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Trading away West Africa’s hunger
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99810/Trading-away-West-Africa-s-hunger
Ukraine clouds global food price forecasts
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), The political crisis in Ukraine, the world’s third biggest exporter of maize, could affect global prices of the grain and global reserves in the 2014- 2015 season, say experts. The US Grain Council said in a recent statement that shipments from the Ukraine, which exports to North Africa, the Middle East and China, are “becoming increasingly difficult”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99808/Ukraine-clouds-global-food-price-forecasts
Regional interests at stake in the South Sudan crisis
19 March 2014 (IRIN ), Uganda’s military intervention in South Sudan has prompted warnings that the crisis in the world’s youngest state could escalate into a regional conflict. But what are the interests of South Sudan’s neighbours? What are they doing to further them? And how will their actions affect efforts to end the fighting?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99802/Regional-interests-at-stake-in-the-South-Sudan-crisis
Sending the CAR militias home*
19 March 2014 (IRIN ), The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has said it wants to identify, disarm and demobilize the anti-balaka militias, many of whom are members of the army. A proposal to place some of them in camps before sending them home has met with scepticism from African Union and French military leaders.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99803/Sending-the-CAR-militias-home
West Africa scores high in disaster risk
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Researchers at the Madrid-based humanitarian research non-profit DARA have developed a new methodology, the risk reduction index, that they say could help more countries assess and reduce the risk of natural hazards and disasters. But an assessment using the index, carried out in six West African countries, found pervasive risks and limited capacity to reduce vulnerability.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99778/West-Africa-scores-high-in-disaster-risk
Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due to access hurdles and political sensitivities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99783/Humanitarian-response-gap-grows-in-northern-Nigeria
How equal rights boost food security
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99792/How-equal-rights-boost-food-security
CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon
12 March 2014 (IRIN ), Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99770/CAR-refugees-overwhelm-Cameroon
Analysis: Reconciliation looks remote in Egypt
5 March 2014 (IRIN ), The seven months since July’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt have been among the most violent and divisive in recent times, analysts say, as much of society polarizes along pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and pro-army lines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99742/Analysis-Reconciliation-looks-remote-in-Egypt
Unravelling Zimbabwe's "food crisis"
4 March 2014 (IRIN ), Is there a food crisis in Zimbabwe? The UN says 2.2 million people will be in need of food assistance until the end of March, based on a 2013 government-led joint survey by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). But the government is now questioning those findings.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99737/Unravelling-Zimbabwe-s-food-crisis

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