Africa

A pandemic-driven food crisis in Africa can be prevented

by Cedric Habiyaremye Al Jazeera April 20, 2020

African governments need to act now to ensure small-scale farming and food supply chains remain uninterrupted....

Liberians Say They Fear Hunger More Than COVID-19 as Police Violently Enforce Lockdown

by Democracy Now Democracy Now April 13, 2020

In Liberia, police in riot gear used truncheons and sticks to beat people who remained in the streets of the capital Monrovia Saturday as a lockdown for the city of 1 million people went into effect. Many residents said the threat of hunger far outstripped the threat of the coronavirus....

Desert Locust Plague in East Africa

by Ben Curtis, Josphat Kasire and Cara Anna Associated Press January 25, 2020

According to the cited article by the Associated Press, Kenya is experiencing the worst Desert Locust outbreak in the past 70 years. Ethiopia and Somalia are having the worst infestation since in the past 25 years. These attacks greatly affect food security in rural areas. ...

Fall Armyworm in Malawi

by Agence France Presse Agence France Presse January 23, 2020

The Fall Armyworm infestation in Malawi has damaged approximately 355,000 acres. The Fall Armyworm is the larval stage of a moth (Spodoptera frugiperda). It is a recent arrival in Africa arriving in 2016, most likely on imported produce from the Americas. This is especially troubling as the larvae e...

WFP Warns of ‘Unprecedented’ Food Emergency in Burkina Faso

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America August 18, 2019

The World Food Program warns that millions of people in Burkina Faso are facing what it calls an unprecedented humanitarian emergency because of growing hunger, instability and displacement....

Look beyond maize to ensure food security

by Margaret Chisanga Zambia Daily Mail August 18, 2019

HIVOS Zambia says a recent study indicates that Zambia’s food system is not delivering enough affordable nutritious food for most of the populace with maize dependency greatly contributing to problems of poverty, malnutrition, vulnerability to drought, pests and diseases....

“Nuestro Huerto / Our Garden (2012-2013)” by Matias Salinas Arenas is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Growing Food From Air in Nigeria

by Timothy Obiezu VOA News August 6, 2019

A group of farmers in Nigeria is using a technology-based method to grow crops from moisture in the air. The method, known as aeroponics, does not involve soil. Instead, plant roots hang in the air. The roots take in a nutrient solution from a watery mist....

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Whelan, former WHES board member

Agriculture, food security and livestock in southern Africa most vulnerable to climate hazards: FAO

by Kiran Pandey and Madhumita Paul Down To Earth July 30, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently flagged a set of climate hazards that debilitated southern Africa. The United Nation agency’s report marked out poor and erratic seasonal rainfall, mid-season dry spells and early cessation of rain, coupled with devastating cyclones....

Anglican Church of Kenya helps tackle food and plastic waste

by Lucy Cowpland Anglican Communion News Service June 23, 2019

The Anglican Church of Kenya has been tackling the issue of food security through its development wing, the Anglican Development Services (ADS). Food waste is a real problem in Kenya. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, growers lost over 1.9 million tonnes of food in 2017, worth $1...

Photo by Albert González Farran, UNAMID
Photo by Albert González Farran, UNAMID. Source: Flickr

Central African Republic Facing Acute Food Shortages

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America June 23, 2019

A new report finds nearly half of all people in the Central African Republic are suffering acute food shortages. The latest assessment by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, a joint effort by eight U.N. and International non-governmental organizations, finds more than 1.8 million peop...