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)...

[Photo: Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon]

African women are starting to take a lead in agricultural research

by Abdi Latif Dahir Quartz December 13, 2017

A new study shows that the number of African woman engaged in agricultural research is increasing...

Internally displaced Congolese families from Kasai Province wait in line for food in the grounds of a former clinic in the town of Idiofa, Kwilu Province after fleeing violence near their villages. [Photo: UNHCR/John Wesseles]

DR Congo: Hunger crisis, scarce funds could push Kasais to brink of catastrophe, UN agency warns

by United Nations UN News Centre December 7, 2017

An acute hunger emergency ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s strife-torn Greater Kasai region could transform into a long-term disaster if additional resources are not made available urgently, the United Nations food relief agency warned Thursday....

Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster

by Ben Taub The New Yorker December 7, 2017

Boko Haram, climate change, predatory armies, and extreme hunger are converging on a marginalized population in Central Africa....

Photo: Ugandan farmer Richard Opio holds a sample of the “super beans” [AP Photo/Rodney Muhumuza]

‘Super beans’ raise hopes in parts of hunger-prone Africa

by Rodney Muhumuza The Columbian December 4, 2017

The Ugandan government is promoting a new high-yield bean in hunger-prone areas...

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina [Photo: All Africa]

Africa: Nurturing Young Entrepreneurs As the Next Generation of Hunger Fighters

by Bunmi Oloruntoba All Africa December 3, 2017

World Food Prize winner Dr. Akinwumi Adesina to establish Global Youth Institute for Africa to support a new generation of agricultural scientists and innovators...

Photo: A woman prepares a meal of weed leaves for her family. South Sudanese are struggling to feed their families since rations have been cut. [UNICEF/Oatway]

Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan’s ongoing hunger crisis

by United Nations UN News Centre November 8, 2017

The current harvest season has not brought enough food to end the hunger crisis in South Sudan, as conflict persists in most of the African country and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many, the United Nations said Monday....

Photo: An agriculture officer inspects maize plants damaged by fall armyworm in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia region. [Riccardo Gangale/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Invasion of maize-eating caterpillars worsens hunger crisis in Africa

by Ruth Maclean The Guardian November 7, 2017

Crops that feed 200 million people at risk from destructive march of fall armyworm, as agriculture experts call for urgent action...

Focused on ending hunger, Africa neglects rising obesity

by Nellie Peyton Thomson Reuters Foundation November 6, 2017

Focused for decades on ending hunger, African countries have largely failed to address a rising obesity epidemic that could soon become the greater public health crisis, experts said as new data in the Global Nutrition Report....