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May 24, 2017
South Sudan has declared famine in parts of the country, saying a million people are on the brink of starvation (Photo: AFP)

United States

Trump commits $300 million to fight Africa famine

AFP via Daily Mail

US President Donald Trump told Pope Francis on Wednesday he was committing more than $300 million (270 million euros) to help prevent or tackle famine in Yemen and several countries in Africa....

May 24, 2017
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

Global

Ethiopia’s Tedros to be next leader of UN health agency

by Jamey Keaten AND Maria Cheng AP via ABC

Africa, where viruses such as HIV, Ebola and Zika emerged, has its first chief of the U.N. health agency. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health, was elected Tuesday as the next director-general of the World Health Organiz...

United States

225 Top Business Leaders Tell Secretary Tillerson: State Department Budget Matters for U.S. Jobs

May 24, 2017 USGLC

Leaders from Coca-Cola, Land O’Lakes, General Electric, Cargill, UPS, Walmart and Hundreds More from Across the Country Call for Strong Resources for State Department and USAID....

United States

US budget chief explains deep foreign aid cuts

May 24, 2017 by Michael Igoe Devex

As the U.S. aid community braces for Tuesday’s release of the White House budget proposal, budget director Mick Mulvaney offered some insight into why the Trump administration sees fit to slash foreign aid spending....

May 23, 2017
Photo: HBR

Africa

How Digital Technology Is Changing Farming in Africa

by Ndubuisi Ekekwe Harvard Business Review

According to the FAO, the world population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050, and to feed that number of people, global food production will need to grow by 70%. For Africa, which is projected to be home to about 2 billion people by then, farm productiv...

May 22, 2017
An armyworm caterpillar eating the kernels of a cob of corn. (Photo: Cabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa

Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis

by Richard Poplak The Guardian

A plague of armyworms is marching across Africa, devastating crops, and claiming new territory at an alarming rate....

May 15, 2017
Rwanda Defence Force have been instrumental in the fight against the destructive fall armyworm. (Photo: NYT/File)

Africa

Experts call for multi-pronged approach to fight fall armyworm in Africa

New York Times

Scientists have called for quick, multi-institutional collaboration and coordinated action against the fall armyworm that has ravaged maize to avoid economic hardship for smallholders in the region and across Africa generally....

Africa

New Rebel Group Threatens to Intensify South Sudan’s War

May 15, 2017 by Nizar Manek Bloomberg

A former general in South Sudan’s army said he commands a new rebel movement of at least 30,000 fighters that will seek to overthrow President Salva Kiir, threatening to deepen the three-year civil war in Africa’s newest nation...That could mean ...

Africa

Somalia pledging conference opens as famine looms

May 15, 2017 by Molly Anders Devex

Aid groups report that a third famine warning is “on its way” to Somalia — a crucial turning point for response, they say — as governments from across East Africa and key partner countries meet for the Somalia Pledging Conference in London, U...

May 11, 2017
(Photo: University of California)

Global

Food waste is the world’s dumbest environmental problem

by Andy Murdock Vox

"Just under 7 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from food waste worldwide...This buzz is leading to new, innovative food waste solutions that can help address both hunger and global warming at the same time."...

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