Somalia pledging conference opens as famine looms

by Molly Anders Devex May 15, 2017

Aid groups report that a third famine warning is “on its way” to Somalia — a crucial turning point for response, they say — as governments from across East Africa and key partner countries meet for the Somalia Pledging Conference in London, United Kingdom, on 11 May....

Vendors and wives of fishermen waiting for boats to return to Joal, Senegal (Photo: Sergey Ponomarev/NYT)

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

by Andrew Jacobs The New York Times May 10, 2017

Overfishing is depleting oceans across the globe, with 90 percent of the world’s fisheries fully exploited or facing collapse, according to the FAO...unsustainable fishing practices threaten the well-being of millions of people in the developing world who depend on the sea for income and food....

A vegetable farm. A reality TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, targets youth (Photo: File/Nation Media Group)

TV show to promote farming as ‘cool’ for youth

by Maryanne Gicobi The East African May 9, 2017

Four young farmers, two each from Kenya and Tanzania, are part of the first agriculture reality TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, where participants will battle it out for a $10,000 prize. The show is an endeavour to change the perception of farming among Kenyan and Tanzanian youth in an effort to mak...

Samiya Abdi , a member of Fight The Famine Toronto, says many in her group have never been to Somalia, but want to prevent a looming humanitarian disaster. (Photo: Samiya Abdi/Aspire2lead)

Children of Somali diaspora in Canada come together to fend off famine

by Philip Lee-Shanok CBC News May 2, 2017

A new generation of young Somali-Canadians is looking to raise both money and awareness of the looming disaster in their parents' homeland — and hope the international community will act before it's too late....

Drought is killing thousands of animals in Marsabit, in northern Kenya. The programme could bring crucial relief to thousands of families on the brink of hunger. (Photo: Sophie Eastaugh)

Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought

by Sophie Eastaugh The Guardian May 1, 2017

Innovative insurance scheme gives a lifeline to vulnerable pastoralists, as three years of poor rains kill thousands of livestock across northern Kenya....

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Fall armyworm spreads to East Africa

by FAO Report April 26, 2017

As millions of east African farmers seek to recover from a devastating drought, they face a new threat – the fall armyworm. The pest has been recently detected in Kenya and is suspected to have entered the country from Uganda. It is also known to be present in Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda. ...

Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

by Abdi Guled Washington Post via AP April 23, 2017

Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday....

Al Hadji Dalla, a 25-year-old Nigerian refugee living in Minawao, in the extreme north of Cameroon, collects water from a hole in a dry riverbed. He fled Nigeria four years ago and has been collecting water here every day for the last two years. (Photo: Chris De Bode/British Red Cross)

How Boko Haram Spreads Hunger Beyond Nigeria’s Boarders

by Lucy Westcott Newsweek April 12, 2017

The Lake Chad Basin region—which straddles areas of northeastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, southern Niger and western Chad—is facing a hunger crisis....

A fruit vendor waits to sell his goods outside a bank in central Harare, Zimbabwe December 19, 2016. (Photo:/Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters)

U.N. food agency launches $250 million Zimbabwe plan to end hunger

by Reuters MacDonald Dzirutwe April 10, 2017

The UN World Food Programme on Monday pledged $253 million to fund a five-year plan to end hunger in Zimbabwe, which is emerging from a devastating drought that left more than 4 million people in need of food aid last year....

Measles and malnutrition combine in a deadly synergy. In this isolation ward at the MSF hospital in Monguno, doctors treat about 60 children a week. (Photo: Andrew Esiebo/AP)

Hunger amplifies infectious diseases for millions fleeing the violence of Boko Haram

by Leslie Roberts Science April 6, 2017

Already a huge and chronic problem in Nigeria, malaria soars during conflict and natural disasters....