8 Facts On Disasters, Hunger and Nutrition

Disasters disproportionately affect the world’s poorest people and communities, significantly increasing hunger and malnutrition. Hunger and malnutrition increase people’s exposure to risk.  Because of this, disaster risk reduction is a central priority for the World Food Programme. WFP will be participating at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai Japan, March 14-18th. 

Here are some key facts on the link between disasters and hunger.

1. More than 80 percent of the world’s most food-insecure people live in countries prone to natural disasters with high levels of environmental degradation.

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2. Almost 10 percent of the world’s population (980 million people) live on less than US$1.25 a day in rural areas where they depend on agriculture and face increasing disaster risk.

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3. By 2050 hunger and child malnutrition could increase by up to 20 percent as a result of climate-related disasters.

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4. More than 20 percent of variation in height in developing countries is determined by environmental factors, particularly drought. 

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5. Studies from Bangladesh show increased wasting and stunting rates among preschool children after floods, due to reduced access to food, increased difficulties in providing proper care and greater exposure to contaminants.

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6. In the Philippines over the last two decades, 15 times as many infants have died in the 24 months following typhoon events as died in the typhoons themselves; most of them were infant girls.

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7. Drought has severe impacts on dietary diversity and reduces overall food consumption In Niger, irrespective of the birth location, children born during a drought are more than twice as likely to be malnourished between the ages of 1 and 2.

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8. Hunger cannot be eliminated in our lifetime without building the resilience of vulnerable people to increasing disaster risk and climate change.

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Press Releases: March 05 – Thursday

SECRETARY JOHN KERRY

Secretary Kerry is on travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and London, United Kingdom. He is accompanied by Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson, Deputy Chief of Staff Jon Finer, Spokesperson Jen Psaki, and Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, JCS. Please click ‎here for more information.

9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry attends Session I with Gulf Cooperation Council Foreign Ministers, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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10:35 a.m. Secretary Kerry attends Session II with Gulf Cooperation Council Foreign Ministers, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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12:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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2:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry attends a working lunch with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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3:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry holds a press availability with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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3:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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DEPUTY SECRETARY ANTONY BLINKEN

Deputy Secretary Blinken is on travel to France, Moldova, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ukraine through March 7. Please click here for more information.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY R. SHERMAN

Under Secretary Sherman is on travel to Montreaux, Switzerland for discussions with Iranian officials, in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. Please click here for more information

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER

Under Secretary Gottemoeller is on travel to the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand from February 27 through March 9. Please click here for more information.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND NONPROLIFERATION TOM COUNTRYMAN

Assistant Secretary Countryman is on travel to Qatar, Germany, and the United Kingdom from March 2 through March 6 for Non-Proliferation Treaty and G-7 Nonproliferation Directors Group (NPDG) meetings. Please click here for more information.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS CHARLES RIVKIN

Assistant Secretary Rivkin is on travel to Tunis, Tunisia through March 6. Please click here for more information.

9:00 a.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends the first plenary session of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference, in Tunis, Tunisia. Please click here for more information.

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11:00 a.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends the second plenary session of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference, in Tunis, Tunisia. Please click here for more information.

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12:00 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin meets with Tunisian Minister of Finance Slim Chaker, in Tunis, Tunisia.

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1:00 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends a lunch hosted by the Aspen Institute with former Secretary Madeleine K. Albright and U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush, in Tunis, Tunisia.

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2:15 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends the Tunisia Credit Guarantee Facility signing ceremony, in Tunis, Tunisia.

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3:00 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin meets with Tunisian Minister of Investment, Development and International Cooperation Yassine Brahim and Minister of Commerce Ridha Lahouel, in Tunis, Tunisia.

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5:30 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends the closing session of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference featuring remarks by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, in Tunis, Tunisia. Please click here for more information.

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7:00 p.m. LOCAL Assistant Secretary Rivkin attends a gala dinner in honor of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference, in Tunis, Tunisia.

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AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE STEPHEN RAPP

Ambassador Rapp is on travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in meetings on international justice issues.

Disaster Resilience Journal (IFRC)

Natural disasters affect hundreds of millions each year. Survivors must often adapt to new environments, rebuild families and livelihoods, and recover physically and psychologically amid trauma, loss and instability. Yet, among the horrors of natural disasters are inspiring stories of survival, strength and resilience.

As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of disaster risk reduction (DRR), the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is running a joint digital campaign with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC).

The Disaster Resilience Journal brings the stories of individuals and communities from around the world who have survived and prepared for disasters. Featuring videos, photos, interviews, games, quizzes, and social media interactions; the Journal releases a fresh item every day – each associated with a general theme around risk reduction.

Personal stories range from: safer shelters built in Haiti and the Philippines, through how terracing can prevent soil erosion in Rwanda, to the benefits of carrying out evacuation drills in Bangladesh and planting vegetable gardens in Mauritania’s desert.

2014 Peabody Award winners Mike Robbins and Elaine Sheldon have collaborated to create the Journal, with support from 12 European Red Cross societies and their federation. The Journal will tell stories from 24 different countries and will be available in 11 European languages. 

Voices of Children (UNICEF)

In the last year alone, millions of children couldn’t go to school, play with friends, get treatment for illness, or have a safe drink of water because of natural disaster or man-made crisis. At any given moment, UNICEF, with the support of the EU, is actively responding to dozens of emergencies around the world that put children in grave danger. But this is only possible if children’s stories are known.

On 15 May 2014, the EU and UNICEF launched the ‘Voices of Children in Emergencies‘ campaign, a joint initiative aimed at sharing the stories of children living through natural disasters, food crises and armed conflicts. These stories were shared through social and media networks of participating UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors as they lend their voices to the children by telling their stories. The campaign has a special focus on children in Jordan, Chad and the Philippines, where joint efforts through the EU-UNICEF partnership helped to bring relief in emergency situations The campaign was rolled out across Europe with local versions for: GreeceIrelandItalyPolandSlovenia, and Spain

So far, the campaign reached 143 million people, across various media, including TV, press, web sites and social media.

Each of us can make a difference. Share the children’s stories. Help them raise their voices.

Good-will ambassadors’ public statement announcements (PSA)

Good-will ambassadors’ field visits

Children’s videos

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Press Releases: Under Secretary Gottemoeller Travels to the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand

Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will travel to Manila, Quang Tri province, Hanoi, Canberra, Sydney, and Wellington for meetings with counterparts from February 27–March 9.

From February 27–March 1, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will visit the Philippines, meeting in Manila with senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of National Defense officials to discuss regional security, bilateral security cooperation, maritime security, and the upcoming Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon). On February 28, the Under Secretary will visit Subic Naval Station and tour the Philippines Navy Frigate BRP 15 Gregorio del Pilar.

On March 1–2, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will travel to Quang Tri Province in Vietnam to observe U.S.-funded efforts to survey and clear Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) of war. She will also meet with provincial level authorities and non-governmental organizations.

On March 3, the Under Secretary will travel to Hanoi to discuss the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relationship during the 20th anniversary of normalized relations, as well as regional security, security cooperation, maritime security, and the upcoming NPT RevCon with her Vietnamese counterparts.

From March 4–5, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will meet with counterparts from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Defence to discuss U.S.-Australia defense cooperation, regional security, and other international security topics in Canberra. On March 5, she will also deliver the Robert O’Neill Lecture at the Australian National University. The title of the remarks is “Stemming the Nuclear Tide: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at 45.”

On March 6, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will deliver remarks at the University of Sydney on “The Role of the United States in Asia-Pacific Security.”

On March 9, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will meet with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry of Defence officials to discuss international security issues in Wellington, New Zealand. The Under Secretary will speak with area students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and she will also deliver remarks on the NPT RevCon at the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA).

For updates, follow Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller on Twitter: @Gottemoeller.

For more information on the Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, visit www.state.gov/t.