Africa

The student trying to solve the food waste crisis

by Alfonso Daniels Kitgum, Uganda August 16, 2018

A 23-year-old Ugandan engineering student has invented a food dehydrator to help minimize food waste....

UN gravely concerned at South Sudan’s ‘food security crisis’

by Associated Press News24 August 12, 2018

The UN Security Council is expressing grave concern at the "food security crisis" in war-torn South Sudan. The council said in a statement after closed-door briefings on Friday that ongoing fighting in the country's five-year civil war "is one of the main direct causes" of food insecurity....

Games boost student nutrition in Nigerian schools

by Obidimma Ezezika The Conversation July 16, 2018

Researchers tested out a game called Nutrido to see if it would help Nigerian students improve their food choices....

Video: South Sudan’s hunger season is peaking

by Janelle Dumalaon Deutsche Welle July 11, 2018

July marks the peak of South Sudan's hunger season - that's the period between the depletion of food stocks and the next harvest. Seven years into its independence, a humanitarian crisis is leaving half of the country's population starving....

Eight states sound alarm over Sahel hunger

by AFP News 24 July 10, 2018

Eight West African states have called for emergency aid for four countries in the Sahel facing food shortages as a result of jihadist violence. Agriculture ministers from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), at a meeting in the Nigerien capital of Niamey on Monday, said around 3.5 m...

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Synthesis of impact evaluations of the World Food Programme’s nutrition interventions in humanitarian settings in the Sahel – Working Paper 31...

by Relief Web Relief Web July 2, 2018

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) reviewed World Food Programme's nutrition initiatives in the Sahel. Acute malnutrition in the Sahel affects an estimated six million children under five years, of whom about 1.4 million require treatment for severe acute malnutrition. ...

Farmers-Herdsmen Crisis Will Affect Nigeria’s Food Security, GDP – Lawmaker

by The Eagle Online The Eagle Online June 24, 2018

Nigerian lawmaker Alhaji Mohammed Okpoku, a member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, says incessant farmers-herdsmen clashes may cause food shortage in the state and the country at large. Ongoing conflict threatens food security and leads to hunger for those who are not able to farm or graze ...

Photo: UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende, and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama attend a press conference at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in Oslo, Norway, Feb. 24, 2017. [courtesy Voice of America]

Hunger, Death Stalk Millions in Forgotten Lake Chad Basin

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America June 10, 2018

The Lake Chad Basin is into the ninth year of a humanitarian crisis that does not appear to be easing. The United Nations is asking the international community to help millions of refugees and displaced people in Africa's Lake Chad Basin. The Boko Haram insurgency is mainly responsible for a crisis ...

Ghana launches nationwide census on agriculture

by Xinhua Xinhua News June 10, 2018

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently launched the census of agriculture to gather reliable data to inform national policy interventions in the development of agriculture in the country. Ghana last held a census of agriculture some 33 years ago and hopes that the 2018 data collecti...

Fishermen in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, bring in the evening’s catch. (Marc Herman/GlobalPost Investigations)

Overfished: In Senegal, empty nets lead to hunger and violence

by Meaghan Beatley and Sam Edwards PRI May 31, 2018

Senegal is a dramatic example of a trend playing out across the world, in which 90 percent of fisheries are fully fished or facing collapse, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ...