food security

South Sudanese turn to roots and leaves

File photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAThousands of people who fled fighting in South Sudan's Lote state, have resorted to eating leaves and roots as they battle hunger, a Catholic priest in the East Africa country has said.

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Agriculture: Beetles threaten Ugandan coffee crop

File photo©Moises Castillo/AP/SIPA Shrinking forest cover and climate change threaten Uganda's coffee industry by creating conditions for the destructive black twig borer beetle to spread into plantations, an official said on Wednesday.

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Wildlife and food security as drones keep watch

A hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers, Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Cordova, Md, U.S. Photo© Alex Brandon/AP/SIPADrones are being used in Africa today to track poachers, to gather vital agricultural information to help farmers with their crops, and as an intelligence tool to help the military anticipate and prepare against danger.

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World Bank donates $100 million to Ethiopia's drought relief effort

Ethiopia is currently experiencing the worst drought in 50 years. Photo©Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPAThe World Bank Group has approved a $100 million fund to support Ethiopian government's response to the ongoing drought.

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Zimbabwe: Fears over introduction of new bond notes trigger panic buying, hoarding

Some fear the cash crisis might result in serious food shortages like what happened at the height of Zimbabwe's economic collapse between 2007 and 2008. Photo©AP/SIPACrippling cash shortages in Zimbabwe have triggered panic buying and hoarding of basic food commodities, as locals fear a return of shortages.

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Uganda: Poor grain storage causing cancer

The head of a top agricultural organisation has warned Ugandans that poorly stored grain may expose them to cancer.

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Ghana peasant farmers resist new GMOs law

File Photo©ReutersGhana's peasant farmers have reacted angrily to government's moves to introduce a new law promoting the production of genetically modified seeds and animal breeds without adequate consultations.

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El Nino: Farmers warned the worst is yet to come

Cereal production by region (million tonnes)Shifts in the warm waters in the Pacific Ocean – known as El Niño – are increasing food insecurity and causing droughts and floods across Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Looming South Africa bread price increase angers labour

Photo©ReutersSouth Africans bearing the brunt of rising cost of living now have to contend with a 10 percent increase in the price of bread following an adjustment in import duty for wheat.

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Food Security: Ethiopia seeking almost 500,000 tonnes of wheat -trade

File photo©ReutersThe Ethiopian government has issued an international tender to buy around 499,000 tonnes of milling wheat sourced from optional origins as the country continues purchases following a serious drought, European traders said on Tuesday.

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Zimbabwe: About 4 million people need food aid after drought

The number of Zimbabweans requiring food aid has risen to 4 million, up from 3 million initially, a state-owned newspaper said on Tuesday, as the southern African nation grapples with its worst drought in more than two decades.

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Climate change: Scientists say time is running out to protect Africa's food supply

Photo©ReutersWithout action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday.

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World Bank sees risk of recession in South Africa

South Africa is at risk of slipping into recession this year while growth should recover slightly in 2017 as the weaker rand helps to boost exports, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

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Ethiopia needs $245m for urgent food aid

Ethiopia needs $245 million in the next three weeks to prevent starvation by the end of April, a charity organisation Save the Children has warned.

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Zimbabwe sends begging bowl for $1.5bn as drought bites

Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson MnangagwaZimbabwe has appealed for $1.5 billion to feed close to three million people facing starvation due to a severe drought induced by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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Ethiopia: USAID gives more financial assistance amid humanitarian crisis

The United States aid agency (USAID) has pledged $97 million in emergency assistance for Ethiopia to help address the on-going humanitarian crisis triggered by an El Nino-induced drought.

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UN chief's plea to donors to save Ethiopia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo©ReutersUnited Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has urged the international community to help Ethiopia overcome effects of a devastating drought that has spawned massive food shortages.

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South Africa: Maize crop harvest forecast falls

File photo©ReutersSouth African government agency, Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) says the country will likely harvest 7.44 million tonnes of maize in 2016, 25 percent less than the 9.94 million tonnes reaped, as record-high temperatures and drought continue to plague its agricultural sector.

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Zimbabwe gets $200 million Afreximbank loan to import maize

File photo©ReutersZimbabwe has secured a $200 million loan from Africa Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) to import maize following a drought that will see 10 percent of the population facing hunger, the central bank governor said on state radio on Friday.

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Ethiopia tenders to buy 70,000 tonnes wheat -trade

The Ethiopian government has issued an international tender to purchase 70,000 tonnes of milling wheat, European traders said on Monday.

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