Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Nearly a third of all people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity now, and that’s expected to “rapidly deteriorate to massive proportions” in 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The FAO issued an assessment report Monday explaining that harvest time in South Sudan traditionally means…

Ethiopia: hunger levels rising

Ethiopia: hunger levels rising

Save the Children has warned that Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in half a century. This comes only days before the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Due to the El Nino induced drought conditions which began in June last year the country is suffering; 10.2…

Empowering women to aid in food security in Africa

Today the African Union reported that women are key to both helping to produce food in African countries anchoring the rural economies as well as purchasing and preparing the food for their families. However, whilst many women play such a large role in growing the economy and supporting the lives…

Addressing food security in Zimbabwe

The United Nations in Zimbabwe has sent out an appeal to humanitarian and development organizations to help raise $86 million that they say is urgently needed, reported the UN News Service. The money will help fill the gap between the $132 million needed for the food security response plan and…

Role of agribusiness and opportunities for young Africans

Over the past decade the agricultural sector in Africa has received increased attention from policymakers, researchers, foreign investors, and the development community. Agriculture has been well established as a prominent driver of economic growth and an effective method to reduce poverty and increase food security. However, the majority of agricultural…

Suresh Chandra Babu and Caitlin Shaw

International Food Policy Research Institute.