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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.
Liberia’s House of Representatives has unanimously voted for the re-negotiation of all of the country’s oil contracts.
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.
Lead poisoning at artisanal gold mines in Nigeria’s northern state of Zamfara has caused the deaths of some 400 children since March 2010, said Human Rights Watch (HRW), ahead of a big international conference on the issue in Abuja on 9 May.
The fighting that led to the overrunning of the principal cities of Kidal, Gao and Timbucktu plunged northern Mali into chaos and set off a big humanitarian crisis.
In Sierra Leone, many citizens are running after jobs provided by mining companies, while pay and conditions of service provided by these companies are still being contested.
Calm has returned to Sierra Leone’s northern mining city of Bunbuna, following a violent protest amidst a mine workers strike, which left three people dead and at least eight others injured on Wednesday.
By Mohamed Konneh/WADR Correspondent
One person is said to have been shot dead and several others wounded in in Sierra Leone’s northern town of Bunbuna, as striking workers staged a protest at a mining company.
--WB official says it’s unacceptable
A World Bank official has said despite the increase in budgets for water and sanitation in much of Africa since access to portable water was recognized as a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in 2000, “bigger budgets and more spending have not appreciably expanded access to services in most countries.”
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.