WHO focuses on food safety to reduce preventable deaths

WHO focuses on food safety to reduce preventable deaths

The World Health Organization is promoting the first-ever World Food Safety Day, a United Nations initiative rooted in the theme that “food safety is everyone’s business.” Every year, an estimated 600 million people become ill after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Unsafe food also hinders…

Mourning ET302 victims as UNEA begins in Nairobi

Mourning ET302 victims as UNEA begins in Nairobi

The weeklong United Nations Environment Assembly began in Nairobi on Monday with a moment of silence for the 157 victims aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which crashed near its origination at Addis Ababa on Sunday with dozens of UN staffers, global delegates and participants on board.  Acting UN Environment director…

Locust swarms present risk to Red Sea nations

Horn of Africa nations continue their battles with a desert locust outbreak that is affecting the Red Sea region, where February rains have promoted a second generation of the insect breeding that began in December. New swarms are expected to form at the end of the month. “Once vegetation begins…

The dust in the wind: Africa’s efforts to restore degraded land

African dust has been getting a lot of media attention in Europe and the United States, as it contributes to everything from the yellow-tinged skies of Portugal during the recent Iberian Peninsula heat wave to the suppression of storm formation in this year’s slow Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. It is…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Report focuses on preventing North African drought

Nations in North Africa need to become more proactive in preventing drought before it happens in what is one of the world’s most water-scarce regions. That’s according to a report released Friday by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released in conjunction with World Day to Combat Desertification and…

Somalia: World Bank approves USD$50 million for drought emergency

The World Bank has approved USD$50 million in grant funding to assist with the drought and famine response, and provide humanitarian aid to Somalia. The Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP) will be coordinated through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Food…

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…