Africa

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 May 22, 2017

A plague of armyworms is marching across Africa, devastating crops, and claiming new territory at an alarming rate....

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

by New York Times May 15, 2017

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

by Nizar Manek Bloomberg May 15, 2017

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 more bloodshed for a conflict that’s already cla...

Somalia pledging conference opens as famine looms

by Molly Anders Devex May 15, 2017

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, United Kingdom, on 11 May....

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 May 10, 2017

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 world who depend on the sea for income and food....

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 May 9, 2017

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 among Kenyan and Tanzanian youth in an effort to mak...

Samiya Abdi , a member of Fight The Famine Toronto, says many in her group have never been to Somalia, but want to prevent a looming humanitarian disaster. (Photo: Samiya Abdi/Aspire2lead)

Children of Somali diaspora in Canada come together to fend off famine

by Philip Lee-Shanok CBC News May 2, 2017

A new generation of young Somali-Canadians is looking to raise both money and awareness of the looming disaster in their parents' homeland — and hope the international community will act before it's too late....

Drought is killing thousands of animals in Marsabit, in northern Kenya. The programme could bring crucial relief to thousands of families on the brink of hunger. (Photo: Sophie Eastaugh)

Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought

by Sophie Eastaugh The Guardian May 1, 2017

Innovative insurance scheme gives a lifeline to vulnerable pastoralists, as three years of poor rains kill thousands of livestock across northern Kenya....

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Fall armyworm spreads to East Africa

by FAO Report April 26, 2017

As millions of east African farmers seek to recover from a devastating drought, they face a new threat – the fall armyworm. The pest has been recently detected in Kenya and is suspected to have entered the country from Uganda. It is also known to be present in Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda. ...

Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

by Abdi Guled Washington Post via AP April 23, 2017

Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday....

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