Africa

Africa’s Unresolved Conflicts a Key Driver of Food Insecurity

by Africa Center for Strategic Studies Africa Center for Strategic Studies October 19, 2018

Conflict is a central factor in the geography of Africa’s food insecurity. The acuteness of this insecurity deepens the longer a conflict continues....

Scale of Yemen famine was ‘initially underestimated’ by aid agencies

by Hannah Summers The Guardian October 17, 2018

Sources say soaring food prices have overtaken projections from UN general assembly two weeks ago, with up to 14 million people now at risk....

Ebay against hunger

by Sandra Kreutzer World Food Programme Insight October 8, 2018

A new app supports crop sales for rural smallholder farmers in Zambia. Smallholder farmers around the world are often forced to sell their harvests below market value due to a lack of market and pricing information. A new app by the U...

Hunger, disease and violence: Is Somalia the worst place in the world to be a child?

by Adrian Blomfield The Telegraph October 3, 2018

Malnutrition is the biggest killer of children in Somalia, usually not because they starve to death but because their bodies are so emaciated their immune systems become too weak to fend off disease....

Hunger and fighting persist despite ‘peace’ in South Sudan

by AFP AFP October 3, 2018

Harvests and markets have been disrupted by the 5-year-long war and people rely on aid agencies for deliveries of life-saving food. Last year a man-made famine was declared in two opposition areas while the latest assessment, issued Friday, found that 6.1 million people are going hungry....

Kenya: Govt takes over responsibility from WFP to provide school meals

by Devdiscourse News Desk Devdiscourse October 3, 2018

Some 1.6 million pupils at more than 4,000 schools will each receive a hot lunch daily under the school meals program this year – now all financed by the Government of Kenya. ...

Insurgents’ attacks lead to food shortage in northern Mozambique: report

by Mu Xuequan Xinhua October 2, 2018

Sporadic attacks by insurgents in the northern province Cabo Delgado in Mozambique combined with the El Nino phenomenon have caused food shortages, according to a report released Monday here by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network....

More Women Owning Agricultural Land in Africa Means Increased Food Security and Nutrition

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service News Agency September 30, 2018

Despite women being key figures in agriculture and food security, gender inequality is holding back progress towards ending hunger, poverty, and creating sustainable food systems.  During a high-level event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, th...

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis And Apprehension Over Food Insecurity

by Chika Okeke Leadership Nigeria Newspapers September 27, 2018

In northeast Nigeria, the majority of internally displaced persons were suffering from food insecurity. Reporter Chika Okeke examines the level of humanitarian crisis in the north- east and reports that without harmonised intervention, famine might wipe out surviving locals and residents...

Eight of the 20 nations with the fastest rising rates of adult obesity in the world are in Africa © Bloomberg

Rising obesity in Africa reflects a broken global food system

by Rajiv Shah Financial Times September 21, 2018

When I visited Kigali, Rwanda’s capital last week, I noticed an array of new fast food restaurants downtown. This is not an exception — chains such as Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC are proliferating across Africa. Meanwhile, obesity rates are skyrocketing across the continent....