Food Security - : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper EU agencies promote Aquaculture to fight against hunger in poor countries. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:36:13 +0200 An international initiative to create awareness on the role of aquaculture in food security in poor countries has been launched; the program will bring together a global alliance of development agencies, governments and universities to help low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ojong Debra African Farmers are Desperate for Change Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:26:11 +0200 The use of GM (genetically modified) food crops is a highly emotive issue. What should influence the debate between those who support these developments and those who oppose them is a report by the US Department of Agriculture. They estimate that with rising population trends, if no significant reforms are made over the next decade, the number of “food insecure” people (those consuming less than 2,100 calories per day) in Africa, will increase by 30 per cent to 645 million. To make use of the latest available technological developments is, therefore, of paramount importance. Silence over Ethiopian land grab broken Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:36:16 +0100 A Saudi Arabian investor has broken the culture of silence surrounding a widely criticized farmland acquisition by foreign investors in Ethiopia, which had hitherto been met with considerable silence. The investor's comments come as his company, Saudi Star Agriculture Development Plc, awaits a decision from the Ethiopian Agriculture Ministry to expand his farmland from 10,000 hectares to 250,000 hectares. Desalegn Sisay Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Biotechnology Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:51:51 +0100 By 2050 population growth is expected to translate into a 70 percent increase in global demand for food. Add the estimated 27 percent decline in global productivity expected due to climate change, and it is clear that the demand for food production will become more critical in the coming decades. Jose W. Fernandez Ethiopia's grain market in danger? Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:12:52 +0100 A yellow wheat rust epidemic, a form of wheat fungus, is devouring wheat crops in three major wheat-growing regional states of Ethiopia. Nonetheless, a grain shortage on the Ethiopian market, which has led to a government decision to import grains, has been blamed on market speculation. Desalegn Sisay Zimbabwe to suffer food shortages ahead of elections Tue, 09 Nov 2010 13:23:54 +0100 Non-governmental organizations, which have for the past decade been saviors for starving Zimbabweans, now face a ban on their operations in the build up to crucial elections next year. Alice Chimora Cameroon suffers huge shortages in essential commodities Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:18:43 +0200 After gas and fish, sugar seems to have disappeared from Cameroonian shelves. The depletion of stocks and as well as the absence of essential capital needed to revitalise the market have been singled out. However, after hitting a new low, the precarious water situation in the central African country's capitals is yet to be addressed. Dorothée Ndoumbè Egypt's conundrum over food security and the Nile's water Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:19:50 +0200 Russia's decision to halt wheat exports has dealt Egypt a severe blow and brought many questions to the fore. Egypt's population explosion is fast surpassing its agricultural capacities, and the Nile river water resource, which irrigates its reduced wheat farms, has also come under heavy scrutiny as other Nile riparian countries seek a break from colonial era agreements that give Egypt and Sudan about 90% of the Nile's water. The clock is ticking away with incredible speed as Egypt tries to develop external strategies. Strategies that are increasingly becoming risky for Egypt. Heba Montaser Sweet treats and Sport: It's all a matter of managing intake Mon, 06 Sep 2010 18:46:08 +0200 A chocolate bar, a sweet pastry, cakes or savoury snacks … Athletes too are entitled to an occasional treat! Providing of course that they know how to manage their intake of such sweets. Because while it's true that such foods have virtually no nutritional value, what can be good for the mind can also be good for the body … Destination Santé Maputo riots blamed on rising wheat prices in Southern Africa Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:33:31 +0200 Food riots in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday left at least six protesters dead including a female student as police sprayed bullets at demonstrators, reports indicate. Belinda Phiri Ethiopian government reveals another ambitious economic plan Mon, 09 Aug 2010 20:08:00 +0200 Ethiopia's latest five year development strategy will see the laying of a 2,000 kilometer railway network as well as the construction of a huge fertilizer factory. The government aims to reduce both the country's dependence on foreign importation and foreign spending. Desalegn Sisay Uganda's remote drought-affected Karamoja region gets U.S. help Mon, 09 Aug 2010 18:52:55 +0200 The United States Government has donated US$ 4.8million towards the emergency relief operation of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the drought-affected Karamoja region in north eastern Uganda. Geof Magga Ethiopian asceticism from India: Could this be the way out? Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:35:28 +0200 The last of my three part series deals with asceticism as practiced in India, especially after Yogi Prahlad Jani's 70 year fast. It holds an enticing promise for millions of Ethiopians, Nigeriens and Africans at large. This would ensure that Ethiopians aren't burdened by disastrous government policies. It is also true that the threat of the ever imminent water war among Nile riparian countries will be dealt with. Only if the Indian government would do us a favour... Hama Tuma Ethiopia allocated €15 million by EC Fri, 16 Jul 2010 22:38:15 +0200 Today, the European Commission has adopted a €15 million aid package to address a critical food security situation in Ethiopia where an estimated 5.2 million people will be requiring food assistance this year. The main bulk of the Commission's funding will go towards providing appropriate and adequate food assistance to the disaster affected population, including food aid, nutrition and short-term food security. Support will also be given to the agricultural and livestock sectors, to safeguard livelihoods and improve food security. The new funding decision will also provide a response to compounding needs in the health and water and sanitation sectors, to avoid health risks such as the recurrent outbreaks of cholera and meningitis epidemics. Zimbabwe child food security dips Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:18:51 +0200 United Nations Food and Nutrition Council has said more than a third of Zimbabwe's children aged below five are malnourished while 12 000 in the same age group die every year from malnutrition. Alice Chimora