Africa

Photo: UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende, and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama attend a press conference at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in Oslo, Norway, Feb. 24, 2017. [courtesy Voice of America]

Hunger, Death Stalk Millions in Forgotten Lake Chad Basin

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America June 10, 2018

The Lake Chad Basin is into the ninth year of a humanitarian crisis that does not appear to be easing. The United Nations is asking the international community to help millions of refugees and displaced people in Africa's Lake Chad Basin. The Boko Haram insurgency is mainly responsible for a crisis ...

Ghana launches nationwide census on agriculture

by Xinhua Xinhua News June 10, 2018

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently launched the census of agriculture to gather reliable data to inform national policy interventions in the development of agriculture in the country. Ghana last held a census of agriculture some 33 years ago and hopes that the 2018 data collecti...

Fishermen in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, bring in the evening’s catch. (Marc Herman/GlobalPost Investigations)

Overfished: In Senegal, empty nets lead to hunger and violence

by Meaghan Beatley and Sam Edwards PRI May 31, 2018

Senegal is a dramatic example of a trend playing out across the world, in which 90 percent of fisheries are fully fished or facing collapse, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ...

In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger

by Kassie Bracken The New York Times May 30, 2018

The Times went to South Sudan to document the extent of hunger as food grew scarce. This year is expected to be the worst yet, as millions potentially face acute malnutrition....

Photo: Refugees from South Sudan jostle for food ration at Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana District, May 17, 2012. [Kenya Star]

Hunger, food insecurity plague the lives of millions in Africa

by Moody Awori & Siddharth Chatterjee Kenya Star May 28, 2018

Moody Awori, former Vice President of the Republic of Kenya, and Siddharth Chatterjee, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya, argue that Kenya's development agenda correctly identifies food security as a major pathway for improving the conditions of a majority of Kenyans....

Photo:  Internally displaced children with severe acute malnutrition wait to receive medical attention at a hospital in Kasai-Oriental province, DRC.  [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]

Hundreds of thousands of children close to dying of hunger in Congo, UN warns

by Karen McVeigh The Guardian May 12, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of children in a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo face imminent death from hunger, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, warned on Friday. Without urgent humanitarian assistance, said the agency, child fatalities in the Kasai region – which erupted in violence ...

Photo: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Gatdin Bol, 65, who fled fighting and now survives by eating fruit from the trees, sits under a tree in the town of Kandak, South Sudan. Five years into South Sudan’s civil war more than seven million people are facing severe hunger without food aid, according to the latest analysis by the U.N. and the government. [Sam Mednick/Associated Press]

‘I can go days without eating’: Hunger rises in South Sudan

by Sam Mednick Associated Press May 6, 2018

Five years into South Sudan’s civil war more than 7 million people are facing severe hunger without food aid, according to the latest analysis by the U.N. and the government. Aid workers warn that a recent surge in fighting could once again plunge thousands of people into famine....

Photo courtesy The Standard

Wasted labour: Kenyan Farmers lost over Sh150 billion

by Dominic Omondi The Standard May 1, 2018

In 2017, Kenya Shilling 150 billion worth of food went to waste, tossed out or left to rot, a report that tries to track food waste has said. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), farmers lost earnings as they struggled to manage, store, and transport their produce to the mark...

Photo: Kenyan farmers sorting maize [courtesy The Standard]

How market-based agriculture affects homes’ food security

by Emmanuel Atamba The Standard May 1, 2018

Small-scale farmers contribute about 70 per cent to the national food basket, yet the average maize farmer in Kenya is a net buyer – able to grow enough to supply themselves for seven to nine months in a year, and the rest of the time they must buy from the market. However, the market system is no...

Photo: Liberian journalists learning about reporting on food security and nutrition from the World Food Programme communications officers [Front Page Africa Online]

WFP Conducts Training For Liberian Journalists in Food and Nutrition Security

by Gerald C. Koinyeneh Front Page Africa Online April 24, 2018

The World Food Programme hosted a group of Liberian journalists at a two-day training in food and nutrition security reporting on Tuesday recently in Monrovia. The participating journalists, drawn mainly from the print, electronic and web-based media outlets, were drilled through the steps in report...

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