Food Security

Ebola hits West Africa food security

KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. full report

WFP shortfall fuels Afghan funding fears

DUBAI, 10 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a US$40 million deficit for its Afghanistan programmes, as aid agencies fear that foreign troop withdrawal will lead to decreasing budgets for humanitarian action. full report

Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline

BINGA, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult. full report

Ebola's economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens

FREETOWN, 18 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives. full report

Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees

MAROUA (CAMEROON), 17 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe. full report

How to boost food production in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. full report

Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity

STOCKHOLM, 12 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts. full report

“Super-flood” risk Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 11 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable. full report

Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities. full report

Bangladesh floods test disaster response improvements

DHAKA, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Floods triggered by two weeks of intense rain have affected two million people in northern Bangladesh and left up to half a million homeless. While the country’s disaster response capacity has been enhanced in recent years, experts argue that with people displaced and crops destroyed the flooding is testing response mechanisms. full report

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