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 issued last year....

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 poor....

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 agricultural sectors need to develop....

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....

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. ...

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