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 […]

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The role of nutrition and food security for global child survival has brought what aid experts call a ‘vital discussion’ to the table as a global nutrition-focused event last weekend brought 45,000 people, as well as USAID, the United States humanitarian assistance agency, together with some of […]

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 […]

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 […]

LIBERIA: Woman President Sirleaf outlines progress and goals

LIBERIA: Woman President Sirleaf outlines progress and goals

WNN – MDG Stories Liberia goes to the polls in October, but what is the government doing about the most pressing concerns of its electorate? Since taking office in early 2006 as Africa‘s first elected woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become a prominent leader in a tough job. A quarter-century of political turmoil, including 14 […]