The Dominion Farms’ land grab in Nigeria

by Global Justice January 30, 2015

Farmers in Nigeria’s Taraba State are being forced off lands that they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The project is backed by the Nigerian government and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Afr...

Women mourn at the funeral for Dinka Chala, a schoolteacher who family members said was shot to death by military forces during a protest in Holonkomi in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. Photo: © Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Ethiopia confronts its worst ethnic violence in years as government tries to take away community lands

by Washington Post January 14, 2015

WENCHI, Ethi­o­pia - The cows Ethiopia confronts its worst ethnic violence in years as government tries to take away community lands...

Government soldiers not yet ready to tackle the Simbas. Photo: © Guy Oliver/IRIN

Congo’s forgotten war: The militia of Mambasa

by IRIN News January 8, 2015

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Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries. Photo: Katy Thiam/OCHA Niger

Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa region

by IRIN News December 12, 2014

The September-November harvest season has been favourable across Niger except in Diffa, where food insecurity is a concern especially for displaced and poor families. “The real problem in the long-run is food insecurity,” said Karl Steinacker, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Niger representative. ...

Arms and the African: the continent’s armies are going on a spending spre

by The Economist November 22, 2014

THE north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok is spared little. Earlier this year fighters from the extremist group, Boko Haram, abducted more than 200 local schoolgirls. In the past week insurgents and government troops have traded possession of urban districts and surrounding farmland, leaving much of...

South Sudan food crisis—in 60 seconds

by BBC News October 30, 2014

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Congo’s plan to lease land to investors was developed after an earlier initiative to support small-scale farmers failed. A government project to provide seeds and equipment such as new hoes and machetes wasn’t sustainable because it depended on limited public funds. The farmers also didn’t have the capacity to store and process their produce, or transport it to market. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Congo seeks investors for farmland bigger than France

by Simon Clark Wall Street Journal October 28, 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to lease farmland covering an area larger than France in an attempt to attract capital and technology capable of boosting jobs and food productivity in one of the world’s poorest countries....

Ebola hits West African food security

by IRIN News October 20, 2014

West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutriti...

Ebola outbreak: Famine approaches – bringing a fresh nightmare to West Africa

by Sam Masters The Independent October 16, 2014

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