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Zimbabwe short-changing its small-scale farmers
28 January 2014 (IRIN ), A Zimbabwe state mechanism designed to promote food security is being blamed for exacerbating the country’s chronic food shortages.
Briefing: ADF-NALU militia in DRC
27 January 2014 (IRIN ), On 16 January, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) army (FARDC) launched an operation in the eastern Kivu region of Beni to neutralize the Islamic Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU) militia, whose prominence has been growing amid fears of its links with global terrorist movements. The FARDC offensive, dubbed ‘Sokola’, meaning to “clean out” in the Lingala language, follows the successful November routing out of the M23 militia after a joint UN-FARDC exercise.
Living without the state in Cairo’s slums
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), For the residents of the Middle East and Africa’s largest city, Cairo, 2013 ended with the often repeated government promise to finally provide basic services and development in the slums, where half of the city’s residents live.
Enduring HIV stigma in Cameroon
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), People living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, which has the highest prevalence of the disease in West and Central Africa, endure widespread stigma, with some facing difficulties obtaining bank loans or suffering mistreatment at hospitals, patients and observers say.
Analysis: Turning to ancient diets to alleviate modern ills
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases are prompting health experts and indigenous activists to highlight a need to revert to the diets of our ancestors to regain lost nutrients. This would also assist in improving society's relationship with the earth, and to restoring both human and environmental health.
Mozambique’s small-scale fishermen battle headwinds
22 January 2014 (IRIN ), Invasive species, illegal fishing practices and Mozambique’s difficulty in translating its rapid economic growth into jobs are squeezing the country’s small-scale fishing sector - a vital contributor to food security.
Abuses lead to calls for accountability in South Sudan
21 January 2014 (IRIN ), The UN warned this month that acts committed by both sides in the South Sudan crisis could amount to crimes against humanity, and urged parties engaged in peace talks to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability for the violence.
Doubts over Uganda’s military intervention in South Sudan
17 January 2014 (IRIN ), The Ugandan parliament’s retroactive authorization of a military intervention in neighbouring South Sudan has elicited considerable criticism from activists and analysts.
Seeking post-poll stability in Guinea-Bissau
16 January 2014 (IRIN ), Guinea-Bissau will hold elections on 16 March to end yet another post-coup regime, with many hoping the polls will help calm an internecine and drawn-out instability. Observers believe that a political coalition and deeper commitment by the international community after the polls can shore up the country's recovery.
Briefing: What analysts are saying about South Sudan's crisis
16 January 2014 (IRIN ), Since violence first broke out on 15 December, the conflict in South Sudan has left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Representatives of President Salva Kiir and his rival, former vice president Riek Machar, are meeting in Addis Ababa to attempt to negotiate a settlement and a cease-fire. Meanwhile, think tanks, academics and experts have been scrambling to explain the causes of the bitter acrimony and bloodshed that has engulfed the country.

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