Food Security

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

Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers

HARARE, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices. full report

Gaza blockade - no signs of loosening

DUBAI, 2 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards. full report

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