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, and in South Sudan, conflict has made it difficult...

Residents of an IDP camp in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo receive food rations distributed by WFP. Photo: WFP
Residents of an IDP camp in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo receive food rations distributed by WFP. Photo: WFP

The Grinch’s not-so-festive guide to food ration cuts

by Obi Anyadike IRIN December 30, 2016

It’s been a hard year for the most vulnerable among us. This is partly due to tightening aid budgets, but it’s also the result of there simply being so many more people in crisis who need help. See full report at...

Farmers in the Horn of Africa need urgent support to recover from consecutive lost harvests and to keep their breeding livestock healthy and productive at a time that pastures are the driest in years. Photo: FAO News.

With continued drought, Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season

by FAO News December 21, 2016

Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, FAO warned today. Growing numbers of refugees in East Africa, m...

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A Famine likely occurred in Northeast Nigeria and may be ongoing in inaccessible areas of Borno State

by Special Report FEWSNET December 13, 2016

Key Messages:  In Nigeria, a famine "likely occurred in Bama and Banki towns during 2016...although this conclusion cannot be fully verified, a preponderance of the available evidence, including a representative mortality survey, suggests that Famine (IPC Phase 5) occurred in Bama LGA during 2016,...

Photo: Zimbabweland

Farmer-led irrigation in Africa: Driving a new Green Revolution?

by Ian Scoones Zimbabweland December 10, 2016

A new open access review paper is just out in the Journal of Peasant Studies on farmer-led irrigation in Africa.  The paper offers a fantastically useful overview of the debate about what form of irrigation is most likely to support increases in smallholder production and livelihoods in Africa. ...

Photo: Steve Cockburn/Amnesty International
Gambia celebrates. The coalition’s popularity was no surprise. Its two weeks of electoral campaigning had culminated in youthful and energised crowds packing streets for several kilometres in the rallies held in the urban coastal areas. Photo: Steve Cockburn/Amnesty International

The challenge of building “New Gambia”

by Louise Hunt IRIN December 9, 2016

Last Friday, the unbelievable happened in Gambia: after 22 years of autocratic rule, Yahya Jammeh peacefully conceded defeat in a historic presidential election. By Monday, 19 political prisoners, including former opposition leader Ousainou Darboe, had been released from jail. ...

Map of Gambia Credit: CIA
Map of Gambia Credit: CIA

Gambia’s president, in power 22 years, loses election

by Jaime Yaya Barry and Dionne Searcey New York Times December 9, 2016

BANJUL, Gambia — Yahya Jammeh, the president of ...

A gay man with HIV stands in a clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. With the government’s crackdown on the gay community, the man has been afraid to pick up his medicine for two weeks, in spite of the risks to his health. Photo: © Kevin Sieff/The Washington Post

Tanzania suspends U.S.-funded AIDS programs in a new crackdown on gays

by Kevin Seiff Washington Post November 29, 2016

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — East African nations have launched some of the world’s most vicious campaigns against gay men and women, outlawing same-sex liaisons and threatening punishments of years in jail. But in a move that has alarmed health workers, Tanzania is turning its anti-homo­sexual fu...

A suspected oil thief is pulled out of a crane in Elechi Beach. Photo: Magnus Boding Hansen/IRIN
A suspected oil thief is pulled out of a crane in Elechi Beach. Photo:  ©  Magnus Boding Hansen/IRIN

Can $10 billion end Nigeria’s century-long oil war?

by Magnus Boding Hansen IRIN November 23, 2016

Militant groups are fighting for a greater share of Niger Delta's vast oil wealth.   See full story at

Grazing on the outskirts of Kibera, a Nairobi slum. Photo: Andrew Renneisen / The New York Times
Grazing on the outskirts of Kibera, a Nairobi slum. As the city’s population swells, fences go up, big roads chop the wilderness into smaller pieces, rural turns suburban and suburban turns urban. Photo:  ©   Andrew Renneisen / The New York Times  Also see video.

As grasslands dwindle, Kenya’s shepherds seek urban pastures

by Jeffrey Gettleman New York Times November 21, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya — Allan Lemayian is what you would call an urban shepherd. He goes where the green grass grows. It doesn’t matter if that grass grows along a four-lane highway or in front of a Shell station or o...

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