Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Nirit Ben-Ari – SpyGhana – Tuesday, 08 April 2014 (originally published 06 Apr) Do land, seeds and crops havea gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture […]

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Zvishavane, ZIMBABWE, EASTERN AFRICA: With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be […]

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: In the absence of decisive action to significantly cut the emission of earth-warming greenhouse gases, most poor countries have resigned themselves to adapting to the effects of climate change. But as recent data show, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in […]

Environmentally friendly farming brings greater food security to Africa

Environmentally friendly farming brings greater food security to Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/UN) Rome, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: An environmentally-friendly farming model can help significantly increase cassava yields and help turn it into a staple 21st century crop, the United Nations food agency said today. In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that cassava output has increased by 60 per cent […]

Stemming malnutrition worldwide cannot work with “short-term” strategies

Stemming malnutrition worldwide cannot work with “short-term” strategies

Mark Tran – WNN Improve It (WNN/GDN) AFRICA: Human rights are the most powerful tool to ensure efforts against hunger and malnutrition tackle structural causes and are not reduced to short-term strategies, civil society groups said in a report published on Tuesday. Who Decides About Global Food and Nutrition? – Strategies to Regain Control argues […]

Food crisis in South Sudan can impact millions

Food crisis in South Sudan can impact millions

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNS): South Sudan, AFRICA: Two United Nations agencies warned last week that millions of people in South Sudan are facing worsening hunger and called for urgent action to improve food security through adequate food aid and projects to boost agricultural production. An estimated one million of those affected are facing severe food shortages, […]

Rural women Cameroon work with environment for sustainable farming

Rural women Cameroon work with environment for sustainable farming

Wendi Bernadette Losha (as told to Leocadia Bongben) – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) CAMEROON: As a coordinator with ACTWID-Kongadzem (a non-governmental, non-denominational and non-profit-making organisation) I am going to COP17 (the ‘Conference of Parties’) in Durban to represent rural Cameroonian women’s views on climate change and what we need to change to farm sustainably. Agriculture as […]