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EAC Tourism Sector Lost U.S.$4.8 Billion, 2 Million Jobs

EAC Tourism Sector Lost U.S.$4.8 Billion, 2 Million Jobs

The East African region lost more than $4.8 billion and two million jobs in the tourism sector in 2020 due to the pandemic, according to a new report. The August report titled “EABC Studies on Impact of Covid-19 on Selected Sectors: Tourism & Hospitality Industry; Light Manufacturing Sector and Agriculture & Food Security” found that […]

‘Climate Change: A Big Threat To Food Security’

‘Climate Change: A Big Threat To Food Security’

One of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest, many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists, are hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters. This information was revealed by Mr Alhaji M. Jallow, the FAO country representative, at a media briefing in Kampala […]

Zimbabwe Urged To Put Compassion Before Politics In Distribution Of Food Aid

Zimbabwe Urged To Put Compassion Before Politics In Distribution Of Food Aid

Aid agencies have called on President Robert Mugabe’s government to look beyond political differences and prioritise humanitarian principles after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of partisan food aid distribution. The commission’s chairman, Elasto Mugwadi, revealed this week that an official investigation into alleged discrimination in the distribution of food had […]

Global Food Crisis Triggered Cultural Shift Towards Junk Food, Say Researchers

Global Food Crisis Triggered Cultural Shift Towards Junk Food, Say Researchers

Millions of people who struggled to pay for traditional staple foods like maize, rice and wheat when global food prices dramatically rose between 2007-2011 have switched to western-style processed “junk-food” alternatives that are high in sugars, fats and salt, a four-year study across 10 countries has found. The sudden rise and volatility in the price […]

Zimbabwe: Netherlands Unveils U.S.$3,9 Million Towards El Nino Effects

Netherlands has unveiled a Euro 3,5 million ($3,9 million) fund to mitigate the effects of the El Nino induced drought through a number of strategies including providing crop and livestock inputs in the affected areas. A total of seven non-governmental organisations namely; Plan International Zimbabwe, Terres De Homes, World Vision, International Rescue committee, Cordaid and ICCO/Act-Alliance […]

Obama’s Development Legacy Rings Hollow On Farmers’ Rights

Obama’s Development Legacy Rings Hollow On Farmers’ Rights

While US NGOs erupted in near-giddy applause last week, celebrating the passage through Congress of the Global Food Security Act of 2016, peasant communities in Honduras and land rights activists around the world mourned the death of environmentalist Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, whose body was found in a rubbish dump 160km west of the capital, Tegucigalpa. […]

It Takes A Village: The Malawi School Guardian Readers Helped Build

It Takes A Village: The Malawi School Guardian Readers Helped Build

The four young men standing near the library in the centre of the dusty village of Gumbi have not seen each other for many months. It’s the school holidays in Malawi and they’ve come back to see family and friends. They joke around, laugh about their work, the changes they can see in the village […]

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

At Pimpalgaon Basant, a village in western India, there is not a single cloud in the sky. The last time it rained was days ago, and that was only for an hour. Without rain, the Pimpalgaon tomato market, said to be the biggest in Asia, is almost empty. “We have around 75% fewer tomatoes than […]

Scientists Go Against The Grain To Make Dubai An Unlikely Quinoa Hotspot

Scientists Go Against The Grain To Make Dubai An Unlikely Quinoa Hotspot

Ringed by inhospitable desert and assailed by fierce temperatures for much of the year, Dubai isn’t the most natural of settings for bold farming experiments. What little grows here is largely cultivated in air-conditioned greenhouses. So depleted is the local aquifer that it’s forecast to run completely dry within the next half-century. But if the […]

Time short to protect Africa’s food supply from climate change – scientists

Time short to protect Africa’s food supply from climate change – scientists

Without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday. In a study of how global warming will affect nine crops that make up half the region’s food […]

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