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16 Jan 2018 description
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The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

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17 Mar 2017 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

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Par Obi Anyadike
Rédacteur pour l'Afrique

NAIROBI, 27 décembre 2016

Dans une bonne partie du monde, la saison des fêtes est l’occasion de se faire plaisir. Mais il en va bien autrement pour ceux qui sont occupés à fuir la violence et les bouleversements ou qui se trouvent coincés dans un camp de réfugiés avec pour tout repas de Noël les maigres rations alimentaires qui leur sont distribuées.

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28 Dec 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 27 December 2016

Across much of the world, the festive season is a time of indulgence. But what if you’re too busy fleeing violence and upheaval, or stuck in a refugee camp on reduced rations?

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18 Aug 2014 description
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Insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale

NAIROBI, 18 août 2014 (IRIN) - Quelque 20 millions de personnes sont en situation d'insécurité alimentaire aiguë en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale. Selon les organisations d'aide humanitaire, la plupart se trouvent à un niveau « de crise » ou « d'urgence ». Ce chiffre est bien plus élevé qu'en juillet 2013, quand l'insécurité alimentaire touchait 15,8 millions de personnes.

13 Aug 2014 description
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NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.

The affected countries include Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.

11 Apr 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 11 April 2013 (IRIN) - Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure.

29 Oct 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 29 October 2012 (IRIN) - A new study set in East Africa, one of the most detailed yet to examine the links between conflict and climate change, calls for a more balanced view on the issue - beyond the widely hyped “climate wars” said to be erupting over dwindling natural resources. The study’s authors are among a chorus of emerging voices warning against viewing climate change exclusively through the lens of security.

11 Oct 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 11 October 2012 (IRIN) - Countries where people lack adequate access to land rights, water and energy - are among the worst performers in theannual Global Hunger Index (GHI).

“We find there is a definite correlation between these resources and food insecurity,” said Claudia Ringler, a co-author of this year’s GHI study, which was produced jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the NGOs Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

10 Oct 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 10 October 2012 (IRIN) - Bread, pies, pasta and pastries - changing African diets, the result of urbanization, are driving a demand for wheat that is pushing up import bills and complicating food security.

New research suggests the potential for African farmers to help meet that demand has been underestimated: local producers in east and southern Africa may be growing only 10 to 25 percent of the wheat that is both biologically possible and economically profitable, overlooking a potential money-spinner and hedge against global food price shocks.

08 Aug 2012 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 8 août 2012 (IRIN) - Selon l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO), les pays du Sahel de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, de la Corne de l'Afrique et de l'Afrique centrale et du Sud - dont plusieurs dépendent principalement des importations de céréales pour nourrir leur population - sont les plus exposés aux conséquences de la hausse des cours mondiaux des céréales.

06 Aug 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 6 August 2012 (IRIN) - As global grain prices begin to climb, the Sahel countries of West Africa, those in the Horn, and in central and southern Africa - many of which depend mainly on imported cereals to feed their people - are most exposed to the impact of more expensive food, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Around the world plenty of people are already living with high food prices, and more will be joining them.

12 Apr 2012 description
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DAKAR, 12 April 2012 (IRIN) - Private donors are growing steadily more important to global aid, contributing one-quarter of the estimated US$73.9 billion spent on emergency assistance from 2006 to 2010.

11 Dec 2011 description
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Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

11 Aug 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 11 August 2011 (IRIN) - Drought, poor rains and continuing high fuel prices have combined to keep food prices in East Africa high, with consumers forgoing basic staples and many traders being forced to shut down their businesses.

IRIN spoke to residents of seven countries in the region for a sense of how the rising cost of living [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=92546 ] was affecting them.


29 Dec 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 29 December 2010 (IRIN) - Here is a selection of our best stories of the past year from central and eastern Africa, chosen to reflect the diversity of humanitarian issues affecting the vast region. They range from coverage of historical landmarks with global repercussions, such as Southern Sudan's imminent referendum, to a project that makes a big difference to just a few people in a Kenyan slum.

10 Aug 2010 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 10 août 2010 (IRIN) - Les cultures à croissance rapide, et plus résistantes face à des sécheresses de plus en plus fréquentes et intenses, arrivent en tête de la liste des stratégies adoptées par la plupart des pays pour adapter leur production alimentaire au changement climatique, selon un nouveau document.

Ce document de discussion, dirigé par Jonathan Makau Nzuma de l'université de Nairobi, au Kenya, et produit par l'Institut international de recherche sur les politiques alimentaires (IFPRI), s'est intéressé à l'adaptation dans le secteur agricole dans …

09 Aug 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 9 August 2010 (IRIN) - Crops that mature faster and are tolerant of more frequent and intense droughts top the list of how most countries adapt their food production to climate change, says a new paper.

The discussion paper (http://www.ifpri.org/publication/strategies-adapting-climate-change-rural-sub-saharan-africa) led by Jonathan Makau Nzuma from the …

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NAIROBI, 30 June 2010 (IRIN) - Pastoralists across East Africa are set to benefit as the region's national borders are relaxed amid joint efforts to mitigate the risks associated with their migration.

"With the coming into effect [on 1 July] of the common market protocol, pastoralists like the Maasai, the Pokot and the Somali who do not believe in borders as they have kin in more than one country will enjoy better freedom of movement across the borders," Augustine Lotodo, a member of parliament in the East African Legislative Assembly, told IRIN on 30 June.

The protocol …

21 May 2010 description
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ANALYSE: Dix ans de négociations n'ont pas mis fin à la controverse autour des eaux du Nil.

ENTEBBE, 21 mai 2010 (IRIN) - Selon un analyste, bien que l'accord sur le Nil ait soulevé la controverse, il devrait permettre d'aboutir à une répartition plus équitable de l'eau et de minimiser les risques de conflit entre les états riverains.

« Le problème du Nil réside dans le manque de coopération dans la gestion de l'eau », selon Debay Tadesse, chercheur principal à l'Institut d'études de sécurité d'Addis-Abeba.