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22 Sep 2015 description
report The Guardian

Conflict in the Middle East forces people to flee, but so does drought, destroying crops and livelihoods. We must invest in science for sustainable agriculture

The humanitarian emergency caused by the migration crisis has shocked the world. Desperate scenes of refugees risking their lives at sea or sleeping rough in European train stations are inescapable. But we should also be aware of what has brought us to this point.

21 Apr 2015 description
report The Guardian

Eritrea’s climate of repression, violence and paranoia – and its indefinite national service – is prompting hundreds of people to flee every day

Like many of her fellow Eritrean refugees, Sofia, who managed to escape northwards to Cairo, has a very simple reason for fleeing her homeland. “In Eritrea you’re even afraid to talk to your family,” she says. “The person next to me [in a cafe] could be a spy, and they are looking at what you are doing. People disappear every day.”

02 Jan 2015 description
report The Guardian

Moataz, a Syrian who fled to Egypt a year ago, has since tried to cross the Mediterranean 11 times. His first attempt failed after smugglers robbed him at knife-point shortly before he reached the water. Another ended when his boat was stopped by Egyptian coastguards, who jailed him and his family of five for several days. During a third attempt, they spent a week at sea. Then, after squabbling with each other about money, their smugglers turned back.

21 Oct 2014 description
report The Guardian

More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

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18 Sep 2014 description
report The Guardian

Despite the many dangers of trying to cross the Mediterranean, tens of thousands of refugees still seek asylum in Europe

26 Jul 2013 description
report The Guardian

Who are the main humanitarian aid donors? How much has been given so far? Where is aid being spent, and on what?

As Syria's humanitarian crisis escalates, so do appeals for aid.

Last month, the UN revised upwards its requests for funding, announcing the largest emergency appeal in its history. Despite this, aid officials warn "money is going out as fast as it is coming in", and that the UN's multibillion-dollar requests still may not be enough in a crisis where demands frequently outstrip resources.

06 Jun 2013 description
report The Guardian

As post-revolution Egypt faces its worst financial crisis since the 1930s, food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty rates are rising

The queues get longer every day. The rising cost of food in Egypt is sending more people to the thousands of government-subsidised bakeries across the country offering a lifeline to a population struggling to cope.

31 Dec 2012 description
report The Guardian

Number of migrants crossing border drops to zero as vast steel fence from Eilat to Gaza border nears completion.

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05 Sep 2012 description
report The Guardian

Civil rights group condemns Israel's refusal to allow entry to group 'begging for their lives'

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17 Jul 2012 description
report The Guardian

Refugees smuggled with arms from Eritrea to Sinai face weeks of torture as captives of criminal gangs – under noses of the UN

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14 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

Ifad's Kanayo Nwanze wants Rio+20 to put smallholder farmers at the centre of the agriculture debate

Mark Tran

The draft outcome document of the Rio+20 summit mentions smallholder farmers – many of them women – in growing acknowledgment of their importance in terms of food security, with the continued threat of famine in the Sahel, and environmental sustainability, as farming accounts for at least 14% of global greenhouse emissions.

12 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

Africa land deals lead to water giveaway

Africa heads for 'hydrological suicide' as land deals hand water resources to foreign firms, threatening environmental disaster

By Mark Tran

Millions of people will lose access to traditional sources of water because of "land grabs" in Africa, according to a report on Monday that looks behind the scramble for farmland in Africa.

22 Nov 2011 description
report The Guardian

Egypt is thrown into fresh turmoil as hundreds of thousands of protesters reject the military rulers' promises of reform

Jack Shenker in Cairo

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07 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

Adolescent girls and women are fundamental to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development and feeding the world, according to Chicago thinktank

Mark Tran

In a dusty field in Kitui, eastern Kenya, farmers are being taught how to construct small, semi-circular barriers of earth that control the flow of water, slowing its run-off.

14 Sep 2011 description
report The Guardian

Influence of financial players on agricultural commodity markets blamed for global food price inflation and hunger

Felicity Lawrence guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 September 2011 11.21 EDT Article history

The activity of financial speculators is overwhelming agricultural commodities markets, fuelling global food price inflation and hunger, according to new analysis from the anti-poverty group the World Development Movement (WDM).