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TV baker Tom Herbert and Bishop of Islington Rt Revd Ric Thorpe have teamed up with charity Tearfund to highlight the scale of food waste in the UK, revealing that the bread we throw away every month from our homes could fill St Paul’s Cathedral.
Relief and development agency Tearfund has called on the public to act now to curb Malawi’s hunger crisis and help millions facing similar situations. The warning comes as East Africa stands on the brink of famine, and one in nine people globally (795 million) are undernourished. Malawi is suffering a food crisis with 6.5million people struggling to survive - almost 40 per cent of the population.
Beginning on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday 1 March, Tearfund is calling on Christians in the UK to join in prayer to help the world’s poorest people to flourish and be resilient in the face of climate change. Christian relief and development agency Tearfund sees prayer as a powerful tool to launch and sustain the international Renew Our World campaign.
The UN has today formally declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, and the situation is set to worsen as food stocks become depleted. More than three years of conflict combined with the continued devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound, acute malnutrition, difficulties in transporting aid, and below average harvests, have brought about this scenario.
The tropical storm which hit Mozambique on Wednesday 15 February will have a long-term impact on thousands of families across the region, according to Tearfund. Tropical storm Dineo swept across the southern coast of the country, severely damaging 20,000 homes and displacing 140,000 people. Currently seven people have lost their lives as a result of the storm, with high winds and heavy rainfall destroying houses, schools, ripped up crops and forced thousands to flee their homes.
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