Maize grown in a small-scale farm.
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If small-scale farmers can’t afford to grow certified seeds – or can’t find them – food shortages would follow.
Phone surveys were used to gather data in Ethiopia.
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Our work highlights the potential of phone surveys to monitor active and large-scale conflicts.
Widespread protests have followed changes in the subsidised price of Baladi bread, a traditional Sudanese flatbread.
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Wheat and bread play a central role for food security and political stability in Sudan.
Queues for milk in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where shortages were evident months before the Ukraine crisis.
Food, fuel and fertiliser prices were rising fast even before war broke out. We need to act now to avoid a humanitarian crisis.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly pledged to keep food prices in the fair range amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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Egypt is already feeling the impact of the war, which has led to recent cancellation of tenders due to lack of offers, in particular from Ukraine and Russia.
Might the 2021 Zambian elections usher in another period of economic growth?
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Whoever wins the elections will face two key challenges: reviving the country’s democratic credentials and stimulating the economy.
A health worker administers an injection to a child below the age of one year during a routine immunisation at a health center in Kampala, Uganda.
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Even where vaccines are available, one barrier to progress is vaccine hesitancy: the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate.
Grootvlei, Snake Park, an impoverished suburb on the fringe of one of the biggest mine dumps in Soweto, Johannesburg. Poor people have been hit hardest by the fallout of COVID-19.
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The net effect is that the shocks are most severe on poorer, more vulnerable households.
Home garden with two bags of soil and young green plants.
Despite their popularity, there are reasons to doubt whether “home gardens” provide a sustainable and cost-effective way of addressing hidden hunger.
A food market in Ibafo in Nigeria’s Ogun State. The effects of COVID-19 on food systems will be keenly felt in poorer countries.
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The potential exists for malnutrition to exacerbate the health consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The findings suggest that farmers will benefit from more accurate crop yield monitoring.
Avocados are grown in several parts of Kenya.
Smallholder avocado farmers in Kenya face several barriers to participating in export markets.
Close-up of Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus producer of aflatoxins in corn.
Most of the maize consumed in Kenya is never even tested for aflatoxin.
Informal food trade represents a critical source of employment and food security for the urban poor.
By better understanding the politics and governance of African cities and variations across cities, we can identify feasible opportunities to improve informal traders’ livelihoods.
It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily - but cost is a huge factor.
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The fact that relative food prices differ so markedly and so systematically provides a very strong rationale for nutrition-focused food policies.
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Cyclone Idai hit poor countries the hardest and shows why disaster resilience is a necessity.
Africa has focused on tackling undernutrition caused by low calorie diets.
Policy choices made by Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Togo over the past 15 years have led to significant reductions in child undernourishment.
A fishmonger pleads for customers in a Kenyan market.
The harassment of informal food vendors by national and municipal governments remains a major impediment to improving the resilience of the urban poor in African cities.
A Zambian opposition protester is arrested during a past election: Instances of serious violence have increased dramatically this time around.
As Zambia prepares to go to the polls again the entire party system is in flux, electoral violence has been worryingly frequent and the country’s democratic credentials are increasingly in doubt
A Malawian mother and her child in front of maize harvested in Lilongwe. A fertiliser programme has increased crop yields.
Malawi’s large-scale subsidy for farmers has resulted in higher maize production, lower food prices and higher wages. But this has come at significant costs.