Thousands Face Hunger and Pray for Enough Rain in Malawi

Drought in MalawiCharity Chimungu Phiri,  Jan 18 2016 (IPS): – It is 9 am in the morning but the scorching sun makes it feel like mid-afternoon. This type of weather is what experts are calling El Nino; a heat wave that is affecting countries in southern and eastern Africa.
Since El Nino hit, Malawi has experienced no rain for at least three weeks, leaving people in despair and in fear of going hungry again this year. Malawi has only one rainy season which begins in November and ends in April. When El Nino hit, most people had planted their maize (the country’s staple food) while others had even applied fertiliser. Continue reading

African leaders must not sell off agricultural land

African FarmlandThe New Age: The struggle for Africa’s independence from its colonial rulers has always been centred on land and the natural resources beneath. Today, water and land are valuable resources that are being sold and leased to multinational companies by African governments and this leaves our people without land to farm and less water available for their agricultural projects.

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Somalia: Illegal fishing by foreign fishermen reaches all-time high

Somalia illegal fishing22-September :A new report  shows that foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Somali waters by foreign fleets is reducing fish stocks, and has caused widespread resentment among Somali coastal communities, threatening renewed maritime insecurity.The report Securing Somali Fisheries, shows that foreign industrial IUU fishing vessels catch over 132,000 metric tons of fish each year, while the Somali artisanal fleet catches only 40,000 metric tons. Continue reading

African Development Bank to become one of Green Climate Fund’s agencies to channel climate finance to Africa

untitled (5)The African Development Bank is working hard to join the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) seven accredited agencies in order to become a key implementing agency to channel funding to the continent. In a move which brings the Green Climate Fund one step closer to financing adaptation and mitigation projects in developing countries, the GCF Board accredited seven entities at its March 2015 Board meeting. These organizations are now eligible to submit project funding proposals for consideration later this year. Continue reading

Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation

Photo2--629x323Naresh Newar/Kanya D’Almeida 17 Apr 2015 (IPS) – At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility. this is the time of day when wild animals gather near the water. Not far away, a swamp deer takes its bath at the river’s edge. Continue reading

Africa: Local political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land

images (6)17 April Jeffrey Moyo  (IPS) – There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people being displaced by the affluent and  powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists say. “Our forefathers cried foul during colonialism when their land was grabbed by colonialists more than a century ago, but today history repeats itself, with our own political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land,” Claris Madhuku, director of the Platform for Youth Development (PYD), a democracy lobby group in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Des haricots biofortifiés pour combattre la ‘faim cachée’

thS75WFEADFabíola Ortiz , IPS, 8 mars 2015:  Joane Nkuliye se considère comme une militante. Elle fait partie d’un groupe restreint de fermiers qui produisent de cultures biofortifiées à une échelle commerciale au Rwanda. Nkuliye possède 25 hectares dans le district de Nyagatare, dans la Province orientale, à deux heures de route de la capitale, Kigali. Le gouvernement lui a offert cette terre et elle y a emménagé en 2000, avec des plans d’élever le bétail. Continue reading

Scores killed, and 70,000 homeless as floods hit Malawi and Mozambique

floods_in_malawiThe Malawi government has declared half the country a disaster zone and appealed for international humanitarian help after torrential rains killed at least 48 people, left 70,000 homeless, and destroyed bridges and roads.

Downpours and flooding have also hit neighbouring Mozambique, where 25 schoolchildren were swept away by torrents on Monday, and where 18 other people have been reported missing. Continue reading