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UN says 821m people hungry globally in 2017

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The UN says 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017.

According to a report “The State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World”, put together by UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme, the number of people suffering from hunger has increased during the past three years.

The UN also said nearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have their growth stunted by poor nutrition.

The authors say extreme climate events are partly to blame for the rise and call for urgent global action.

The UN agencies also said that conflicts, economic downturns and climate-related events such as droughts and floods are to blame for the negative trend.

According to the UN agencies, global hunger numbers fell steadily from 926 million in 2005 to 795 million in 2010,

In terms of percentages, the share of the global population facing chronic food shortages has fallen from just under 15 per cent in 2000 to a low of 10.6 per cent in 2015, and has increased to 11 per cent in 2016.

The UN agencies blamed violent conflicts, climate-related shocks – such as the El Nino and La Nina weather phenomena – and slowing economic growth, for “sharply” worsening food security in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, south-eastern Asia and western Asia.

South Sudan, where a famine was declared in early 2017, and north-east Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen – which have been classified as at high risk of famine – were singled out as areas of particular concern.

They said it is “not yet clear’’ whether the increase in hunger rates is a blip or the beginning of a new trend, but it anyway “poses a significant challenge for international commitments to end hunger by 2030.”

FAO Director-General, Jose Silva was cautiously optimistic, noting that in 2017 El Nino or La Nina might not repeat themselves, the global economy was doing better and “progress” was evident in conflict zones like South Sudan and Syria.

“We believe that the huge impact of conflicts [on world hunger figures] will be over next year,” he said.

In pure numbers, most of the world’s hungry people – 520 million – live in Asia.

But in relative terms, the hunger crisis is worse in Africa, where 20 per cent of the population – 243 million people – is affected.

This, according to the UN, rises to 33.9 per cent in eastern Africa.

Among children under 5, 155 million are too short for their age, 52 million are too skinny for their age and 41 million are overweight, the report found.

Obesity was said to be on the rise everywhere, affecting 641 million people, or 13 per cent of world’s adults.

(dpa/NAN)

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Yahaya Bello’s aide, two others assassinated in Kogi

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The custodian of Aneku Okuku masquerade, Mr. Yusuf Adabenege, in Okene town, Kogi State has been assassinated by unidentified gunmen.

Adabenege was reportedly killed alongside two of his aides while driving on Obehira-ege road in Okene.

Adabenege was at the forefront of drumming support for the reelection bid of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and also the custodian of Aneku Okuku Cementi masquerade of Obehira.

He was also a Personal Assistant to the Governor on Domestic Matters until his death.

It was learnt that late Adabenege was ambushed at the front of Living Faith Church, Okuha Anatahu Okene Obehira road around 6:40pm on Friday when a hand grenade was thrown at his convoy forcing the vehicle to stop abruptly.

He was said to have been dragged down from the vehicle and killed using a hand grenade that hit him on the head.

The gunmen also fired at his vehicle which resulted in the death of his driver identified as Musa immediately.

Following his death, security operatives were drafted in to man strategic positions around the city.

The state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who addressed the people of Ebiraland on Saturday morning on TAO FM  mourned the death of Adabenege.

He condoled with the people of Ebira, vowing that he would work with the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.

 

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Barack Obama presents Flowers to wife, Michelle as he visits her book talk

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Michelle Obama got a surprise appearance at her book talk in Washington D.C. on Saturday night when her husband, former President Barack Obama came out with a bouquet of flowers.

The crowd went wild when Obama, dressed casually in a jacket with no tie, walked out with pink roses for his wife.

‘You won’t get this at every show,’ Michelle Obama told the cheering crowd at the packed Capital One Arena.

‘This is like when Jay Z comes out,’ the former president joked, comparing himself to when the rapper came out during wife Beyonce’s music tours.

The former president who came out the tale end of his wife’s 90 minute talk, discussed how the couple met at the Chicago law firm of Sidney & Austin, where she was his mentor.

‘She’s really tall and most of it is legs,’ he said of his first impression of her.

His wife chided him: ‘Children are here.’

The former president then kept his story kid-friendly. ‘She was much cuter than I expected and very tall,’ he said.

He recalled she didn’t want to date him because they worked together so he offered to quit his job.

‘So basically I wore her down,’ he said.

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SAD: Early Morning Inferno Kill 5 People In Kebbi

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Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

The incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims bungalow.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told the man of the family, was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited (WACCOT) staff, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day.

“His wife was in the house with her three children: two daughters and a boy as well as a neighbour’s daugther who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had finished.

“The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping in the night, especially during the harmattan season.

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