Africa

The meal of dried bean leaves with a tomato prepared by 83-year-old Rosa Mastindi in Mbavari – the only crop she has been able to grow. Her grandson Success, 18, has had to drop out of school. They cannot afford cooking oil. Photograph: Lucy Lamble/The Guardian

It’s a disaster’: children bear brunt of southern Africa’s devastating drought

by Lucy Lamble The Guardian April 21, 2016

In southern Malawi and Zimbabwe, drought is overwhelming communities, forcing families to rely on meals of leaves and watermelon soup....

Boko Haram is losing, but so is food production

by Mbom Sixtus IRIN News March 11, 2016

Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram is finally swinging in the government’s favour, but it’s going to take much longer for food production to recover in the country’s northeast. The same is true in neighbouring Cameroon, which has also felt the impact of the violence....

Photo: Aida Muluneh/The Washington Post

Bananas, corn and beans facing a bleak future as staple African crops decline

by Sam Jones The Guardian March 7, 2016

Bananas, maize and beans could be among crops consigned to history in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with drastic consequences for people who rely on beans as a vital source of protein.Climate change will leave swaths of sub-Saharan Africa unable to produce staple crops such as maize, bananas and bean...

Photo: Justiça Ambiental

Mozambique’s movement to end land grabs

by Anabela Lemos Justiça Ambiental (Mozambique) March 1, 2016

To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local...

Photo: Erin Scronce/CGAP

Photo essay: Through the lens of a smallholder.The lives of farmers in Mozambique showing their challenges and successes.

by CGAP February 28, 2016

The world’s 500 million smallholder families face unique financial challenges that are complicated and poorly understood. For greater insight into the financial lives, behaviors and needs of these families, CGAP launched the Smallholder Households Financial Diaries project in mid-2014. Over the co...

Photo: Aida Muluneh/The Washington Post

History repeats itself in Ethiopia Ethiopia is in the midst of a devastating drought while donors have been distracted by crises in Syria and other pa...

by Paul Schemm Washington Post February 22, 2016

Ethiopia is in the grip of a devastating drought sparked by the worst El Niño in a generation, and aid agencies warn that food aid could run out as soon as May.Unlike in the past, the government and aid groups have kept food shipments flowing to areas ravaged by drought in recent months. But they n...

Measuring the cost of hunger in Africa’s emerging economies

by The Guardian February 17, 2016

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La Via Campesina, buiding a international movement for food and seed sovereignty: An interview with general coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu

by Simone Adler Simone Adler February 16, 2016

Crouching out of sight, awaiting a smuggler’s signal that it was safe to cross a road near Los Corazones. With increasing vigilance, Mexican authorities have cracked down on illegal migrants. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times...

Drought-stricken Zimbabwe declares state of disaster

by Farai Mutsaka Associated Press February 5, 2016

Ekai Lopeyak walks home carrying the body of one of his family’s goats, which he found dead outside the town of Kalokol on the western shore of Lake Turkana in November. Traditional pastoralists have turned to fishing in ever greater numbers in recent years as drought has decimated their herds of ...

How to see a famine before it starts The U.S. government can predict food insecurity before it occurs. But the warnings aren’t always heeded

by Robinson Meyer The Atlantic February 3, 2016

Thanks to El Niño, some parts of Ethiopia are currently facing the worst drought in 30 years. More than 10 million people in the country will likely need food aid this year. Over the weekend, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon implored the world to attend to this, one of its lesser-recognized ongoing...

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