International Women’s Day 2022

Message of WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti On 8 March every year, the world marks International Women’s Day. It is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women globally, and to take stock of our progress towards gender equity, and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s theme, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, celebrates the achievements of women and girls who are leading efforts on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response to…

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UN’s Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal at risk

After showing hopeful results during the Millennium Development Goals, the UN’s Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal is threatened by undernourishmentAfter the huge success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the United Nations laid out a new set of targets for 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN’s SDG for Zero Hunger is measured by the prevalence of undernourishment, meaning a condition where “a person is unable to acquire enough food to meet daily minimum dietary energy requirements…

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Invest in research to save Africa’s agriculture

Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa was already getting a beating from shocks such as droughts, desert locusts and a growing population, and COVID-19 has only added to the pressure. As I listened to proceedings at the 11th Annual Summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held in Kenya last week (6-10 September), I became more convinced that the global pandemic is hurting agricultural systems across the continent, and that urgent action is needed to mitigate the situation. A…

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Sustainable packaging for African Tea

People may not always think about where their food comes from, but Asami Tea founder Ola Atilola wants to change that. Asami, which means “my culture” in the Yoruba language, is a Northwest Arkansas-based company created in 2016 with the desire to promote African products and support African farmers. “We want to invest in those farmers and tell their origin story,” Atilola says.  A native of Nigeria, Atilola has developed relationships with farmers across the African continent, sourcing ingredients from countries…

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West African food startup receives $1.98 million in funding

West African food brand Yolélé has received $1.98 million in funding for its new venture, West African Ancient Grains. Yolélé has partnered with shea butter processor Mali Shi SA to build a traceable supply chain for fonio, a drought-tolerant, nutrient-dense ancient grain that is considered a neglected and underutilized crop. The aim of the project is to turn fonio into a cash crop that will provide a source of income for thousands of smallholder farmers in the vulnerable Sahel…

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Roadmap To A Sustainable Cocoa Sector Launched in Liberia

A Roadmap to a Sustainable Cocoa Sector in Liberia has been launched in Monrovia with a call on all actors to unite and make the sector viable to boost the economy. The roadmap was developed by IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Grow Liberia and Solidaridad with funding from the European Union in Liberia through the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme (LICSIP). Michael S. Doe, country representative of Solidaridad in Liberia, said the roadmap will contribute to the revitalization…

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The African Security Dilemma and Sustainable Development

Africa is a continent with exceedingly high potential to grow and an immense youth population that is set to grow exponentially in the next coming years. However, the continent is continuously being riddled with multi-dimensional insecurity. African insecurities come in different forms and need to be tackled in diverse manners. For Mother Africa, it’s the lack of pro-activeness that fuels our insecurities worries as a continent and we have attested to this since time and memorial. The African Security…

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WFP-backed challenge boosts food system in Rwanda and beyond

The IGNITE Food Systems Challenge comes amid worsening food insecurity in East Africa due to rising conflict, climate change, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Both technical support and a total of $300,000 in financing will be made available to help start-ups, cooperatives, and small and medium enterprises, to scale-up locally-driven solutions that contribute to the economy and address different gaps in supplying nutritious food. Reaching talented entrepreneursThe programme is an initiative by the UN World Food Programme (WFP)…

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‘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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