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A Syrian Kurdish boy from Mile Village, Kobani. Photo: FAO (file)

FAO appeals for US$121 million to support livelihoods in Syria

Approximately 9.8 million people in Syria need assistance to prevent food insecurity as the conflict continues in the country, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The agency this week presented an appeal for US$121 million at the Third International Pledging Conference on Syria, which took place in Kuwait City.

FAO says the assistance is urgently needed to strengthen agricultural production in communities across Syria as well as in neighbouring countries.

Abdessalam Ould Ahmed is the Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for FAO, based at the Regional Office for the Near East in Cairo.

He spoke with Sandra Ferrari about the crisis in Syria and the region, and how FAO plans to help the people in need.

Families affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam are forced to prepare their meals outdoors. Photo: WFP/Victoria Cavanagh

Vanuatu urgently needs help to recover from cyclone destruction

Vanuatu urgently needs assistance to recover from the destruction that was caused by Cyclone Pam, according to a UN official.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubrani, visited Tafea Province, one of the hardest hit provinces in the South Pacific islands.

She has warned that a secondary emergency could hit Vanuatu unless more humanitarian lifesaving supplies are delivered in the coming months.

On the line from Suva, the capital of Fiji, I spoke with Ms Lubrani about what she saw in Vanuatu.

Suneeta Dhar. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Silence broken over violence against women in India

The silence has been broken in India over the issue of violence against women, but much more needs to be done to promote gender equality; that's according to the director of a women's rights organization in the country.

Suneeta Dhar is the Director of Jagori, a group based in New Delhi which is empowering rural and urban women in India to speak out against violence.

Ms Dhar has been working on gender issues for 30 years and attended the landmark Beijing conference in 1995.

The declaration signed there by the international community is considered as the most progressive blueprint ever agreed for advancing women's rights.

Daniel Dickinson began by asking her what positive changes she has seen in India.

Presenter: Ana Carmo
Production Assistant : Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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