‘Triple threat’ adds to long-standing crises menacing food security in Somalia – FAO

Poor rainfall, flooding and desert locusts are contributing to extreme food insecurity in Somalia, threating 2.6 million people, the UN agriculture agency said in a new analysis released on Wednesday. In a joint report, the UN The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that in the absence of large-scale and sustained humanitarian assistance “the situation could worsen through mid-2021”. “Somalia’s long-standing crises are compounded now by the ‘triple threat’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, desert locust infestations and climatic shocks”,…

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Ethiopia: ‘Incomplete but troubling picture’ reveals impact of Tigray crisis on children

Humanitarians are learning more about the dire situation of children in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where fighting continues between Government troops and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). As more supplies and emergency personnel reach the area, “an incomplete but troubling picture” is emerging which reveals children are experiencing severe and ongoing harm, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. “The partial picture emerging of the impact the crisis in Tigray has had on children –…

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Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday. “While the situation continues to deteriorate for everyone, the disaster is magnified for refugees who have absolutely nothing to cushion their fall”, said WFP Executive Director, David Beasley. “In the best of times, refugees live in cramped conditions, struggle to meet their basic needs and often have no option but to rely on…

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Eliminating Illegal fishing Practices in Ghana Promise Sustainable Livelihoods and Economic Growth
( Frozen blocks of fish being prepared for tans-shipment from a trawler to a saiko canoe )

(Frozen blocks of fish being prepared for tans-shipment from a trawler to a saiko canoe. Photo credit: EJF) Illegal fishing practices in Ghana’s fisheries sector continue to push stocks of some key species, such as sardinella, mackerel and anchovy otherwise known as the ‘people fish’ to the brink of collapse. These fish species represent an affordable and accessible food protein source for poor households and play a crucial role in maintaining good nutrition and health. One such illegalities which…

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Why Gender Matters for Soil Health as Part of Sustainable Food Systems

This post is written by Wei Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). While healthy soils play a critical role in supporting agricultural productivity, climate change mitigation and resilience, and a range of other ecosystem services and are thus an integral part of sustainable food systems, large parts of African agricultural soils remain highly degraded. While there are hundreds of technical options for improving soil health, there are a myriad of sociocultural, institutional,…

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Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive crisis in Africa

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex – sometimes for less than the cost of bread – to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country faces its worst drought in four decades, World Vision said. The United Nations says a record 45 million people…

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Nigeria inaugurates $1bn agriculture mechanization committee

The Nigerian government has inaugurated an 18-member committee for implementation of Government’s Agriculture mechanisation programme called The Green Imperative Programme (GIP). The Nigerian Minister Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono during the launch of an18-man committee in Abuja, said the programme was timely in view of the need to feed the Nigerian population estimated at 200 million, and other African countries that rely on Nigeria for food and seeds. The $1.1 billion program would be funded by the Brazilian Government…

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A backyard farm defies Zimbabwe’s drought

In a backyard in Zimbabwe’s capital, a 50-year-old mother of two is using hydroponics to grow vegetables for some of Harare’s top restaurants, defying drought and an economic crisis that have left millions needing food aid. Venensia Mukarati, whose day job is an accountant, always had a passion for farming, but no land on which to plant. Just over two years ago she did a web search on how to grow vegetables on the deck of her Harare house,…

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East Africa locusts threaten food security across subregion

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, the outbreak is impacting the region’s food insecurity. The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa,…

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UN sounds alarm over unprecedented levels of hunger in southern Africa

Southern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned. Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said the World Food Programme (WFP). Zimbabwe is already facing its worst hunger emergency in a decade, with 7.7 million people – half the population – acutely food insecure. But…

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