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  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • West Africa: Farmers in Sahel Learn Ways to Avoid Drought Disaster

    BENIN, 2017/03/12 "We have some very good practices in the region. We just need support to scale them up"
  • Crackdown On Illegal Fishing to Protect Millions of Jobs

    BENIN, 2016/07/18 West Africa nations must crack down on foreign fleets fishing illegally off its Atlantic coastline and build up their fisheries to protect the livelihoods of millions of people, a leading thinktank said on Wednesday. Overfishing by foreign vessels is driving a lot of species towards extinction and destroying the livelihoods of fishing communities in nations such as Ghana, Liberia and Mauritania, said the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
  • Can New Minister Break Liberia's Agriculture Curse?

    LIBERIA, 2015/08/18 In tipping the low-key, Dr. Moses Zinnah, chief of the Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Project, as only her third Minister of Agriculture, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is taking a gamble from within hopes of reviving a sector and Ministry a lot of regard as one of the lowest performers of her presidency. The last two Ministers came from the Diaspora and with high-profile credentials. Dr. J. Chris Toe, had risen from the rank of a professor to chief the U.S.-based Strayer University while Dr. Florence Chenoweth, who had held the position, thirty years before and etched in history as the architect of the infamous 1979 rice riot. Dr. Chenoweth did go on, next her dismissal from the Tolbert government to reinvent herself as an influential world Agriculture development specialist with spells as a visitor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Managing Director of the Wisconsin Human Rights Initiative and Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Liaison Office in New York.
  • Liberia: Chief Karwor Requests Land for Post-Ebola Farming

    LIBERIA, 2014/11/19 The Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor, is urging the Ministry of Internal Affairs to request local officials in each county to provide 250 acres of land for farming next Ebola is kicked out of Liberia. He said the Ministry should instruct County Superintendents to liaise with Statutory District Superintendents to prepare the land for citizens to grow food to avert any post-Ebola food shortages. Chief Karwor observed that next Ebola is wiped out of Liberia, hunger will be the next to attack the country.