Africa

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Kenyan closure of Dadaab refugee camp blocked by high court

by Staff BBC February 10, 2017

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was i...

The armyworm burrows into cobs (Photo: CABI)

Fall Armyworm ‘Threatens African Farmers’ Livelihoods’

by Helen Briggs BBC February 10, 2017

Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization plans emergency talks on the issue....

A malnourished baby has his temperature checked inside Medicine Sans Frontieres facility near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, file. (Photo: Radu Sigheti/Reuters)

Starvation looms for six million children in Horn of Africa, charity says

by Katy Migiro Reuters January 28, 2017

Hunger, malnutrition and death threaten 6.5 million children in the impoverished drylands of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya due to back-to-back droughts,  according to a statement by the charity Save the Children. Spring rains are also predicted to be ...

A farmer plants lettuce in Niger: many farmers in Africa are smallholders who don’t have access to technology that could raise their yields. (Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

For Africa’s farmers it’s government, not big business, that is key

by Oliver Balch The Guardian January 27, 2017

Africa’s agriculture sector is on the up, but African farmers still produce far less food per hectare than the world average. Panelists at a Guardian public debate agreed that government, not corporate, leadership is the critical input that agri...

Video: Soybean Innovation Lab SMART Farm Improves Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Africa

by Dan Boomgarden Agrilinks January 27, 2017

Watch how the Soybean Innovation Lab's SMART Farm is generating critical new data for increasing smallholder farmer yields....

Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa — one caused by drought, the other by war.

People are starving in East Africa — again — as the world looks away

by Robyn Dixon Los Angeles Times January 16, 2017

Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa -- one caused by drought, the other by war. Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, ...

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