U.N. Agencies Warn Of Food Shortages In Ebola-Hit Nations; WFP Needs $70M To Feed 1.3M

News outlets report on U.N. warnings that the Ebola outbreak is threatening food security in affected countries.

Agence France-Presse: ‘Grave concerns’ over food shortages in Ebola-hit nations: U.N.
“The United Nations warned on Tuesday of ‘grave food security concerns’ in the West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak as the deadly epidemic caused labor shortages and disrupted cross-border trade…” (Taggart, 9/2).

Associated Press: U.N. warns food prices rising in Ebola-hit countries
“Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won’t be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned Tuesday…” (9/2).

Bloomberg News: U.N. Food Agency’s Ebola Response Faces Funding Shortage
“The United Nations food agency said inadequate supplies are snarling its efforts to feed 1.3 million people in Ebola-stricken Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia…” (Smialek, 8/29).

Reuters: Ebola threatens food security in West Africa: FAO
“The world’s worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, warning the problem would intensify in coming months…” (Binnie, 9/2).

Reuters: WFP says it needs $70 million to feed 1.3 million people in Ebola quarantine
“The World Food Programme needs to raise $70 million to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa, with the agency’s resources already stretched by several major humanitarian crises, its regional director said…” (Flynn, 8/30).