Food Security

Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 21 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell. full report

Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon

DAKAR, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers. full report

Food security alarm for east, central Africa

NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Burundi flood victims need more help

BUJUMBURA, 6 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of people displaced by floods and a mudslide in the Burundian capital Bujumbura and surrounding areas in February 2014 need more help to reconstruct their homes and livelihoods, aid workers say. full report

Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"

DAKAR, 4 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More donor support is needed to help close the US$1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

Latest innovations in cash transfers

LONDON, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Five years ago, delivering food aid was all about hauling cargoes of wheat, rice and maize around the world. Today, instead of queuing for rations, recipients are quite likely to be given the means to buy their own food. As the cash transfer sector matures, IRIN spoke to experts to discuss the latest innovations and lessons learned. full report

Tobacco-curing eats up Zimbabwe's forests

HARARE, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While, smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for human beings growing it has been good for Zimbabwe's economy and its farmers. Now, however, both the government and farmers have become increasingly aware that tobacco farming also comes at a great cost to the environment. full report

Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security

PHNOM PENH, 28 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say. full report

New permits offer few gains for resettled Zimbabwean farmers

HARARE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Newly introduced land permits for resettled smallholder farmers will bring little gain to the thousands of beneficiaries who are struggling to get loans from banks to finance their operations, say farmers’ organizations and analysts. full report

Building food security in Ethiopia

AFAR (NORTHEASTERN ETHIOPIA) , 18 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), set up in 2005, aims to make fully food secure the millions of people still dependent on food aid, provide support to the vulnerable to prevent the depletion of livestock, and create productive assets at community level. But nearly a decade on and over US$3 billion spent, how successful has it been? full report

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