Africa

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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

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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...

Climate change could devastate Africa. It’s already hurting this Kenyan town.

by Abigail Higgins Washington Post January 30, 2016

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...

Mphathe, kneeling bottom row on right, with women of Dzomo la Mupo. Photo courtesy of Mphathe Makauleles

African women organize to reclaim agriculture against corporate takeover (from an interview with Mphatheleini Makaulele)

by Simon Adler and Beverly Bell Other Worlds January 6, 2016

The real role of women is in the seed. It is the women who harvest, select, store, and plant seeds. Our seeds come from our mothers and our grandmothers. To us, the seed is the symbol of the continuity of life. Seed is not just about the crops. Seed is about the soil, about the water, and about the ...

Inside Eritrea: Conscription and poverty drive exodus from secretive African state

by David Smith The Guardian December 23, 2015

Russom, whose name has been changed here for his own protection, was giving a rare account of a military bootcamp in Eritrea, one of Africa’s most secretive totalitarian states. It forms part of a compulsory “national service” for young men and women, an indefinite purgatory that robs them of ...

Around 80 percent of South Sudan’s working-age youth are unemployed or underemployed, and many have joined the conflict. Loyola-Marymount University’s professor of African Studies, Jok Madut Jok.explains: “Why do all these unemployed youths flock to the conflict? They join because they have nothing to lose because corruption has not allowed resources to trickle down” to create jobs for them and give them a future, he told IRIN. Photo: Jason Patinkin/IRIN

Fueled by corruption, South Sudan war enters its third year

by Karin Zeitvogel IRIN News December 17, 2015

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Weak agricultural finance, drought feed malnutrition in Zimbabwe

by Ignatius Banda Inter Press Service December 15, 2015

Around 80 percent of South Sudan’s working-age youth are unemployed or underemployed, and many have joined the conflict. Loyola-Marymount University’s professor of African Studies, Jok Madut Jok.explains: “Why do all these unemployed youths flock to the conflict? They join because they have no...