Ebola is taking a second toll, on economies

by Adam Nossiter New York Times September 5, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Airlines have canceled their flights to the countries most affected. Prices of staple goods are going up, and food supplies are dwindling. Border posts are being closed, foreign workers are going home and national growth rates are projected to plummet....

U.S. carries out counter-terrorism strike in Somalia

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post September 1, 2014

The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful....

Military footprints in the Sahara (graphic)

by Washington Post September 1, 2014

The United States and France are expanding their military presence in West Africa with a complementary network of small bases to support counterterrorism missions and drone flights. Read related article....

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post September 1, 2014

The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara. After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from th...

To South Sudan’s woes, add famine—50,000 children at risk of death

by Ty McCormick Washington Post August 24, 2014

MALAKAL, South Sudan — Nyarony Choing is as old as South Sudan. And like the world’s newest nation, she has been to hell and back before her fourth birthday. When civil war broke out eight months ago in Juba, the capital, Nyarony’s mother fled with her three children, winding up in a refug...

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa: Funding shortfall has resulted in 50 percent cuts to food aid rations for one-third of African...

by IRIN News July 7, 2014

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly fo...

A child snacks in her family’s new shelter, at Protection of Civilians (POC) camp III, near UN House, in Juba. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudanese children starving while aid falling short

by Julia Hotz Inter Press Service July 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 15 2014 (IPS) - Even as aid workers are warning that children in South Sudan are falling victim to mass malnutrition, international agencies are said to be missing their fundraising goals to avert a looming famine in the country. On Monday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the inte...

Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands. Education has helped small farmers become more efficient, but wheat yields are still a third below the world’s average. With more than a third of Ethiopians malnourished, the government is courting industrial farms to help close the gap. Photo: Robin Hammond/National Geographic

Africa: The next breadbasket?

by Joel K Bourne Jr National Geographic June 30, 2014

She never saw the big tractor coming. First it plowed up her banana trees. Then her corn. Then her beans, sweet potatoes, cassava. Within a few, dusty minutes the one-acre plot near Xai-Xai, Mozambique, which had fed Flora Chirime and her five children for years, was consumed by a Chinese corporatio...

Gallery: female-run cereal banks help families facing food crisis in Niger. Community food banks in Niger – run exclusively by women—are reduc...

by Charlotte Seager Guardian Professional June 26, 2014

“Before cereal and grain banks were always managed by men, with the stock sold to generate money,” says Vincenzo Galastro, IFAD's country portfolio manager, based in Niger. “These banks are managed by women, and the repayment of stock is carried out by villagers, which allows the most vulnerab...

Fear and trauma prevent displaced South Sudanese from returning home

by IRIN News June 12, 2014

Civilians displaced by brutal fighting in South Sudan are ignoring calls from government officials to return to their homes, preferring the safety of squalid UN bases to the risk that conflict could again engulf towns already devastated in the six-month conflict....

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