Africa

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How to declare a famine: A primer from South Sudan

by Stefanie Glinski IRIN March 10, 2018

Latest data show after 4 years of war, nearly 2/3 of South Sudan’s population, over 7 million people will need food aid to stave off starvation in the May-July “lean season”–the time between the depletion of food stocks and the next harvest....

One ‘heat map’ from the study shows the percentage of children classed as moderately or severely underweight (MSU) in each pixel in the year 2000 [Image courtesy Nature]

Africa ‘set to miss UN development goal on malnutrition’

by Victoria Gill BBC News March 1, 2018

Exceptionally detailed maps of child growth and education across Africa suggest that no single country is set to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. That target was set by the UN as a Sustainable Development Goal....

Photo: The project, which initiated in 2012, aims to expand understanding of cassava, an indispensable crop in sub-Saharan Africa. [Courtesy of Linda L. McCandless]

Cornell-Led Project Awarded $35 Million to Research Crop Vital to Africa’s Food Security

by Hnin Ei Wai Lwin The Cornell Daily Sun February 21, 2018

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom government collectively awarded $35 million to a Cornell project researching and promoting the use of cassava, a carbohydrate-rich tuber plant, in sub-Saharan Africa....

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Can nuclear technology zap hunger in Central African Republic?

by Inna Lazareva Thomson Reuters Foundation via ReliefWeb February 19, 2018

Tucked away on the University of Bangui campus in the capital of Central African Republic, a portacabin surrounded by palm trees shelters neat rows of test-tubes filled with green shoots. Here scientists are running a laboratory using advanced nuclear-derived techniques to find a solution to one of...

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WATCH: Nigeria’s soil-free salad farm

by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill and Sam Judah BBC February 12, 2018

How one young entrepreneur is growing greens in shipping containers - no soil needed....

Students plant a tree in Pitoua town, near Garoua, Cameroon, Feb. 10 2018. [Photo: M. Kindzeka/VOA]

Rising Temperatures, Terrorism Threaten Cameroon’s Food Security

by Moki Edwin Kindzeka Voice of America February 11, 2018

Cameroon says its northern border with Nigeria and Chad and most of the Lake Chad basin face a food crisis because of desertification and the Boko Haram conflict that stopped farmers from doing their work....

Photo: Abuk Moukiir sits in the shade of a tree while harvesting peanuts. She’s sick and weak but survives hunger by finding different day jobs [Stefanie Gilinski/IRIN]

The struggle to survive South Sudan’s hunger season

by Stefanie Glinski IRIN News January 8, 2018

Almost half of South Sudan's population – 4.8 million people – are currently severely food insecure: an increase of 1.4 million since last year....

Aerial view of Amorentia, Blight’s family farm and nursery. The netting protects the plants from the ravages of hailstorms. [Photo: Howard Blight]

Can online courses fix Africa’s food insecurity?

by Nick Dall Ozy January 5, 2018

South African farmer Howard Blight's company, Agricolleges International (ACI), will roll out its first courses in early 2018, and in the next few years plans to have a curriculum incorporating all of the agrisciences and an expanding footprint across Africa....

Aid workers sorting food packs prior to distribution at the Biringi refugee camp in Ituri province, in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Photo: Dieudonné Wanican/Trocaire/CC BY]

Responding to East Africa’s food security crisis in 2017, preparing for next year

by Sara Jerving Devex December 18, 2017

Governments and donors are working together to mitigate food insecurity in East Africa, where relief efforts are complicated by lack of rain, cholera and other issues....

Photo: Maureen Salim shows off a pumpkin grown amongst her trees. [Sophie Mbugua/Mongabay]

Kenyan farmers reap economic, environmental gains from ABCDs of agroforestry

by Sophie Mbugua Mongabay December 13, 2017

Kenyan farmers are building resilience and income through an intercropping system developed with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)...

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