Africa

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Growing Food From Air in Nigeria

by Timothy Obiezu VOA News August 6, 2019

A group of farmers in Nigeria is using a technology-based method to grow crops from moisture in the air. The method, known as aeroponics, does not involve soil. Instead, plant roots hang in the air. The roots take in a nutrient solution from a watery mist....

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Agriculture, food security and livestock in southern Africa most vulnerable to climate hazards: FAO

by Kiran Pandey and Madhumita Paul Down To Earth July 30, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently flagged a set of climate hazards that debilitated southern Africa. The United Nation agency’s report marked out poor and erratic seasonal rainfall, mid-season dry spells and early cessation of rain, coupled with devastating cyclones....

Anglican Church of Kenya helps tackle food and plastic waste

by Lucy Cowpland Anglican Communion News Service June 23, 2019

The Anglican Church of Kenya has been tackling the issue of food security through its development wing, the Anglican Development Services (ADS). Food waste is a real problem in Kenya. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, growers lost over 1.9 million tonnes of food in 2017, worth $1...

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Photo by Albert González Farran, UNAMID. Source: Flickr

Central African Republic Facing Acute Food Shortages

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America June 23, 2019

A new report finds nearly half of all people in the Central African Republic are suffering acute food shortages. The latest assessment by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, a joint effort by eight U.N. and International non-governmental organizations, finds more than 1.8 million peop...

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One South Sudanese community’s triumph in reversing malnutrition

by FAO FAO June 14, 2019

FAO is helping women in South Sudan grow diverse diets that fight malnutrition....

Nearly half of all child deaths in Africa stem from hunger, study shows

by Saeed Kamali Dehghan The Guardian June 11, 2019

One in three African children are stunted and hunger accounts for almost half of all child deaths across the continent, an Addis Ababa-based thinktank has warned....

Kenya faces one of the worst drought in 38 years

by Gerald Andae Business Daily Africa April 30, 2019

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) says the rains have already failed and even if it rains now, farmers will not make any meaningful return from their farms because the planting season is already over. The agency has warned that about 541,309 children unde...

Report Launch: Building a Big Tent for Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia

by CSIS April 25, 2019

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been widely hailed for his promises to open political space, usher in economic liberalization, and remake the country’s poor record on human rights. However, to truly transform his country, Dr. Abiy must first transform agriculture, which is the nucleus of t...

Southern Africa: 1.6 Million Children Still Need Urgent Assistance After Cyclone Idai

by Jerry Chifamba All Africa April 20, 2019

Just over a month after Cyclone Idai tore through Southern Africa bringing devastating floods, UNICEF says the needs in Mozambique remain massive, with 1 million children in need of assistance, followed by more than 443,000 in Malawi and 130,000 in Zimbabwe....

All hands on deck: Halting the vicious circle of stunting in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Emmanuel Skoufias The World Bank April 16, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world with a growing number of children under the age of five who have stunted growth, meaning they are too short for their age. Although the number of children affected by stunting globally has decreased drastically since 1990, Africa is the only region...