Eritrea and North Korea are the world’s most censored countries, advocacy group says

by Rick Gladstone New York Times April 21, 2015

The impoverished African nation of Eritrea has the lowest rate of cellphone ownership in the world, less than 1 percent of its people can go online, and its journalists are so terrified of offending the president that even reporters for the state-run news media live in perpetual fear of arrest....

An unidentified woman from Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland Central Province at Manzou Farm packs her tobacco with the help of her children as they prepare to leave following an eviction order. “Land grabs in Africa have helped to perpetuate economic inequalities similar to the colonial era economic imbalances” – Terry Mutsvanga, Zimbabwean rights activist. Photo: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS

Land seizures speeding up, leaving Africans homeless and landless

by Jeffrey Moyo Inter Press Service April 8, 2015

There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people facing displacement by the affluent and the powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists here say....

The great land giveaway in Mozambique

by Timothy Wise Dollars and Sense March 30, 2015

Introduced myself to Luis Sitoe, economic adviser to Mozambique’s minister of agriculture, and explained that I’d spent the last two weeks in his country researching the ProSAVANA project, decried as the largest land grab in Africa. This ambitious Brazil-Japan-Mozambique development project was ...

After losing 29 relatives, Josephine Dolley took in six orphans and is determined to provide for them despite Liberia’s economic crisis. Dolley, left, speaks with one of her adopted children. Photo: W. Leaming/Washington Post

Ebola took away her family, home and job: Now she’s trying to start over

by Kevin Sieff Washington Post March 23, 2015

After losing 29 relatives, Josephine Dolley took in six orphans and is determined to provide for them despite Liberia’s economic crisis. Dolley, left, speaks with one of her adopted children. Photo: W. Leaming/Washington Post...

Taking stock: the circumference of the upper arm is a measure of malnutrition. Photo: Jason Patinkin/IRIN

Women and malnutrition – the case of South Sudan

by Jason Patinkin IRIN News March 18, 2015

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are the demographic group most at risk of malnutrition in South Sudan after children, making up some 12 percent of all those on supplementary feeding programmes....

Struggling to cope: IDPs in Maiduguri. Photo: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians

by Obinna Anyadike IRIN News March 4, 2015

The DTM report said 1,188,018 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states. A further 47,276 are sheltering further south in Plateau, Nasarawa, Kano, Kaduna, and the federal capital, Abuja. According to the report, 92 percent of the IDPs have been...

Orange-fleshed sweet potato is high in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. In sub-Saharan Africa most locally grown varieties are white-fleshed, hence no beta-carotene, and people, as yet, still prefer the white-fleshed varieties. Photograph: Felicity Cloake

Magic mash: reducing child malnutrition with sweet potatoes. A project to introduce orange-fleshed Vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes to sub-Saharan Africa...

by Ian Low The Guardian February 18, 2015

Bright orange sweet potato mash with a slab of butter melting slowly on top is a familiar sight on Thanksgiving feast tables across north America. Not only delicious, the vegetable is increasingly recognised as a nutritional powerhouse. The intense colour means there is lots of beta-carotene, which ...

Smallholder farmers in Africa are struggling with the effects of climate change. Photograph: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

Creating a fertile future for farmers in Africa. What are the most effective ways of encouraging the development of smallholder farming? Diversificati...

by Frederika Whitehead The Guardian February 13, 2015

More than half a billion Africans are smallholder farmers. In some countries they make up as much as 85% of the population. Even in Africa’s most urbanised countries that figure only drops to 55%....

A party political billboard along a Lagos highway. Nigeria’s crude oil exports are often mispriced, according to a new report. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Africa losing billions from fraud and tax avoidance. First African initiative to address illicit outflows says governments, multinationals and crime d...

by Mark Anderson The Guardian February 2, 2015

Africa is losing more than $50bn (£33bn) every year in illicit financial outflows as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the world’s poorest countries, impeding development projects and denying poor people access to crucia...

The Dominion Farms’ land grab in Nigeria

by Global Justice January 30, 2015

Farmers in Nigeria’s Taraba State are being forced off lands that they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The project is backed by the Nigerian government and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Afr...

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