Source: International Rescue Committee |

Over 2 million Kenyans face acute hunger due to drought in Kenya, warns IRC

At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report

The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs following months of droughts in parts of Kenya. At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report. Due to the poor rainfall and low crop production, 2.1 million…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Côte d'Ivoire: African Development Bank Mission Assesses Progress of Yamoussoukro Agro-industrial Project

The African Development Bank has provided $121 million in financing to the Bélier agro-industrial cluster

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Beth Dunford, led a mission to Cote d’Ivoire’s capital Yamoussoukro, on 16 September to assess progress on a Bank-supported agro-industrial cluster in Bélier. The mission, that included Marie-Laure Akin Olugbade, Director General for West Africa and Bank…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

UNGA 2021: The World has the Resources to End Hunger, African Development Bank Head tells UN Food Systems Summit

The welfare of the 70% of Africa’s population working in agriculture and agribusiness is a barometer of the state of the continent’s health

“The world has the resources to end hunger,” African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina (www.AfDB.org) said in a message on the first day of the United Nations Food Systems Summit. Convened by UN Secretary General António Guterres, the event is billed by its organisers as “a historic opportunity…

Source: African Union Mission in Somalia |

AMISOM Promotes Agricultural Skills Among Women in Jubaland State

The field extension visit was organised by Kenyan AMISOM troops, based in Dhobley town as part of their Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities

Troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), have conducted an agricultural extension visit for women’s groups in Dhobley, Jubaland State to promote and share best practices in farming, with the aim of empowering women. The field extension visit was organised by Kenyan AMISOM troops, based in Dhobley town…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Drought in south-western Angola drives severe hunger

High food prices and a locust infestation that has caused severe damage to crops are compounding the effects of the drought

More than 1.3 million people in the three south-western provinces of Cunene, Huila and Namibe are facing severe hunger as the worst drought in 40 years leaves fields barren, pasture lands dry and food reserves depleted, according to a recent Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis that categorises food insecurity. “Migration…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

WFP institutes further cuts on food rations for refugees in Kenya as funds dry up

WFP has not been able to provide a full ration, which is the minimum daily requirement for a person, to refugees since 2018, and in October 2020 was forced to cut rations from 80 to 60 percent

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is further cutting food rations for 440,000 refugees in Kenya, due to severe funding shortfalls, and has warned it may be forced to halt assistance altogether by the end of the year if new resources are not available imminently. With effect from October,…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

UN regional commissions launch policy brief on transforming food systems

The Food Systems Summit marks a ‎‎‎‎milestone to promote immediate action for healthier, more ‎‎‎‎sustainable and inclusive food systems, and to advance progress across all Sustainable Development ‎‎‎Goals

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the world’s fragilities, including the weaknesses of our food systems which exacerbate hunger, obesity, poverty, political instabilities and economic crises. To overcome common and regional challenges, the five UN regional commissions have been working jointly on devising harmonized pathways and proposing game changers that can transform food…

Source: FAO Regional Office for Africa |

FAO Launches Online Course on African Swine Fever to Capacitate Veterinarians and Veterinary Paraprofessionals in Southern Africa

The course combines a convenient self-paced study with a unique opportunity to discuss and network with international experts and regional colleagues in an online discussion forum

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) virtually launched a new online course on Africa swine fever (ASF) during a webinar held on 9 September 2021. African swine fever is a viral disease of domestic pigs and wild boar with a fatality rate of up to 100…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

WFP Boosts Food Production and Builds Resilience to Climate Change in Malawi

WFP provides assistance using food or cash transfers to cover immediate food needs while asset creation builds community resilience over time

UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) activities in Malawi between 2015 to 2020 have helped communities adapt to a changing climate and enabled them to break out of the cycle of hunger, confirms a recent independent evaluation. The evaluation, conducted by Information, Training and Development (ITAD), highlights that 95 percent of…

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Partnership for data-driven early response to hunger launched

The partnership will connect cutting-edge technology and data surveillance on early warning signs of severe weather and systemic climate change

Leading research and humanitarian agencies have joined forces to harness data and technology in a bid to stop climate shocks resulting in hunger in vulnerable livestock farming communities. The Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action is being created to help tackle the growing threat to people in the world’s…