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01 Aug 2005 description


Food aid is beginning to flow into Niger, where some 2.9 million people face food shortages.
By Abraham McLaughlin and Christian Allen Purefoy

15 Nov 2002 description

This is not the same old story of drought equals famine in Africa. This time, there is hunger in the huts for reasons that have little to do with the weather.

Christian Science Monitor staff writer Danna Harman and staff photographer Andy Nelson spent three weeks traveling in Southern Africa, delving into the causes of the growing food crisis. Amid the desperation, they found a determination to address the primarily manmade problems. This is the last in a four-part series.

By Danna Harman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

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14 Nov 2002 description

This is not the same old story of drought equals famine in Africa. This time, there is hunger in the huts for reasons that have little to do with the weather.

Christian Science Monitor correspondent Danna Harman and staff photographer Andy Nelson spent three weeks traveling in Southern Africa, delving into the causes of the growing food crisis. Amid the desperation, they found a determination to address the primarily manmade problems.

13 Nov 2002 description

Editor's note: Monitor staff correspondent Danna Harman and staff photographer Andy Nelson spent three weeks in southern Africa, looking at the causes behind widespead food shortages facing six nations. This is the second in a four-part series.

By Danna Harman

Last May, with signs of a food crisis in Southern Africa growing, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) rented out a two-story building in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa. Gray carpeting was rolled out, cubicles were erected, coffeemakers wheeled in, computers hooked up, and ID badges handed out.

12 Nov 2002 description

First in a four-part series looking at six African nations on the brink

By Danna Harman

The Liberty Grace set sail from Louisiana on a hot, sticky evening in late August. Capt. John Codispoti and his crew steered downriver to the mouth of the Mississippi, across the Gulf of Mexico, and in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, hit the open ocean and turned toward Africa.

17 Sep 2002 description

Despite ongoing controversy, genetically modified foods have won a firm place in farm fields and stores because of their benefits, such as high productivity and better resistance to pests.

Many critics, however, still feel these new types of organisms haven't been adequately tested for their long-term effects on human health or, perhaps more significantly, their effects on nonengineered plant species.

This debate has surfaced with a vengeance in Southern Africa, where six countries and 13 million people face famine. Some of those countries have resisted Western food aid - notably …

26 Aug 2002 description

By Nicole Itano, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

LWIMBA, ZAMBIA - Cecilia Moya and her daughters rise each day in the early light of dawn to work their fields before the midday heat. For two hours, they kneel in the earth, carefully digging small, rectangular holes in the parched winter soil that will nurture their seeds when the rains come.

Here in Lwimba, sparse rainfall has led to dwindling food supplies. But Mrs.

06 Aug 2002 description

A shipment of grain sits in South Africa as 12 million people in the region face shortages.

By Nicole Itano | Special to The Christian Science Monitor

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Under a grass-thatched shelter just off the main road that heads east from Lusaka, Josephine Musopelo waits with neighbors for the return of her husband. Two days ago, he left for Zambia's capital city, some 35 miles away, in search of food for his hungry village.

23 Jul 2002 description

The US pledges $98 million to help with the worst drought since 1992.

By Howard LaFranchi | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON - A decade after a devastating drought in southern Africa put reports of famine in American living rooms, the wrenching photos may be about to flood TV screens again.

16 Jul 2002 description


Nations are skeptical of aiding the African food crisis because of corrupt government leadership.

By Nicole Itano, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - For almost six months, the World Food Program has been warning of an impending disaster in southern Africa, where at least seven countries are facing severe food shortages, but international donors have been slow to respond.

06 Feb 2002 description

By Robert I. Rotberg

ZOMBA, MALAWI - Hunger is again stalking Southern Africa. Throughout the length of the already-impoverished nation of Malawi, there is no maize, the staple food. Cassava, a substitute stomach filler, is also hard to find. So are yams. Moreover, no one seems to be doing anything to avert the coming starvation. Officials deny the seriousness of the situation.

Here, on the rainy slopes of towering Mt.