Food Security

Ready or not - drought tests Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 27 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Herding weary sheep up a dusty path, Hussein Boru knows he won’t find green pastures. He’s just looking for the minimum to keep his flock fed in drought-hit eastern Ethiopia. full report

Aid to Syrians: how far does it go?

BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do. full report

Food prices rise sharply after fighting disrupts Afghan harvest

CHARDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan, 24 November 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Food prices are shooting up in Afghanistan as the harvest has been halted in the country’s breadbasket in the northern province of Kunduz, where farmers have fled fighting and fields are infested with explosives. full report

How bad is the drought in Ethiopia?

LONDON, 19 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it? full report

Survival on Sinjar mountain

MOUNT SINJAR, 22 October 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The Yazidis' dramatic flight from the so-called Islamic State to a mountaintop in northwestern Iraq brought the minority to international attention a year ago. Now, thousands are still on top of Mount Sinjar, largely forgotten and getting by with little help from the outside world. full report

Is the Yemen peace deal for real?

GENEVA, 8 October 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are committed to peace, but is the deal for real? IRIN asks the experts. full report

Slideshow: Surviving in the Sudd

KOCH COUNTY, 30 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - A month after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal aimed at ending South Sudan's two-year civil war there is still intermittent fighting in some of the nation's most far-flung and violent places. full report

Aid freeze promises hard winter in Ukraine

BUDAPEST, 29 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - At the end of May, we reported on the desperate situation facing civilians in eastern Ukraine, trapped near the frontline in rebel-held parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions with little or no access to basic services. Four months later, winter is approaching and another lifeline has just been taken away. full report

Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza

KADUNA, 28 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences. full report

Millions going hungry because of Boko Haram

ABUJA/DAKAR, 11 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Ongoing attacks by Boko Haram have left millions of people in Western and Central Africa without enough food to eat. full report

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