(Photo: Wikipedia)

Armyworm Influx Risks Worsening South Sudan Hunger, UN Says

by Okech Francis Bloomberg July 20, 2017

An invasion of fall armyworms may further damage South Sudanese farming, worsening shortages in the war-torn country where half the population is already facing hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization said....

A child holds a bowl of food given out during a food distribution in the drought-affected village of Bandarero, near Moyale town on the Ethiopian border, in northern Kenya, March 3, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Food Crises Getting Worse in Somalia, Kenya

by Sora Halake & Dan Joseph Voice of America July 12, 2017

Severe food crises are growing in Kenya and Somalia, as the Horn of Africa continues to receive below-normal rainfall, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The hunger-tracking group says 2.9 million people in Kenya and 3.2 million in Somalia are experiencing Phase 3 or higher on t...

Photo: G20 Logo via

At G20 summit, Trump pledges $639 million in aid to four countries

by Andrea Shalal Reuters July 10, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised $639 million in aid to feed people left starving because of drought and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. The new funding brings to over $1.8 billion aid promised by the United States for fiscal year 2017 for the crises in the four...

Adel Bol, 20, cradles as she her 10-month-old daughter Akir Mayen at a food distribution site in Malualkuel in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. (Photo: VOA)

US Congressional Leaders Look for Answers to Africa’s Food Insecurity

by Salem Solomonvo Voice of America June 27, 2017

“The bottom line and the biggest takeaway is that conflict is driving these famines,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey......

A child is checked for signs of malnutrition by a UNICEF health worker during a registration prior to a humanitarian food distribution carried out by the UN World Food Programme. (Photo: Siegfried Modola/REUTERS)

More South Sudanese go hungry but worst of famine eases: U.N.

by Denis Dumo and Tom Miles | Reuters June 25, 2017

More South Sudanese people are going hungry and 45,000 are still living in famine-like conditions even though South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine, a U.N.-backed food security report said on Wednesday. An estimated 6 million people, half the population, were expected to be in a "c...

Ader Ali Yusuf, center, a mother of 12 who was displaced from her village due to the ongoing drought in Ethiopia, sits among a group of women as an international delegation visits the Warder town of Ethiopia’s drought stricken area near the border with Somalia. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret )

Ethiopia warns emergency drought aid to run out next month

by Elias Meseret AP via Yahoo June 17, 2017

Ethiopia's government is warning it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month as the number of drought victims in the East African country has reached 7.8 million....

Photo: HBR

How Digital Technology Is Changing Farming in Africa

by Ndubuisi Ekekwe Harvard Business Review May 23, 2017

According to the FAO, the world population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050, and to feed that number of people, global food production will need to grow by 70%. For Africa, which is projected to be home to about 2 billion people by then, farm productivity must accelerate at a faster rate than the glob...

An armyworm caterpillar eating the kernels of a cob of corn. (Photo: Cabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis

by Richard Poplak The Guardian May 22, 2017

A plague of armyworms is marching across Africa, devastating crops, and claiming new territory at an alarming rate....

Rwanda Defence Force have been instrumental in the fight against the destructive fall armyworm. (Photo: NYT/File)

Experts call for multi-pronged approach to fight fall armyworm in Africa

by New York Times May 15, 2017

Scientists have called for quick, multi-institutional collaboration and coordinated action against the fall armyworm that has ravaged maize to avoid economic hardship for smallholders in the region and across Africa generally....

New Rebel Group Threatens to Intensify South Sudan’s War

by Nizar Manek Bloomberg May 15, 2017

A former general in South Sudan’s army said he commands a new rebel movement of at least 30,000 fighters that will seek to overthrow President Salva Kiir, threatening to deepen the three-year civil war in Africa’s newest nation...That could mean more bloodshed for a conflict that’s already cla...