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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on US President Barack Obama to acknowledge the role that independent news reporting plays in assessing agricultural challenges and facilitating the response to famine.
Although not on the scale as Niger, Chad or Mali, Senegal has not escaped the food crisis hitting the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, with some 800,000 people threatened by serious food insecurity.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to help find solution to the problem by stocking what it calls, cereal banks around the country.
The African Union (AU) is calling on investors to engage in responsible investments on the continent and with models that would be mutually beneficial.
Africa is fast becoming the world’s bread basket, attracting investors from different countries around the world, who are buying up and/or leasing arable land to produce food for their own countries.
While political and military actors have so far failed to end growing instability, a new report says millions of people across the Sahel region continue to face “extreme risk of hunger and malnutrition,” with recent political instability in the region worsening the situation.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has warned that change in leadership could undermine progress made in improving food production and ensure food security Africa.
Senior United Nations officials have warned that global inaction could lead to a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, amid the serious food and humanitarian crisis.
A campaign to track down people engaged in illegal logging activities is underway in the Ivory Coast.
The country’s Ministry of Forestry has seized several tons of timber from illegal loggers.
The Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, Kandeh Yumkella has said “Africa is becoming the dumping ground” for every product that is bad and substandard.
The Gambian government’s recent appeal for food aid due to serious crops failure is starting to get some attention, as thousands of people are said to be in urgent need of food and safe drinking water.