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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.

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 | Alice Thomas

Migration and development,Food security,Pastoralism,Global development,Climate change,Environment,Sahel,Africa,Refugees,Internally displaced people,World news<p>Those displaced by climate change are not granted refugee status or protection. Their plight should not be overlooked<p>Migration has always …

Niger offers hope of homegrown solutions to Sahel crises

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 from three successive regional droughts and hunger crises, says the new regional co-ordinator of the World Food Programme (WFP).<p>…

Call for urgent action in Sahel to prevent humanitarian emergency

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 (£23m) emergency appeal for west Africa on Friday.<p>Levels of malnutrition in areas of Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal are …

The world’s newest country is already on the brink of civil war. Here’s how it happened.

By Max Fisher<p>It was considered one of the world's great successes when, on July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation. After many unhappy years as a region of Sudan, the new country declared its independence with crucial support from the outside world, particularly the United …

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

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

Two EU commissioners put strong emphasis on environmental issues at a Brussels round-table discussion on proposed measures to replace the millennium development goals (MDGs). The event, held at the European commission on 9 July with the participation of NGO representatives and MEPs, took stock of …

Tax reform should be a prerequisite for development assistance

The recommendation made in a recent report (pdf) by the House of Commons international development committee (IDC) were both unusual and timely. It said future development assistance, or aid, from the UK to Pakistan should be conditional on Pakistan's willingness and ability to collect taxes from …

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 …