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

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, meanwhile, are expected to place even more burden on already strained food and nutrition security. Currently, close to 12 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of food assistance.

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/460996/icode/

Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a hedge against potential disasters that could wipe out varieties of crop seeds, causing hunger.  The vault today houses more than half a billion seeds representing 881,473 unique varieties of plants used to feed people. The seeds come from the existing seed banks in 233 countries, and they are insurance against the loss of an irreplaceable crop to something as unexciting as a budget crisis in a poor country (or a rich one) to, yes, a cataclysmic nuclear war.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/dispelling-myths-around-the-arctic-circles-famed-doomsday-seed-vault/2016/12/19/65d68c00-c228-11e6-9578-0054287507db_story.html?utm_term=.7384838378be

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

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, when the vast majority of the LGA’s remaining population was concentrated in Bama Town and Banki Town. Analysis indicates that at least 2,000 Famine-related deaths may have occurred in Bama LGA between January and September, many of them young children”

http://www.fews.net/west-africa/nigeria/special-report/december-13-2016?utm_source=FEWS+NET+Daily+Digest&utm_campaign=7d40c678fb-Famine+likely+occurred+in+NE+Nigeria&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02ee344349-7d40c678fb-95461881

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Student-led initiatives aim to promote agriculture on U.S. campuses

Across the United States, students are developing initiatives to promote agriculture and increase access to healthy food on campus.  There are different types of initiatives, including student farms, gardens, food cooperatives, food justice programs, food access programs, food waste programs, and food education programs. These initiatives encourage students to learn about sustainable agriculture. They also improve access to healthy food for students and people in the community. Check out these student-led agriculture initiatives from across the U.S.

10 Student-led Initiatives Aiming to Promote Agriculture on U.S. Campuses

 

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

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.

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

Listen: Food Insecurity-a cause and consequence of conflict

In a world where conflict affects so many communities, it is important to recognize the connection between food insecurity and social unrest. Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was brought to Rome by U.S. Mission to the United Nations as the keynote speaker at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 13th Annual George McGovern Lecture. She highlighted the connection between conflict areas and food insecurity in her speech entitled, “Examining Linkages: The Nexus between Food Insecurity and Political Instability.”

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/12/01/food_insecurity_a_cause_and_consequence_of_conflict/1276098

Dial ‘N’ for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About m-Nutrition, m-Agriculture and m-Development

Mobile phone technology has the potential to initiate behavior change and facilitate the long-term maintenance of new behaviors. This paper reviews the existing m-agri and m-health interventions. The purpose of this review is to assist would-be implementers and evaluators to understand the landscape they are operating in so they can design nutrition and agriculture interventions that stand the greatest chance of working.

http://www.ids.ac.uk/publication/dial-n-for-nutrition-a-landscape-analysis-of-what-we-know-about-m-nutrition-m-agriculture-and-m-development