UN CALLING ASIA: Iraq faces serious food security concerns due to conflict

UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

Iraq is facing serious food security concerns following the recent escalation of conflict in the country, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has warned.

Over one million people have fled their homes in the last six months disrupting the harvesting of wheat and barley crops. In total, two million Iraqis are now displaced within the country including those affected by previous conflicts.

Shukri Ahmed is a Senior Economist with FAO in Rome. Sandra Ferrari began by asking him about the current harvest period.

Losing Ground in Thailand

Noeri, an indigenous woman from Thailand. (UN in Action video capture)

Indigenous people in Thailand are fighting for access to ancestral lands in an attempt to preserve their culture and ensure a future for their children.

There are over one million indigenous people who live in the hills of northern and western Thailand. Much of the land in those regions is now off-limits following a decision by the government to create protected areas.

This report by Pat Duffy begins with the story of No-Aeri an indigenous leader who's fighting for her land and the very survival of her people.

Opium cultivation, markets for amphetamines on rise in Asia

Opium poppies. UN Photo/NJ

There's been an increase in Asian markets for the illegal drug, crystal meth, as well as a rise in opium cultivation, a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has found.

The World Drug Report 2014 notes that seizures of crystal meth, short for methamphetamine, reached 8.8 tons, the highest level in the past five years.

As for opium, Afghanistan remains the world's leading producer and cultivator of the drug while Myanmar comes in second.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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