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OPINION: To avert a COVID-triggered famine, our global food systems need to change - Ban Ki-moon

It has taken only a few weeks for this pandemic to expose the glaring weaknesses and inequalities of our global food system. The United Nations World Food Programme has  raised the alarm : more than a quarter of a billion people face the threat of starvation this year as a result of the multiple impacts of COVID-19, civil wars, crop failure and climate change. We have the resources, but do we have the political will to avert this looming catastrophe? COVID-19 is accelerating the risk of a global hunger pandemic in two ways. With government-imposed lockdowns still in place, poor and unemployed families are running out of money to buy food, even where it is still available. Compounding their plight, the closure of schools is  depriving 370 million children  of their principal, and sometimes only, daily meal. The virus has also severely disrupted the global trade in food. In Africa, where many borders have been closed, freight lines have been unable to move food, leaving stocks rotting in

In a Victory for Women in Sudan, Female Genital Mutilation Is Outlawed - The New York Times

A new law criminalizes genital cutting, a harmful practice that nine in 10 Sudanese women are said to have endured. But some warned laws alone cannot eliminate the practice.   CAIRO — Sudan’s new government has outlawed the practice of female genital mutilation, a move hailed as a major victory by women’s rights campaigners in a country where the often dangerous practice is widespread.   The United Nations estimates that nearly nine in 10 Sudanese women have been subjected to the most invasive form of the practice, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia and leads to health and sexual problems that can be fatal.   Now, anyone in Sudan who performs female genital mutilation faces a possible three-year prison term and a fine under an amendment to Sudan’s criminal code approved last week by the country’s transitional government, which came to power only last year following the ouster of longtime dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir.   “This is a massiv