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11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

15 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

A recently arrived species of armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize, report experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

USAID senior biotechnology advisor Joseph Huesing says the fall armyworms -- transported from their usual habitat in the U.S. state of Florida or the Caribbean -- are attacking maize crops all over sub-Saharan Africa.

21 Dec 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center

JAE LEE

Francis Kyakulaga, a district sanitation manager, and I had finished eating a meal at the ground floor restaurant of the Mwaana Hotel on the Trans-African Highway in Uganda. During the meal, we noticed an increasing commotion in the hotel lobby area, and Kyakulaga asked a man what was happening. He informed us that someone had collapsed upstairs.

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02 Oct 2015 description
  • Warming in Pacific triggers extreme weather around globe

  • Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east

  • Millions face hunger in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe

By Ed Stoddard

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe.

"There is moisture 25 centimetres down but nothing beyond that. If we get below-average rains, it will be a disaster," he said, wiping the red dust from his calloused hands.

14 Feb 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By SCOLA KAMAU, TEA Special Correspondent

In Summary

•GeoPoll, the global mobile survey platform, has partnered with Control Union, a global leader in agricultural certification, food safety and sustainability to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.

•For a start, the project will benefit countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana, before expanding to key markets in Asia including Indonesia and the Philippines.

25 Mar 2014 description
report The Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

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18 Jan 2013 description
report The Guardian

EU finds poor maintenance by recipient countries is leaving roads in ruin, jeopardising work to reduce poverty and hunger

The EU has spent billions of euros to build roads in sub-Saharan Africa that are left to deteriorate because of poor maintenance, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday.

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23 Jan 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Jan 20, 2012 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are making significant progress towards eradicating extreme hunger and poverty. Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa are some of the countries that have made tremendous achievements towards achieving these goals.

27 Sep 2011 description

27 Sep 2011 09:00 Source: Reuters // Reuters

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The GAVI international immunisations group said on Tuesday it had agreed more than 50 new deals to fund potentially life-saving vaccines for children in 37 developing countries.

12 Aug 2011 description
report The Guardian

Africa's leaders have been criticised for their slow response to drought warnings, but private donations win praise

Months before the UN officially declared famine in Somalia, on 20 July, much of the eastern African press was already reporting looming drought and growing food insecurity. Now, the failure of government to respond to warning signs has become a dominant theme.

Read the full article in the Guardian.

17 Feb 2011 description
  • Guinea worm disease endemic in just three countries

    * 1,800 cases remain, mostly in South Sudan

    * Eradication of disease in a few years -Jimmy Carter

    By Matthew Bigg

    ATLANTA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Nigeria has halted transmission of Guinea worm disease, bringing closer the moment when a disease is eradicated from the planet for just the second time in history, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday.

    Read the full article on Reuters

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27 May 2010 description
  • World still in jeopardy of another food crisis

    * U.S. moving ahead with implementation of L'Aquila plan

    * U.S. seeking cooperation with EU and other donors

    By Bate Felix

    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) - A top U.S. official said on Thursday global food prices could soar again if countries don't cooperate to increase food production especially in developing countries.

    Ertharin Cousin, U.S.

17 Sep 2009 description

Washington D.C., US (PANA) - In a decade-long initiative to protect millions of families from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, a U.S.

06 May 2008 description
report Voice of America

By William Eagle

As food prices climb, African policymakers are considering short- and long-term ways to make food prices affordable. The measures range from food subsidies for consumers to incentives for farmers to increase production. From Washington, William Eagle has the story.

African governments are under pressure from consumers - and in some cases protestors - to act now.  Some, like Nigeria, are working to satisfy demand and lower prices by releasing emergency grain reserves.

25 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Oct 25, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Seven major international organizations including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on Thursday announced a multimillion-dollar partnership to address declining supplies of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water by the world's poorest people.

03 Oct 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Howard Lesser

Some of the most widespread flooding in years has swept across Sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana, Niger, Mali, and Togo in the west to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Sudan in the east. In the last 24 hours, the International Red Cross (IFRC) has added Burkina Faso to its emergency rolls after 33 deaths were reported and more than 75-hundred homes destroyed in torrential rains. In addition, the UN World Food Program (WFP) is appealing for three-point eight million dollars to feed 470-thousand victims in Mauritania, where saturated supplies are putting thousands at risk.

21 Sep 2007 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ Floods are continuing to ravage an arc of African countries from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, washing away homes and ruining crops and have been reported as the worst in years in many states.

Uganda is experiencing its worst floods in memory, with some 89,000 households "severely affected" and scores homeless and marooned by the surging waters, the Red Cross said Friday.

"It has never been so severe like this," said Hasifa Kabejja, spokeswoman for the Ugandan Red Cross Society. "Houses have been washed away.

20 Sep 2007 description
report Mail and Guardian

The small plane banks steeply to the east and the extent of the floods in the low-lying Teso region of Uganda become clear: kilometre upon kilometre of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of thousands of hectares of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated bridges.