Africa

Struggling to cope: IDPs in Maiduguri. Photo: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians

by Obinna Anyadike IRIN News March 4, 2015

The DTM report said 1,188,018 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states. A further 47,276 are sheltering further south in Plateau, Nasarawa, Kano, Kaduna, and the federal capital, Abuja. According to the report, 92 percent of the IDPs have been...

Orange-fleshed sweet potato is high in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. In sub-Saharan Africa most locally grown varieties are white-fleshed, hence no beta-carotene, and people, as yet, still prefer the white-fleshed varieties. Photograph: Felicity Cloake

Magic mash: reducing child malnutrition with sweet potatoes. A project to introduce orange-fleshed Vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes to sub-Saharan Africa...

by Ian Low The Guardian February 18, 2015

Bright orange sweet potato mash with a slab of butter melting slowly on top is a familiar sight on Thanksgiving feast tables across north America. Not only delicious, the vegetable is increasingly recognised as a nutritional powerhouse. The intense colour means there is lots of beta-carotene, which ...

Smallholder farmers in Africa are struggling with the effects of climate change. Photograph: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

Creating a fertile future for farmers in Africa. What are the most effective ways of encouraging the development of smallholder farming? Diversificati...

by Frederika Whitehead The Guardian February 13, 2015

More than half a billion Africans are smallholder farmers. In some countries they make up as much as 85% of the population. Even in Africa’s most urbanised countries that figure only drops to 55%....

A party political billboard along a Lagos highway. Nigeria’s crude oil exports are often mispriced, according to a new report. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Africa losing billions from fraud and tax avoidance. First African initiative to address illicit outflows says governments, multinationals and crime d...

by Mark Anderson The Guardian February 2, 2015

Africa is losing more than $50bn (£33bn) every year in illicit financial outflows as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the world’s poorest countries, impeding development projects and denying poor people access to crucia...

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

MAMBASA, 8 January 2016 (IRIN) - In spite of the death more than a year ago of key commander Paul Sadala Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the of type and scrambled...

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...

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