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30 Jul 2018 description

Mauritania, Jul 30 2018 (IOM) - Since 2015 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been assisting victims of human trafficking in Mauritania. Sahel populations have always been very mobile, but in recent years a complex economic situation and the difficulty of finding jobs has pushed more and more people to seek jobs abroad. Unscrupulous traffickers seize on this desperation by promising men and women well-paid stable jobs away from home.

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.

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

11 Jul 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Adebayo Fayoyin Reprint

This is part of a series of special stories on world population and challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals on the occasion of World Population Day on July 11.

JOHANNESBURG, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) - An African proverb says “a child that we refuse to build today will end up selling the house that we may build tomorrow.”

The moral of this is clear. Unless we invest in our children and young people today, they might become a threat or a burden in the future.

29 Mar 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

11 Apr 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

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).

07 Dec 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mohamed Abderrahmane

NOUAKCHOTT, Dec 6 2012 (IPS) - Cattle herder Mohamed Ould Bouthiah has seen the future, and he likes what he sees. “Five of my cows are crossbreeds with a European variety, and those five together produce 80 litres of milk a day.”

Bouthiah, 50, says that with a herd of 150 of the local breed of cows, he could only produce 320 litres of milk per day on his farm in Rosso, in the south of Mauritania, but he could produce the same with just 20 of the hybrid cattle.

03 Sep 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mel Frykbg

TRIPOLI, Sep 2 2012 (IPS) - In the aftermath of Libya’s revolution, Libyan fighters and weapons are flooding areas of conflict in neighbouring countries, according to local fighters and officials in several countries.

Libya’s still heavily armed militias continue to sell their weapons on the black market directly to foreign militias from war-ridden countries, or to arms-dealers from third countries who then sell them on to warring factions, they say.

16 Aug 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mohamed Abderrahmane

NOUAKCHOTT, Aug 16 2012 (IPS) - The building is standing empty now, but Fatimetou Mint M’Barkenni is looking forward to when it is again filled with the soft cheeping of day-old chicks. Earlier in the year, she raised a first batch of broiler chickens as part of a pilot project, to boost rural incomes and food security here at Bourate, in rural Mauritania.

“The first brood of chicks I raised was sold in June, and I’m waiting for PROLPRAF to deliver a second batch – there was such strong demand,” said 53-year-old M’Barkenni.

14 Aug 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Souleymane Faye

DAKAR, Aug 14 2012 (IPS) - Military action by West African states against the insurrection in northern Mali would be extremely risky without diplomatic support from neighbouring Algeria and Mauritania, according to International Crisis Group researcher Gilles Yabi.

10 Jul 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mohamed Abderrahmane

NOUAKCHOTT, Jul 10 2012 (IPS) - The sun is beating down on Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, and Habi Amadou Tidjane Diop is a tired and frustrated woman. Seated on an empty upturned bucket, the mother of nine is waiting in a long queue to buy food.

“I got here early because it’s Thursday and I need to buy groceries for both today and Friday – four kilogrammes of rice, two kilos of sugar, four kg of pasta and two litres of oil,” Diop told IPS.

21 Jun 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mohamed Abderrahmane

Jun 20 2012- Fourteen years ago, unemployed and discouraged by a failed business venture, Mohamed Ould Abderrahmane turned to farming. Today the cooperative he set up to grow vegetables on the outskirts of the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, employs several dozen people and provides its members with a handsome income. When he started the Najah cooperative in 1998, Abderrahmane possessed nothing more than an average education and a smattering of training in techniques for growing, drying and preserving vegetables.

31 May 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

Rousbeh Legatis interviews MOHAMED BÉAVOGUI of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

UNITED NATIONS, May 30, 2012 (IPS) - As Africa's Sahel region faces a new food crisis, smallholder famers hold the key to making future development policies sustainable.

16 Feb 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

Kristin Palitza

NOUAKCHOTT, 16 fév (IPS) - Mariem Mint Ahmedou est assise les jambes croisées sur un tapis usé sous une tente rudimentaire construite avec des briques et des morceaux de tissus cousus ensemble, dans un petit village de la Mauritanie. Ses jumeaux de huit mois, Hussein et Hassan, reposent faiblement sur elle.

Les deux enfants souffrent de malnutrition depuis la naissance, parce que leur mère, elle-même malnutrie, n’arrive pas à produire assez de lait maternel pour les nourrir.

15 Feb 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kristin Palitza

NOUAKCHOTT , Feb 15, 2012 (IPS) - Seven out of the eight governments in the Sahel – the arid zone between the Sahara desert in North Africa and Sudan’s Savannas in the south – have taken the unprecedented step of declaring emergencies as 12 million people in the region are threatened by hunger.

13 Feb 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kristin Palitza

NOUAKCHOTT , Feb 10, 2012 (IPS) - Mariem Mint Ahmedou sits cross-legged on a worn-out carpet in a basic tent built with mud bricks and layers of sewn-together fabric. Her eight-month-old twins, Hussein and Hassan, lie weakly against her body. Both of them have been malnourished since birth, because Beydar, undernourished herself, cannot produce enough breast milk to feed them.

03 Oct 2011 description
report Inter Press Service

By Fulgence Zamblé

ABIDJAN, Sep 30, 2011 (IPS) - Sea levels on the coasts of Côte d'Ivoire and other West African countries have risen again this year, devastating houses and other infrastructure. The search for effective solutions is lagging behind accelerating coastal erosion.

For several years now, the third quarter of each year has brought extraordinarily high sea levels in the Gulf of Guinea.

21 Aug 2009 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

STOCKHOLM, Aug 21 (IPS) - The widespread water scarcity in the African continent, impacting on the lives of nearly 300 million people, may be aggravated further by several new threats, including climate change, transboundary disputes and the negative fallout from military conflicts.

Par Granstedt, general secretary of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA), points out that the African continent has contributed least to the emissions causing climate change, but is hardest hit by their effects.

"We need to develop common strategies to …