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


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)


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....


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 ...


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)


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."...

May 10, 2017
Mark Green, president of the IRI (Photo: Mark Green/Twitter)

United States

Trump to nominate Mark Green as USAID administrator

by Michael Igoe Devex

Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Mark Green, a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania and president of the International Republican Institute, to be the next administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Wednesday....

May 10, 2017
Vendors and wives of fishermen waiting for boats to return to Joal, Senegal (Photo: Sergey Ponomarev/NYT)


China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

by Andrew Jacobs The New York Times

Overfishing is depleting oceans across the globe, with 90 percent of the world’s fisheries fully exploited or facing collapse, according to the FAO...unsustainable fishing practices threaten the well-being of millions of people in the developing wo...

May 9, 2017
A vegetable farm. A reality TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, targets youth (Photo: File/Nation Media Group)


TV show to promote farming as ‘cool’ for youth

by Maryanne Gicobi The East African

Four young farmers, two each from Kenya and Tanzania, are part of the first agriculture reality TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, where participants will battle it out for a $10,000 prize. The show is an endeavour to change the perception of farming am...

Agriculture & Nutrition

Venezuela Is Starving

May 7, 2017 by Juan Forero The Wall Street Journal

Once Latin America’s richest country, Venezuela can no longer feed its people, hobbled by the nationalization of farms as well as price and currency controls....

May 4, 2017
Young girls line up at a feeding center in Mogadishu, Somalia, March 9, 2017. (Photo: Tobin Jones/UN)


Op Ed-More than Malnutrition: Famine as Social Crisis

by Alex de Waal Global Observatory/International Peace Institute

Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at Tuft University's Fletcher School, discusses the history of declaring famines in this opinion editorial....

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