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16 million In Africa's Sahel At Risk Of Hunger Due To Conflicts, Rapid Population Growth

By Misha Hussain<p>DAKAR, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 16 million people are at risk of hunger across Africa's Sahel belt next year due to conflicts and rapid population growth despite good harvests and rainfall, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.<p>Violence in northern Nigeria, …

16 million at risk of hunger in Africa's Sahel despite good harvest - U.N. | Reuters

DAKAR, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 16 million people are at risk of hunger across Africa’s Sahel belt next year due to conflicts and rapid population growth despite good harvests and rainfall, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.<p>Violence in northern Nigeria, northern Mali and …

Sahel villagers fleeing climate change must not be ignored

Those displaced by climate change are not granted refugee status or protection. Their plight should not be overlooked<p>Migration has always been a way of life in the Sahel, an arid belt of land that stretches across Africa just south of the Sahara. Many of the region's 100 million inhabitants lived …

Niger offers hope of homegrown solutions to Sahel crises

Agencies must combine forces to overcome the effects of a trio of food crises in the Sahel, according to WFP's regional head<p>Those working to combat food insecurity in the Sahel need to "get their thinking together" and realise that it could take several years for the poorest families to recover …

Call for urgent action in Sahel to prevent humanitarian emergency

Levels of malnutrition in areas of west Africa becoming dangerously high, warns Oxfam, as the NGO launches an emergency appeal<p>• Map of the Sahel food crisis<p>The food crisis in the Sahel will turn into a humanitarian emergency unless urgent action is taken, said the NGO Oxfam as it launched a $36.3m …

France to use unarmed U.S.-made drones to hunt al Qaeda in Mali | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France will deploy its first U.S.-made unarmed surveillance drones to West Africa by the end of the year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, as it seeks to “eliminate all traces of al Qaeda”.<p>A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to the …

Ban Ki-moon: development aid decline a cause for concern

There is an urgent need to reverse the fall in official development assistance (ODA), said Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, as he set out key elements for a development agenda beyond 2015.<p>In a progress report to the UN general assembly on the millennium development goals (MDGs), Ban expressed …

Sustainability must be at core of development, says EU

If we don't deal with sustainability and climate change, it will be impossible to eliminate poverty, says EU's Andris Piebalgs<p>Two EU commissioners put strong emphasis on environmental issues at a Brussels round-table discussion on proposed measures to replace the millennium development goals …

Tax reform should be a prerequisite for development assistance

Kieran Holmes applauds the UK government's decision to make further aid flows to Pakistan conditional on the basis tax reform, but says more needs to be done<p>The recommendation made in a recent report (pdf) by the House of Commons international development committee (IDC) were both unusual and …

It won't be long before the victims of climate change make the west pay

Would you enjoy the cosiness and warmth of Christmas with your children or grandchildren just that little bit less if you knew that other people's children were dying because of it? More than four million children under five years old are now at risk of acute malnutrition in the Sahel, an area of …