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17 Oct 2017 description

by Jerome Bossuet | @JeromeandAlina | ICRISAT
Monday, 16 October 2017 16:07 GMT

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Most Nigeriens depend on farming but widespread soil degradation and climate variability make it difficult to sustain a family all year long.

17 Oct 2017 description

by Justus Wanzala | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 16 October 2017 15:30 GMT

Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say

MATUNGULU, Kenya, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The onset of long rains in Matungulu, a sub-county of Machakos County in eastern Kenya, heralds a race against time for local farmers.

17 Oct 2017 description

by Alex Whiting | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 16 October 2017 11:59 GMT

Hunger levels have begun to rise for the first time in a decade, the United Nations says

ROME, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wars and climate change are two major causes of hunger, so the plight that now affects 815 million people should not be treated as "an incurable disease", Pope Francis said on World Food Day.

Hunger levels have begun to rise for the first time in a decade, the United Nations says. Here are some key facts:

13 Oct 2017 description

by Yasmin Bendaas

CHEMORA, Algeria, Oct 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Squinting under a relentless sun, Houssin Ghodbane watches his son tend a flock of 120 of their sheep. Heads bowed, the sheep slowly search for sparse vegetation poking through the parched, crunchy soil.

Fifty-year-old Ghodbane, his tanned face etched with deep lines, has been herding sheep for 20 years, having inherited the job and land from his father. But in this dry region, worsening cycles of drought are posing new challenges to an old profession.

12 Oct 2017 description

People making $1,000 a year or less are most likely to die in disasters, research shows

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fatalities and economic losses from severe weather are rising in many of the world's poorest countries as climate change and a lack of disaster preparedness worsen threats, risk experts said.

Over the last 35 years, 60 percent of weather-related deaths globally were among people who earn $1,000 a year or less, said Ernst Rauch, a strategy expert at German reinsurance firm Munich Re.