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31 Jul 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Trafficking gangs are flourishing across Africa through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of migrants, yet nations are failing to dismantle networks due to a lack of coordination, the United Nations said on Monday.

23 Jul 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 23 July 2018 16:12 GMT

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign donors must come forward to support Ethiopia and Eritrea after the long-time arch rivals ended a war which spanned two decades and hampered efforts to improve the lives of millions of people, a top United Nations official said on Monday.

03 Jul 2018 description

by Kevin Mwanza | @kainvestor | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 13:43 GMT

By Kevin Mwanza

NAIROBI, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 300,000 Kenyans who depend on Turkana - the world's biggest desert lake - could run short of drinking water and fish if Ethiopia moves ahead with plans to construct two more dams on a river upstream, activists said.

22 Jun 2018 description

Critics say the government needs to do more to ensure the safe return of a million Ethiopians displaced by conflict

By Tom Gardner

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Early one morning, Aschal Zegeye and her young family heard a knock at the door. Her husband answered it. Shortly after he was dead.

"They took him outside and slaughtered him," the 25 year-old mother of two told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a church shelter in the city of Bahir Dar.

02 Jun 2018 description

Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing Africa's biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million

By Serena Chaudhry

LONDON, June 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing South Sudan in Africa's biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million, a top regional United Nations official said on Friday.

17 May 2018 description

"When we're adapting to climate change, we're not adapting to a new stable state, we're adapting to uncertainty." By Zoe Tabary

LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - What do an Ethiopian coffee grower, a Colombian fisherman and a Vietnamese rice farmer have in common?

All three saw their income and way of life threatened by the devastating El Niño weather pattern in 2015-16, climate experts said at a London event Tuesday.

14 Mar 2018 description

by Shenggen Fan | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:00 GMT

More investments are needed to end hunger—but how much will it cost? Estimates range from $7 billion to $265 billion per year.

08 Mar 2018 description

About 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered by UNHCR are in Libya, the main crossing point from Africa to Europe

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, March 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An emergency plan to evacuate refugees from dangerous prisons in Libya has stalled because European countries are taking too long to resettle them, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

18 Jan 2018 description

"Needs have gone through the roof for the whole of the humanitarian system, and donors really can't keep up with these increased needs."

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cuts in food rations for 1.5 million refugees in east Africa, due to funding shortages, could increase school dropouts, crime and malnutrition, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

27 Dec 2017 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota

The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked 10 aid agencies to name their top priorities for 2018

BOGOTA, Dec 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Violence, displacement and hunger will drive record humanitarian needs in 2018, with nearly 136 million people worldwide in need of aid, according to the United Nations.

The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has appealed for a record $22.5 billion for humanitarian responses across the globe.

20 Dec 2017 description

Savings groups are helping farmers - particularly women - get through bad times when harvests are lost

By Elias Gebreselassie

GANTA KANACHAMA, Ethiopia, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workinesh Denda, a stocky middle-aged woman, arranges hand-made stoves in a neat line in a small shop in Ganta Kanachama village, in southern Ethiopia.

13 Nov 2017 description

By Elias Gebreselassie

ARGOBA, Ethiopia, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a spear and undeterred by the intense sunlight, Tarekegn Kareto meticulously plucks weeds in his maize field in Argoba village, in southern Ethiopia.

"With both dry weather and unusually heavy rains hitting us in the past year, I've lost over half of my harvest of maize and sorghum," he said, pausing to wipe sweat off his forehead.

10 Oct 2017 description

Can charcoal made from pest thorn trees help keep refugees warm and fed?

By Anthony Langat

KAKUMA, Kenya, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Turkana County is one of Kenya's most arid regions, but land near the town of Kakuma sports a dense thicket of thorny trees.

That's not good news. The plant is Prosopis juliflora, a fast-growing invasive species that has wreaked havoc by taking over land once used for pasture, choking rivers and overwhelming indigenous trees in this part of northwest Kenya.

23 Aug 2017 description

Tigray has managed to improve soil and water conservation, and closed off 1.2 mln hectares of land to allow plants to regrow

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major project to restore land in Ethiopia's Tigray Region to boost millions of people's ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world's best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.

10 Aug 2017 description

By Stefanie Glinski

JUBA, South Sudan, Aug 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the past two weeks, Sandy has slept on the dirty floor of a small and stuffy tent, squeezed in tightly with 54 other women and girls and countless night-biting mosquitoes.

Things are looking up.

For now at least, Sandy has company and a canvas cover.

"I feel much safer here in the tent," she said of her new home in a United Nations-protected site.

With her buzzed haircut and mature mien, 14-year-old Sandy is stern faced and slow to smile.

04 Jul 2017 description

by Elias Gebreselassie | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 10:53 GMT

Forests can provide more stable water, harvests and jobs - but rural population growth make protecting them a challenge, officials say

By Elias Gebreselassie

CHILIMO, Ethiopia, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.

26 Jun 2017 description

by Elias Gebreselassie

Insurance is only part of the answer, but it is easing losses from drought for herders in southern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 26 June 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For pastoralists like Jilo Datecha, the persistent drought afflicting southern Ethiopia’s Borena zone has made the prospects for earning a living grim.

21 Jun 2017 description

by Emma Batha

Total assistance rose for a fourth consecutive year, but the pace of growth slowed - one factor behind the slowdown may have been the lack of sudden large-scale disasters

LONDON, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International humanitarian aid hit a record $27.3 billion last year, but several leading donors in the Middle East slashed their contributions, data published on Wednesday showed.

13 Jun 2017 description

Consecutive failed rains have led to widespread crop failures

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Food rations for 7.8 million Ethiopians are due to run out in July due to funding shortages, while neighbouring Somalia is on the verge of its second famine in six years.

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.