Food Security

Ebola: Liberia's long road to recovery

BO-WATERSIDE, LIBERIA, 4 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Liberia has lifted nationwide curfews and reopened its land borders with key trading partners Sierra Leone and Guinea, but a full recovery from the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak will take time. Many people have lost their jobs and more than 80 percent of rural families and three-quarters of urban households now report being food insecure. full report

Disaster warnings ignored in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Lives and livelihoods are being lost unnecessarily in Sri Lanka because local communities are ignoring disaster warnings. More than 70 people died in the last two months of 2014 as a result of floods and landslides while the earlier part of the year was marked by a prolonged drought, severely impacting the rice harvest. full report

A map of hunger in 2015 - where to watch

LONDON, 17 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - An interactive map of countries that are likely to face major food shortages in 2015. full report

How Boko Haram brought hunger to northern Cameroon

Maroua, 28 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than half a million people in Cameroon’s Far North region are in need of urgent food aid, the government says, as attacks by militant group Boko Haram have forced farmers to abandon their fields, shut down local markets, and halted the movement of people and goods. full report

After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak. full report

WEF: What to watch

DUBAI, 21 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting kicks off in Davos on Wednesday. Here's a quick guide to some of the panels of interest to humanitarians. full report

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

Cows and conflict: South Sudan's “slow motion” livestock crisis

KAMPALA, 15 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - On top of thousands of human casualties, South Sudan's civil war has had a major impact on the movement and health of vast numbers of livestock, in a way that has sparked fresh violence and threatens the country's social, political and economic fabric. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Time for re-think on humanitarian funding?

DUBAI, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is among many agencies struggling to raise enough money to support the growing number of vulnerable people caught up in crises around the world. Aid experts say the humanitarian funding system needs an overhaul. full report

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