Food security

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Cholera resurgent in Guinea-Bissau

DAKAR, 16 August 2013 (IRIN) – More than 700 people have been sickened by cholera in Guinea-Bissau, the highest number of cases so far this year in West Africa, which has nonetheless seen a significant drop in cases this year compared to 2012. Isolated health centres, insufficient medical personnel and detrimental traditional beliefs have contributed … Continue reading

Drought response lags behind need in southern Angola

ONDJIVA, 14 August 2013 (IRIN) – At a traditional homestead in Chiede commune, in southern Angola’s drought-stricken Cunene Province, four tired, dusty children rest in the shade of a thatched hut. They have just returned from a journey to fetch water that has taken them most of the morning; the task will have to be … Continue reading

A Year After Crisis in the Sahel, Key Challenges Remain

By Paula Assou   Since the 2012 hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, conditions have improved but an estimated 11.3 million people remain threatened by hunger and 1.5 million are at risk of acute malnutrition. International support for the humanitarian response has been unprecedented but remains insufficient. In 2012, 18 million people … Continue reading

What women farmers want to know

by Caity Peterson, Lucy can hardly contain her excitement. A farmer from Dazuuri village, in Ghana’s Upper West Region, she is positive on just about everything. But this topic is one of her favourites: composting. It is a new technique she learned from training with local agricultural extension officers, and it has revolutionised the way … Continue reading

Hunger warning for Guinea-Bissau as cashew price dips

DAKAR, 18 July 2013 (IRIN) – A slump in cashew nut prices in Guinea-Bissau has left nearly half of the population eking out food, with families skipping meals or selling livestock to survive until the next harvest in September, aid groups say. The average price per kg of cashews is 112 CFA francs (two US … Continue reading

Cuban food ration system marks 50 years amid controversy

by Rosa Tania Valdes HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s food-rationing system marked 50 years on Friday amid controversy, with President Raul Castro facing popular resistance to his plans to end the benefit as he moves the country from broad subsidies of goods and utilities to targeted welfare. Castro quickly began market-oriented reforms in 2008 after he … Continue reading

Food insecurity threatens 1.2 million in Uganda’s northeast

KAMPALA, 10 July 2013 (IRIN) – A deteriorating food security situation in Uganda’s northeastern region of Karamoja could affect an estimated 1.2 million people, according to reports from the government and aid agencies. A June 2013 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, carried out by food security partners and led by the Ministry of … Continue reading

Pakistan’s coast – where the sea is an enemy not a friend

KETI BUNDER, 11 July 2013 (IRIN) – On a theoretical level, climate change and sea intrusion are not things Din Muhammad Chandio, a fisherman and farmer, understands much about. But practically-speaking Chandio has seen them push him deeper into poverty in the town of Keti Bunder in Thatta District on the coast of Pakistan’s Sindh … Continue reading

“Moment of hope” as U.N. to help 60,000 Somali refugees go home

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI, July 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tens of thousands of Somali refugees have returned home as security in their homeland has improved, the United Nations said on Wednesday, saying it would support a further 60,000 refugees who are ready to go back. The number of refugees from Somalia – 1.1 million … Continue reading

Exaggerated hopes for Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference?

SANA’A, 10 July 2013 (IRIN) – Four months into their six-month mandate, the 565 Yemenis taking part in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) know they have their work cut out to agree the blueprint for a new Yemen. While the drawing up of a new constitution ahead of presidential elections scheduled for early next year … Continue reading