Africa

New Assessment Finds that 1.6 million Households are Food Insecure in Liberia

by George Harris Liberian Daily Observer October 13, 2020

A recent assessment of Liberia’s food security status, dubbed “Liberia Food Security Assessment,” finds that 1.6 million households in the country go to bed without any meal in a day. Three percent of the 1.3 million households, according to the assessment, are severely food insecure and 38 pe...

Burkina Faso Faces Acute Food Security Crisis During Pandemic

by Joint Press Release, FAO/WFP Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program August 24, 2020

In a recent analysis of the food security situation by the United Nations, it was reported on 21 August that 3.3 million people will experience acute food insecurity in Burkina Faso this current "lean season", a 50% rise since March of this year. ...

Podcast: Why the energy and food nexus is critical in refugee context

by Susan Onyango World Agroforestry Center August 12, 2020

The World Agroforestry Center presents a podcast which highlights the importance of working with both refugees and their host communities to ensure best practices are deployed to produce food and cooking energy sustainably in the landscape....

Pandemics, Crisis and Hunger: An Interview with Dr. Ron Waldman Part 1

by June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020        Hunger Notes editors Peter Morris and Steve Hansch interviewed pandemic expert Dr. Ron Waldman (RW), Professor of Global Health at George Washington School of Public Health and long-time point person for international health in emergenci...

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....