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Arms and the African: the continent's armies are going on a spending spree The Economist November 22, 2014

Picture of  Congo rural town. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Congo’s plan to lease land to investors was developed after an earlier initiative to support small-scale farmers failed. A government project to provide seeds and equipment such as new hoes and machetes wasn’t sustainable because it depended on limited public funds. The farmers also didn’t have the capacity to store and process their produce, or transport it to market. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Congo seeks investors for farmland bigger than France Simon Clark Wall Street Journal October 28, 2014  Also see Read it and weep: The Congo is leasing 25 percent of its land to investors from other countries (opinion) Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes November 30, 2014 See Hunger Notes special report Trade and Hunger

South Sudan food crisis—in 60 seconds BBC News October 30, 2014

Ebola hits West African food security IRIN News October 20,2014 Ebola outbreak: Famine approaches – bringing a fresh nightmare to West Africa Sam Masters The Independent October 16, 2014 

When US targets foreign leaders for corruption, recovering loot Is a challenge. Deal with Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue for mansion, Michael Jackson statues gets government less than half of what it sought. James V. GrimaldWall Street Journal October 10, 2014 See Hunger Notes special report: Harmful economic systems: obtaining income

James Hamilton, chief gravedigger at King Tom cemetary in Freetown, sits by a tree with his spade.  Photo: Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

James Hamilton, chief gravedigger at King Tom cemetary in Freetown, said of burying Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, “We will need much more space.” The Ebola epidemic is spreading rapidly in Sierra Leone’s densely packed capital — and it may already be far worse than the authorities acknowledge. Photo: Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

Out of control: How the world's health organizations failed to stop the Ebola disaster Lena H. Sun, Brady Dennis, Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach Washington Post October 4, 2014. Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million within 4 months, CDC estimates Denise Grady New York Times September 23, 2014 With Ebola crippling the health system, Liberians die of routine medical problems Lenny Bernstein Washington Post September 20, 2014 Ebola is taking a second toll, on economies Adam Nossiter New York Times September 5, 2014  See more nutrition and health stories

 A farmer standing in his field  in the village of Mabalane in Lesotho’s Hoek District. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

 A farmer in the village of Mabalane in Lesotho’s Hoek District. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

How to boost food production in Africa: Smallholder farmers are struggling to adapt to rising temperatures and erratic rains and need better help from governments than they have been getting IRIN News September 15, 2014  See the full report See more development assistance stories See more environment and hunger stories

Mary Wanjiru is a farmer from Nyeri County in central Kenya.  Photo: Miriam Gahtigah/IPS<

Mary Wanjiru is a farmer from Nyeri County in central Kenya. Experts say that Africa's extensive land subdivision is emerging as a significant threat to food security. Photo: Miriam Gahtigah/IPS

Africa's dividing farmlands a threat to food security Miriam Gathigah Inter Press Service September 10, 2014

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa Craig Whitlock Washington Post September 1, 2014 Military footprints in the Sahara (graphic) Washington Post September 1, 2014 U.S. carries out counter-terrorism strike in Somalia Craig Whitlock Washington Post September 1, 2014 See Hunger Notes special report on foreign aid

Makeshift refugee camps in Sudan. Photo: James Sprankle/Washington Post

To South Sudan’s woes, add famine—50,000 children at risk of death Ty McCormick Washington Post August 24, 2014

A child snacks in her family’s new shelter, at Protection of Civilians (POC) camp III, near UN House, in Juba. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A child snacks in her family’s new shelter, at Protection of Civilians (POC) camp III, near UN House, in Juba. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudanese children starving while aid falling short Julia Hotz Inter Press Service July 15, 2014

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa: Funding shortfall has resulted in 50 percent cuts to food aid rations for one-third of African refugees—a large increase in number of refugees accounts for the shortfall IRIN News July 7, 2014

Four Niger women carrying food in baskets atop their heads.  Photograph: IFAD/David Rose

These unique food banks are helping the most vulnerable families in Niger. Photograph: IFAD/David Rose

Gallery: female-run cereal banks help families facing food crisis in Niger. Community food banks in Niger - run exclusively by women—are reducing the impact of the food crisis on local communities Charlotte Seager Guardian Professional June 26, 2014

Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands. Education has helped small farmers become more efficient, but wheat yields are still a third below the world’s average. With more than a third of Ethiopians malnourished, the government is courting industrial farms to help close the gap. Photo: Robin Hammond/National Geographic

Africa: The next breadbasket? Joel K Bourne, Jr National Geographic June 2014  See Hunger Notes special report: Harmful economic systems: obtaining income

Lat Padang, a soldier with the opposition army in South Sudan, with a patch over his eye, at a hospital in Bentiu after being wounded in battle.  Photo:  Lynsey Addario/ New York Times

Wounds of War: Lat Padang, a soldier with the opposition army in South Sudan who says he is 18, at a hospital in Bentiu after being wounded in battle.  Photo:  Lynsey Addario/New York Times

In South Sudan, a ghost of wars past: Child soldiers Isma’il Kushkush New York Times June 9, 2014 Fear and trauma prevent displaced South Sudanese from returning home IRIN News June 12, 2014

Internally displaced people wait to register for food distribution at a camp at the base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in Bentiu, South Sudan.  Photo:Lynsey Addario/New York Times

Internally displaced people wait to register for food distribution at a camp at the base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in Bentiu, South Sudan. Five months of civil war in South Sudan have led to the death of thousands and the displacement of more than one million people. Photo: Lynsey Addario/New York Times  

Food crisis worsens in South Sudan as conflict is displacing millions Isma'il Kushush New York Times May 19, 2014  See slide show

Nigerian Islamist leader threatens to sell kidnapped girls Adam Nossiter New York Times May 5, 2014  Real threat in a known market for children Rick Gladstone New York Times May 7, 2014 US officials question ability of Nigeria to rescue hostages due to military incapablity as the result of corruption Eric Schmitt and Brian Knowlton New York Times May 15, 2014 Also see What is Boko Haram and whence did it arise? Gary K Busch Pambazuka News May 15, 2014

Children waiting for food at a refugee camp.  Photo: UNHCR/F.Noy

According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “dangerous levels of malnutrition threaten a quarter of a million children in South Sudan, and unless they are reached with treatment, up to 50,000 children under age five could die.” Photo: UNHCR/F.Noy

South Sudan children in the firing line IRIN News April 25, 2014

Woman sitting on hospital clinic bed with her malnourished child in the Central African Republic, where conflict has been widespread. Photo: Nicholas Long/IRIN

Trauma compounds the effects of extreme poverty, adding to the risk of malnutrition. Photo: Nicholas Long/IRIN

Trauma related to extreme violence worsens malnutrition in Central African Republic IRIN News April 23, 2014 Root of the CAR conflict is a legacy of poverty, not religious warfare Manon Verchot Global Post April 23, 2014

Eritrean refugee. Photo: Sasha Kimel / Flickr

Eritrean refugee. Photo: Sasha Kimel / Flickr

Eritrean refugees at risk: Eritrean refugees face human trafficking, exploitation, and hostility throughout North Africa and the Sahel  Dan Connell Foreign Policy In Focus and The Nation April 10, 2014

Senegalese forces train with US Marines. Photo: US Marine Corps/Flickr

Senegalese forces train with US Marines. The US military is now conducting exercises and operations with virtually every African military. Photo: US Marine Corps/Flickr

AFRICOM goes to war on the sly: An AFRICOM official says the US has been "at war" in Africa for over two years Nick Turse TomDispatch/Foreign Policy in Focus  April 15, 2014 See Hunger Notes special report on foreign assistance

 

A South Sudanese woman ground grain from the World Food Program on Wednesday in western Ethiopia, where close to 90,000 South Sudanese have fled. Photo: Zacharias Abubeker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

South Sudan urgently needs help to stave off famine, UN warns Nick Cumming-Bruce New York Times April 3, 2014 At quiet rebel base, plotting an assult against South Sudan's oil fields Jacey Fortin New York Times April 3, 2014  Q&A: South Sudan clashes BBC News January 7, 2014 See also Saving South Sudan: A bitter schism between two men threatens millions of people Washington Post April 9, 2014

Man in Ugandan demonstration holding up poster that says "No to the Ugandan illegal anti-homosexuality bill." Photo: Kaytee Riek/Flickr

Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda IRIN News April 2, 2014 Ugandan police raid US-financed health project in what appeared to be the first public action to enforce a new anti-homosexuality law Associated Press New York Times April 5, 2014 See more development assistance stories. See more nutrition and health stories Also see Funding for 10,000 childen lost in 2 days as a result of World Vision's decision to allow hiring of married gay people Matthew Paul Turner April 3, 2014

Woman, with child, sweeping floor.  Photo: Washington Post

Religious leaders in Senegal stymie birth control: In the majority-Muslim society, many men have multiple wives and large numbers of children. Religious leaders, who wield great influence, reject family planning as interfering with the divine order, and family planning advocates are under suspicion because of foreign funding.  Photo: Washington Post

Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders Allyn Gaestel Washington Post March 15, 2014 See more nutrition and health stories

Oil money, and where it flows: The movie ‘Big Men’ looks at Ghanaian oil discovery Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times March 13, 2014 See the section Obtaining income of Hunger Notes special report on Harmful economic systems

Woman farmer standing in front of her destroyed house in Bessan, a village in northwest CAR, which suffered considerable destruction at the hands of Seleka rebels. Photo: Nicholas Long/IRIN

Bessan, a village in northwest CAR, suffered considerable destruction at the hands of Seleka rebels. Photo: Nicholas Long/IRIN

UN issues new warnings on Central African Republic Nick Cumming-Bruce New York Times April 3, 2014  With the main harvest season just weeks away, Central African Republic farmers struggle to recover from devastation IRIN News March 12, 2014 New IRIN film: Bangui’s ghettos IRIN News March 13, 2014

Ndeye Diagne seated, with her children. “ Always my children are hungry." Photo: Jennifer Lazuta/IRIN

Finding enough food for the children is very difficult,” said Ndeye Diagne. “ Always my children are hungry." Photo: Jennifer Lazuta/IRIN

An alarming outlook for Senegal’s hungry. The number of food insecure in the Sahel is expected to grow from 11.3 million in 2013 to more than 20 million in 2014. IRIN News March 12, 2014

Woman tilling field in Swaziland. Increasingly erratic weather has seen maize production decline steeply over the last decade. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

Increasingly erratic weather has seen maize production decline steeply over the last decade. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

Swaziland's dry spell upends sunny outlook on food  IRIN News March 3, 2014 Under chronic stress, Niger farmers are losing ground IRIN News March 3, 2014 Unravelling Zimbabwe's "food crisis"  IRIN News March 4, 2014

Ugandan soldiers preparing to hunt for warlord Joesph Koney in September, 2013.  Photo: Washington Post

On the hunt for Joseph Kony: Obama has ordered an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to Uganda to find warlord Joseph Kony. Pictured is a photo from the hunt in September. Kony, whose forces have spent years attacking central African villages, mutilating civilians and stealing children, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court. Photo: Washington Post

US sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord Karen DeYoung Washington Post March 23, 2014 US takes training role in Africa as threats grow and budgets shrink Eric Schmitt New York Times March 5, 2014   See Hunger Notes special report on foreign aid

Niger's "remarkable" progress in reducing child deaths IRIN News February 27, 2014

Children in Namibia eat a meal made from products sourced from their field. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

Home-grown solutions are cheap and effective: Children in Namibia eat a meal made from products sourced from their field. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

Call for shakeup in Africa nutrition research IRIN News February 24, 2014 See more nutrition and health stories

South Sudan: 'One of the most dangerous places to give birth'  (video)  BBC News February 25, 2014 See more nutrition and health stories

Nigerians ask why oil funds are missing Adam Nossiter New York Times March 10, 2014 Governor of Nigeria's central bank is fired after warning of billions in missing oil revenue Adam Nossiter New York Times February 20, 2014 See HN special report Harmful economic systems: Obtaining income

Africa's billions that the poor won't touch Jeffrey Moyo and Miriam Gathigah The Guardian January 17, 2014

Fisherman unload their boat on the beach.  Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN

Small-scale fishermen are battling a range of issues to make ends meet. Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN

Mozambique’s small-scale fishermen battle illegal fishing practices, invasive species IRIN News January 23, 2014

Photo of Swazi woman farmer leaning on her hoe. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN   

Half of Swazis surveyed considered their economic situation "very bad." The survey reveals a chasm between the daily struggles faced by most Swazis and the ability of government to address persistently high unemployment, chronic food insecurity and poor service delivery. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN  

A large majority of people in Swaziland go to bed hungry and blame their government for failing to address their food needs IRIN News January 3, 2014 See Afrobarometer Swaziland survey (31 page PDF file)

Zimbabwe: Food assistance needed to stave off hunger crisis, officials say Associated Press New York Times January 3, 2014

West African livilihoods weakened by graft IRIN News January 3, 2014 See HN special report: Harmful economic systems: obtaining income

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