lion
International Women’s Day: 'When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch' - feminist quotes from female icons to inspire you
Malaysia Airlines plane: Oil slick is first sign that missing flight crashed into sea killing up to 239 on board
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists
- 2 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...