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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Food Crisis Overshadowed by Regional Conflict

By Matthew Newsome

TUNIS, Mar 28 2014 (IPS) - Still not enough is being done to improve the food emergency in Africa’s Sahel Region as conflict and instability continue to exacerbate any response towards aiding a region where one in eight people suffer from food insecurity.

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Economic Crisis in Mali’s North as the South Recovers

By Marc-Andre Boisvert

BAMAKO, Feb 6 2014 (IPS) - Under the harsh Sunday afternoon sun, Daouda Dicko washes his client’s clothes on the shore of the Niger River, which runs through Mali’s capital, Bamako. “I started doing this to survive two years ago. Now, I am used to it and I don’t mind the extra money it brings,” Dicko, who also works as a gardener, tells IPS.

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Mali’s Displaced Still Have Nothing To Return To

BAMAKO, Jan 31 2014 (IPS) - In her traditional orange headdress, Agaichetou Toure sits quietly in a waiting room in Kalaban-Koura, a popular neighbourhood on the outskirts of Mali’s capital Bamako.

It’s taken Toure almost two years to register as an internally displaced person (IDP) because until now she did not know that centres for this existed or that they provided aid for people like her. It was while running errands that she heard a crowd speaking about a new centre that had opened. So she came.

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World + 1 other
Donner le pouvoir aux femmes renforce la paix et la sécurité internationales

NATIONS UNIES , 22 oct (IPS) - Lorsqu’une guerre éclate, les femmes sont souvent les premières à subir la dure brutalité et les dernières à être appelées à la table des négociations.

Une résolution adoptée le 18 octobre par le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU nous fait avancer d’un pas plus proche de la pleine participation des femmes en tant que leaders pour la paix et la sécurité.

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Cameroun : Les produits 'OGM' au cœur du débat agricole

Dorine Ekwe

YAOUNDE , 30 sep (IPS) - Dans son village Obala, dans le sud du Cameroun, Jean Olinga explique à ses fils les rudiments de l’utilisation du maïs hybride, indiquant que cette variété est élaborée à l’Institut de recherche agricole pour le développement (IRAD) à Yaoundé, la capitale.

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De petits paysans apprennent à accroître leurs productions

Ousseini Issa

NIAMEY, 23 août (IPS) - De petits producteurs valorisent leur savoir-faire local au Niger et apprennent à adapter les nouvelles technologies de la recherche à leur milieu dans des Parcelles d’initiatives paysannes (PIP), pour accroître leurs rendements agricoles.

Les PIP expérimentées dans la région de Maradi, dans le centre-est de pays sahélien d’Afrique de l’ouest, sont dans un projet financé par le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA).

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Burkina Faso + 5 others
Menace de famine autour du Bassin de la Volta

Brahima Ouédraogo

OUAGADOUGOU, 10 août (IPS) - Des organisations de gestion des eaux du Bassin de la Volta appellent à des mesures urgentes pour arrêter la dégradation continue des sols, de l’écosystème autour du Bassin de la Volta qui nourrit plusieurs millions de personnes en Afrique de l’ouest.

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Une polémique électorale qui risque de créer une nouvelle crise

Soumaila T. Diarra

BAMAKO , 31 juil (IPS) - La première annonce officielle, mardi, des premières tendances des résultats de l’élection présidentielle de dimanche au Mali, suscite une vive polémique susceptible de créer une crise postélectorale alors que le scrutin devrait sortir le pays de sa précédente crise politique multiforme.

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Cameroon + 2 others
Malnutrition Killing Children in Cameroon

According to the most recent study, in 2011, 33 percent of under-fives in Cameroon suffer from chronic malnutrition and 14 percent of them are severely malnourished.

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Mali + 1 other
Doubts Linger Over U.N. Troops’ Preparedness to Enter Mali

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 5 2013 (IPS) - As the new 12,600-strong United Nations peacekeeping forces don their blue helmets and prepare to take over from African-led forces in Mali, a nation consumed by corruption and extremism, concerns remain whether U.N. troops will successfully execute this transfer of authority.

The African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) contributed its 6,237 troops to the U.N. peacekeepers under the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilised Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Monday.

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Nigeria’s Recipe for Hunger Reduction

Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - Nigeria -one of Africa’s most populous states and a major oil producer – learned hard lessons about under-investing in food security for its people: malnutrition went up; so did prices and corruption in the voucher system for farming inputs.

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With Billions of Euros Pledged, Mali Risks Aid Overflow

BRUSSELS, May 16 2013 (IPS) - International donors pledged yesterday to mobilise 3.25 billion Euros to rebuild Mali, a figure that surpassed all expectations. But experts warn that the country does not have the absorption capacity for so much aid, while others say donors should pressure the Malian government to stop ongoing human rights abuses.

In January of this year, a French-led intervention ended more than a year of sectarian violence in the north of Mali. The intervention managed to stall the conflict, but the situation in the region remains tense.

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Mali + 6 others
Far from Home, Malian Refugees Strive to Rebuild Their Lives

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

DAKAR , Apr 11 2013 (IPS) - Malian widow Mariama Sow, 30, and her three children are trying to find some semblance of normalcy in their lives in Dakar, Senegal, since they left the historic city of Timbuktu in northern Mali last June to escape the Islamist occupation.

Sow and her children are now living in relative safety with her eldest sister in this West African nation, as she helps her sibling run her two tangana (informal township restaurants).

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Access to Sanitation Still a Luxury for the Very Few

About 20 communities in Tillabéri, west Niger, have been declared open defecation-free zones as across the country, very few people have access to proper sanitation.

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Little Hope for the Children Abducted in Mali’s War

Mali remains in turmoil with hundreds of thousands of IDPs, missing and abducted children and food shortages aggravated by a dearth of cereals on the market.

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Cameroonian Farmers Find Justice in Fair Fruit

By Monde Kingsley Nfor

DOUALA, Cameroon, Mar 14 2013 (IPS) - The fruit farmers in Njombe, a small town in the coastal Littoral Region of Cameroon, learned a life lesson about “making lemonade out of lemons” – or rather “dried fruit out of fruit” when their land was taken from them by the government and leased to an international farming company.

In 1998, 34 fruit farmers lost 70 hectares of their land to Plantation de Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary of French company Compagnie Fruitiere, to which the Cameroonian government leased 4,500 hectares of land to grow bananas.

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War over, now to secure peace

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Mar 13 2013 (IPS) - As the Malian army and its foreign partners are slowly securing northern cities in the West African nation, it is still unclear how the country will turn its back on the political crisis that led to the March 2012 military coup.

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Niger + 1 other
Malian Refugees Look to Rebuild their Lives

MANGAIZE, Niger , Mar 5 2013 (IPS) - Malian refugees in Mangaïze, northwest Niger, are keen to return home to start work and be able to support themselves once more.

“We do have food and water, even if the food is not varied. Our primary schoolchildren are back in class,” Aissa Hama, a 39-year-old mother of five, told IPS. “But it’s hard to be in exile, dependent on the help of others.”

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Burkina Faso + 1 other
Tuaregs and Arabs not ready to return to Mali

By Marc-Andre Boisvert

GOUDEBO, Burkina Faso, Feb 22 2013 (IPS) - Fatimata Wallet Haibala sits among a group of women and teenage girls under a tent, her handicapped boy on her lap. The scene could be a rural picture of a Tuareg gathering in the desert. But the mother mother of five resides in a refugee camp in Goudebo, Burkina Faso, almost 100 kilometres from their home in Mali.

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Sahel Region Learning to Reap the Benefits of Shade

Agroforestry techniques using traditional plantings to increase soil fertility are offering new solutions to both food and human security.