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BY YEMI AKINSUYI, 6 FEBRUARY 2014
The estimated loss owing to lack of access to safe water and basic sanitation by the African continent is $28.4 billion a year, which is around five per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Cape Town — Although two of every three Africans believe their governments are performing well in the fight against HIV and Aids, fewer approve of their delivery of basic health services and education, and most say governments are failing to provide enough power, water and sanitation.
These are the findings of a new report from Afrobarometer, the 34-country survey which is becoming recognised as Africa's most comprehensive indicator of public opinion.
BY CINDY SHINER, 30 SEPTEMBER 2013
After the agriculture heyday of 30 years ago, the sector got scant attention, especially from African presidents whose nations were well endowed with natural resources, like oil-rich Nigeria. But many African leaders are returning to a focus on what their nations can grow.
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will invest U.S.$787 million (£2.7 billion) to tackle undernutrition – which underlies over three million deaths of young children each year and causes lifelong intellectual and physical damage to another 165 million.
Monrovia — When 17-year-old Sona Traore represented the Child Protection Network of Liberia at a civil society event organized in conjunction with a three-day United Nations meeting in this capital city earlier this month, she knew she was not speaking for Liberian children alone.
"We are now witnessing a true renaissance, an awakening, about malaria," Carlos (Kent) Campbell said when he accepted a lifetime achievement award in November at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Campbell attributed the progress to "a huge global effort". But the award was aimed at recognizing the critical contribution he has made to the development of effective malaria control strategies.
Arusha — Africa's population – in contrast to other regions – is growing significantly younger. How to employ, educate and feed that youth bulge is the topic of a report presented in Dakar, Senegal this weekend at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual forum. South African Minister of Planning Trevor Manuel told the gathering that the three challenges need integrated solutions. Children can't learn, he said, without nutrition. And if they don't learn, they can't get jobs.
By Samantha Nkirote Mckenzie
Arusha — When Dr. Ruth Khasaya Oniang'o, a professor of food science and nutrition, shared advice from her mother at the September 2012 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), it really struck a chord. As a young African woman, I know the importance of a mother's advice - not just of my own, but of African mothers generally.
30 November 2011
Durban — The United Nations climate talks are under way in Durban on Monday amid much skepticism from civil society.
While the delegates and officials battle to reach consensus, civil society groups are mobilising to apply pressure in the hopes of achieving a just, fair and legally binding agreement.
A coalition of African leaders on Monday launched a "scorecard for accountability and action" to track their progress in the fight against malaria, following on successes in battling the disease that claims hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa each year.
The 40-member African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma), which was launched two years ago, aims to bring malaria deaths to near zero across the continent by 2015 in line with United Nations Millennium Development Goals to improve health, reduce poverty and boost development in Africa.
Robert B. Zoellick and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
We have encouraging news out of Africa this week of World Malaria Day, as we take stock of the illnesses and deaths caused by this longtime scourge.
Eleven countries in Africa had slashed the number of confirmed malaria cases, malaria-related hospital admissions or deaths by more than 50 percent by end 2009. When 2010 data becomes available we expect it to show that even more countries have shown similar progress.
Nairobi — The World Bank President Robert Zoellick has urged the international community to do more to tackle the problem of soaring food prices as evidence grows that millions of people in Africa and Asia are facing severe hunger.
Mr Zoellick told the G20 meeting to "put food first" as food prices hovered just shy of their 2008 peak and an estimated additional 44 million people fell into poverty.
Manyewu Mutamba and Leslie Nyagah
Africa's failure to transform its agriculture sector as rapidly as the rest of the developing world has left an abiding legacy of poverty and hunger. A huge increase in the number of people living in absolute poverty underscores the need for urgent attention to measures that could promote agricultural growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Smallholders and pastoralists practicing traditional agriculture comprise 80 percent of all farm holdings in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Andre van Wyk
The Obama administration earlier this year named a former United States Peace Corps volunteer, Aaron S. Williams, as the program's new director. The Peace Corps, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary, draws thousands of Americans who want to work abroad and under the new administration, it is looking at its areas of focus and how best to continue implementing its programs most effectively.
This year, the world will witness a new record, albeit a devastating one: for the first time in our history, over one billion people in the world suffer from daily hunger. That's almost one in every six people on this planet living in fear of starvation.
It is a crisis with far-reaching effects. Hunger weakens immune systems and stunts child development.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) considers gender mainstreaming, or involving women in farming development efforts, an essential component of its efforts to improve food security in Africa. This is especially the case when it comes to economic empowerment. Annina Lubbock is Ifad's senior technical advisor for gender and household food security.
Cape Town - There will be a "sharp increase" in deaths among young children in Africa unless the international community finds a way of stopping the current rise in food prices, warns a top-level review panel set up to monitor whether the world's leaders are meeting their commitments to Africa.
The number of adults dying from infections diseases will also rise, says the panel in a report launched on Monday.
The panel calls on developed countries to review immediately their biofuel subsidies and on all countries to reassess their agricultural policies.