Sahel

India School Meal Tragedy - Unforgivable, But Avoidable

Unni Krishnan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Unni Krishnan

School meal programmes, no doubt, are a lifeline and shock absorber for millions in such situations. This is why the case of children dying in India's eastern state of Bihar as a result of contaminated meals, is such a tragedy.

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

We Need to Break Africa's Hunger Cycle

Barbara Stocking | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK
Barbara Stocking

Harne Waddaye, a 60-year-old grandmother, digs for food in the bare earth outside the small village of Louga in the African country of Chad. She is raiding ant nests for the grain they have stored. The few grains she is able to gather will go along with the leaves from trees her daughter collects to feed her four children and six grandchildren. It is a meagre fare.

What African Farmers Could Teach Their American Counterparts About Drought

Terry Ally | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

The poster image of drought - the caked brown dirt and withered crops - could easily be mistaken for some part of Africa had the caption not read 'USA'. The relatives of a colleague are on the frontline of this drought - said to be the worst in half a century.

Sitan's Race Against Hunger

Justin Forsyth | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Politics
Justin Forsyth

Eight-year-old Sitan was lying on a rattan mat outside her family's house shading herself from the baking midday sun. Years of malnutrition had left this eight-year-old looking more like a little girl of four. Worse, she could barely move and was virtually silent. She, like many millions of children across the developing world, has a condition called stunting. In layman's terms this means she didn't get enough nutritious food as young child and is now physically and possibly mentally less developed than she should be.

Silver Linings to the Storm Clouds of Rio

Lord Ashdown | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

How would I rate Rio? 6 out of 10 - maybe even seven if, crucially, what they declared now leads to real action, rather than self satisfaction. And that's now up to our politicians.

The Forgotten Crisis: Refugees In Burkina Faso Glimpse Hope Despite The Conditions, As the UN's Valerie Amos Pays a Visit

Jane Labous | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK
Jane Labous

It was 5pm when it started to rain, the wide grey sky looming lower and lower over the flat red earth; a swirl of mist and red dust rising from nowhere; huge rusty drops hitting the car windows.

Gambling With the Future of the Planet

Kit Vaughan | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Kit Vaughan

Recent science analysis predicts that we are heading for between 4- 6°C of global warming. Such rapid change in our climate system will bring about profound and in some cases catastrophic damages. This is the stuff science fiction movies are made of: Storms and typhoons will be more frequent and will kill more lives and destroy more infrastructures.

Burkina Faso: The Forgotten Crisis - Over 18 Million People Are Affected by a Hunger and a Food Crisis, and It's Not in the News...

Jane Labous | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK
Jane Labous

I've long thought that the editors of our international media (and the British media is a particular culprit) needs to start noticing Africa. Not just the coups and the food crises and the droughts, but also the positive stories, the African success stories that are putting, for example, Ghana amid the fast growing nations in the world.

How Aan Aid be Working When Millions Still Starve?

David Bull | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Politics
David Bull

With a hunger crisis sweeping across the Sahel affecting eight African countries and putting the fragile existences of a million children in jeopardy now may seem a strange time to be talking about the remarkable progress for the world's poorest children that has been achieved over the past 20 years.

Ending the Hunger Games

Matthew Frost | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK
Matthew Frost

The international community and governments need to stop treating food crises as a series of unexpected disasters. They can no longer play with people's lives or wait to act until we see starving African children on our TV screens, as if it were the televised Hunger Games.

The Sahel Food Crisis Needs Urgent Humanitarian Support

Ivan Lewis MP | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Ivan Lewis MP

The UK Government has already committed some money but it should urgently clarify the level of humanitarian investment it intends to make in the Sahel region, and back proposals for donors to urgently come together at a conference to commit to more life-saving support.