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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says it’s worried that only half of the financial csontributions requested for Niger, Central African Republic and West Africa have been received so far.
The World food Programme (WFP) warns of a looming food crisis in the Sahel region in West and Central Africa, while the charity Plan International has stressed the need to “focus on long-term support as well as emergency aid.”
In Ghana, a bloody feud between Fulani Herdsmen and some communities in the country has sparked serious debate, with some members of parliament urging caution.
The conflict has resulted into the deaths of about 20 Herdsmen in less than a week.
There continue to be intermittent clashes in Nigeria between the Fulani herdsmen and the Tiv farmers in Benue and Nasarawa States in the lower basin river, which have always recorded heavy casualties.
The recent clashes happened last month, claiming 75 lives.
Despite the challenges posed by climate change, “Africa has what it takes to quadruple food productions from area expansion and yield increase.”
This year’s agricultural campaign in Mali did not meet all the expectations.
This year’s food harvest has yield only 5 million tons,, whereas there was a projection of 8 million tons.
Rice farmers in the Anambé basin, Southern Senegal are angry. They say they are not satisfied with the technical Management of the National Company supervising this sector, SODAGRI.
A group of European development NGOs says the European Union’s policies are continuing to seriously undermine the rights of people in Africa and the developing world.
“You can’t deny that European policies have effects overseas, like right here in Africa,” said Gerard Karlshausen, an official of the Confederation of European Development NGOs (CONCORD), the group that wrote the report.
The Ivorian government is trying to boost the country’s cocoa production.
But in order to achieve this goal, the government says it is trying to stop the problem of smuggling.
Six million people in Niger "might be affected by a new looming food crisis," as up to 23% of children under 2 years of age severely under nourished, Stefanie Conrad, Plan International West Africa's Deputy Regional Director told WADR in an interview on Monday.