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Half a day’s work to buy bananas; how COVID has sent food prices through the roof

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Thought the cost of groceries in Australia had climbed during COVID? Well, we still are the ‘lucky country’, compared to places like Syria, east Africa or Myanmar, where the cost of food has soared by more than 50 per cent since the pandemic began. That’s the finding of a new World Vision report which has found food prices have not only hit a 10-year high during COVID, but that the biggest rises are hitting the world’s poorest the hardest. World Vision’s Price Shocks report compared the cost of a basket of 10 staple items in 31 countries and found Australians would have to work an average of one hour to pay for the 10 items, while people in Syria would have to work three days and in South Sudan eight days.

Food cuts in South Sudan a ‘devastating blow’: World Vision

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The World Food Programme has had to suspend food assistance for 106,000 displaced people in South Sudan.

Refugees excluded from COVID-19 vaccine rollout: World Vision report

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Hunger is becoming a major concern for refugees, with 77 per cent unable to meet food needs during the global pandemic, a snapshot by World Vision has found. A new report by the international aid agency also warns that refugees and internally displaced people - who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 - are the lowest priority group for vaccinations. The High Risk- Low Priority paper says that COVID-19 is now surging in poorer countries which are ill-equipped to contain the virus, but have access to just three per cent of global vaccine doses. These countries host over forty million of the world’s forcibly displaced people, who as a result, are being left out of the extremely limited vaccination campaigns that host countries can deliver.

‘One of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world’: World Vision statement in response to Goma evacuations

Friday, May 28, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of people are evacuating the city of Goma during amass exodus in fear due to the ongoing threat of the nearby Mount Nyiragongo volcano. A worsening series of tremors has terrified people over the last few days. The governor of the province has now ordered the evacuation of people from the city, warning that lava had been detected under Goma and nearby Lake Kivu. The fear is that tremors could lead to a fresh eruption of the volcano – that last erupted on Saturday night - or even set off a chain reaction leading to the release of large amounts of poisonous methane gas from the lake alongside the city. If that happens the gas could prove deadly.

New hunger report: ‘Tens of thousands could die’ without urgent action, 155 million at crisis level

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Tens of thousands of people could die of hunger in the coming months a new report reveals

How climate change is hitting the world’s most vulnerable the hardest

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Climate-related disasters could wipe out decades of development progress, World Vision has warned, and urged world leaders to act

World Vision joins global push to fight hunger crisis

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

More than 200 NGOs have published an open letter calling on all governments to urgently increase aid to stop more than 34 million people, from being pushed to the brink of starvation this year

‘An invisible crisis’: Seven million people at risk of starvation in East Africa

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

More than seven million people across six countries in East Africa are on the brink of starvation.

UN chief warns millions may die of hunger: Why Australia must step up to help

Friday, March 12, 2021

Fresh warnings of hunger emergencies in multiple countries highlights the urgency for Australia to show leadership supporting the millions of people on the brink of famine according to World Vision Australia. The United Nations secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned overnight that three dozen countries are one step away from a declaration of famine, amid reports that pockets of Yemen have also stepped back to the edge of famine.