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Hunger in Africa surges due to conflict, climate and food prices

Hunger in Africa surges due to conflict, climate and food prices

AYENAT MERSIE CONFLICT, climate change and rising food and fuel prices are pushing about a quarter of Africans towards hunger, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. About 346 million people in Africa are facing severe food insecurity, meaning they have likely experienced hunger, in the worst crisis since 2017. Last year, the figure was about 286 million. "The acute food insecurity situation in many of the countries where we are working - and people are already affected by armed conflict - is tipping into famine-like conditions," said Dominik Stillhart, ICRC's global operations director. Two years of conflict…
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Big bucks: Drought-hit Zimbabweans cut poverty, poaching with larger goats

Big bucks: Drought-hit Zimbabweans cut poverty, poaching with larger goats

BUSANI BAFANA WITH worsening droughts in western Zimbabwe making it difficult to grow enough food, the farmers of the Tonga community have been relying on hunting impala, guinea fowl and other wild animals to eat and sell for income. The farmers in Binga district know their traditional practice of "hunting for the pot" is decimating local protected wildlife and puts them at risk of being arrested for poaching, but they say they have little choice: hunt or go hungry. "This year the rain was not good, crops did not survive in the heat, and we know food will be scarce,"…
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Drought in northern Kenya pushes millions towards hunger

Drought in northern Kenya pushes millions towards hunger

BAZ RATNER IN northern Kenya, the ribs of dead sheep stretch towards the blazing sun as parched herders trudge past, a day's march from water. The value of their skinny goats is falling as fast as the prices scrawled on the sacks in the market are shooting up. More than 465,000 children under five and over 93,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women are malnourished in Kenya's northern region, the U.N. says. Food prices are climbing. In Marsabit County, they are 16% above average, data from the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) shows. "Goats are unsellable, cows are even worse to sell…
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Virus fears as Mozambique conflict fuels overcrowding, hunger

Virus fears as Mozambique conflict fuels overcrowding, hunger

TAVARES CEBOLA THREE months ago, Sofia Bombina and her family of 11 had to flee their home on the Mozambique coast after their town was attacked by a militant group. The 39-year-old farmer, her nine children and her sister travelled nearly 400km (250 miles) by bus from Mocimboa da Praia to Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, where they now live with a host family. Bombina is among the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced since an insurgency erupted in the northern province three years ago. Most of those escaping the ongoing conflict are finding shelter…
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Changing our behaviour to improve food security

Changing our behaviour to improve food security

JULIAN MAY DESPITE South Africa's food secure status at national level and the evidence that the country produces more food than it needs, there is a worrying degree of food insecurity at household level. The 2017 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report "Towards measuring the extent of food security in South Africa: An examination of hunger and food inadequacy" reveals that 20% of households did not have access to adequate food during the period studied.   The perturbing reality at this juncture is that the situation has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the lockdown, and we are therefore more likely to…
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Hunger increases in South Africa despite COVID-19 welfare payments

Hunger increases in South Africa despite COVID-19 welfare payments

EIGHTEEN percent of South African households reported someone going hungry at the end of last year, a survey published on yesterday found, with the situation worsening despite welfare payments to fight the impact of COVID-19. The hunger rate compares to 14% recorded in an official survey in 2018, showing the impact of the pandemic, researchers wrote in findings of the National Income Dynamics Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM), which followed 10,000 adults. "The reduction of social protection while rates of adult and child hunger are still at the highest they have been for a decade will have severe consequences," they…
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