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US food aid: Charity begins at home
30 July 2015 (IRIN ), More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid.
A map of hunger in 2015 - where to watch
17 February 2015 (IRIN ), An interactive map of countries that are likely to face major food shortages in 2015.
PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor
Food security alarm for east, central Africa
13 August 2014 (IRIN ), Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.
Kenyan irrigation scheme offers solutions but raises questions
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), One of the largest irrigation schemes in Kenya’s history, the recently launched 400,000-hectare Galana-Kulalu Food Security Project, will focus on the production of crops, livestock and fish for both domestic consumption and export.
Getting food aid right
1 March 2013 (IRIN ), Despite early warning information about the Horn of Africa’s impending drought crisis in 2011, humanitarian responses were slow to mobilize, leading to tens of thousands of deaths in the region and famine in parts of Somalia.
ETHIOPIA-SOMALIA: The cost of being a good neighbour
12 November 2012 (IRIN ), Ethiopians would like to continue to be good Samaritans to the hundreds of thousands seeking refuge from drought and conflict in neighbouring Somalia, but massive camps in fragile environments have sparked concern among both the government and the people sharing space with the refugees.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Farmers too hungry to adapt
14 September 2012 (IRIN ), Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time - in some cases for up to half the year in Ethiopia's Borana region - are failing to find ways to adapt to an increasingly erratic climate, a new survey has found.
ETHIOPIA: Food security and the Meles' legacy
22 August 2012 (IRIN ), During his two decades in power, Meles Zenawi committed himself to ending Ethiopia’s dependence on food aid. With his death, IRIN looks at his legacy in promoting food self-sufficency and fighting rural poverty in a country historically associated with drought and environmental stress.
UGANDA: Weaning Karamoja off food aid
9 August 2012 (IRIN ), Uganda's arid northeastern Karamoja region has been dependent on food aid for decades, but new programmes by the government and its partners aim to bring an end to the cycle of relief and see the traditionally nomadic Karimojong become more self-sufficient through more settled livelihoods.
UGANDA: Urgent funding needed to stem devastating banana wilt
12 June 2012 (IRIN ), Lack of funding has stalled a campaign to eliminate a deadly bacterial banana wilt disease that has spread to "worrying levels" in Uganda, threatening the food security of up to 14 million consumers of bananas as a staple food, say scientists.
HORN OF AFRICA: Greater food insecurity forecast
5 April 2012 (IRIN ), Food insecurity in the eastern Horn of Africa is expected to worsen as a result of less rain than previously forecast falling in the key March-to-May season.
ETHIOPIA: Late rains threaten food security
30 March 2012 (IRIN ), Late and erratic mid-February to May (`Belg') rains could significantly reduce crop yields in central and southern Ethiopia and adversely affect food security, warn officials.
HORN OF AFRICA: Drought warning prompts call for early action
29 February 2012 (IRIN ), Drought is likely to return to Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa over the next three months, say regional climate scientists meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The forecast comes just weeks after the UN declared the Somali “famine” over.
HORN: Poor rains again this season?*
10 February 2012 (IRIN ), The climatic conditions linked to the drought in the Horn in 2011 have persisted, and some early warning officials say the aid community should brace themselves for a possible re-run of last year's food crisis.
SLIDESHOW: Living on the edge in Kenya's Turkana region
27 January 2012 (IRIN ), The 850,000 residents of northwestern Kenya's vast and parched Turkana region face some of the most inhospitable living conditions on Earth.
SOMALIA: ICRC suspends aid deliveries
12 January 2012 (IRIN ), One of the few aid agencies excluded from a ban imposed by Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia has suspended food and seed distributions to 1.1m people in the south and centre of the country after local authorities repeatedly blocked its deliveries.
KENYA-SOMALIA: Dadaab leaders flee after killings, threats*
9 January 2012 (IRIN ), Several community leaders among the 463,000 residents of the world’s largest refugee complex have left the facility in eastern Kenya, fearing for their safety after the killing of two of their colleagues.
HORN & EASTERN AFRICA: Drought highlights in 2011
30 December 2011 (IRIN ), Severe drought, exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
TECHNOLOGY: IRIN's pick of the year 2011
29 December 2011 (IRIN ), Computers and mobile phones are already essential to humanitarian planning, and 2011 saw the growth of technology-based humanitarian interventions, from the use of GPS (global positioning systems) to provide early weather warnings to real-time health reporting.

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