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El Niño Weather Phenomenon To Exacerbate Hunger In East Africa, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: East Africa hunger to worsen as El Niño strikes: U.N. “Conflicts, floods, and failed rains caused by El Niño have sparked a dramatic rise in the number of people going hungry in East Africa, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia, the United Nations said Thursday…” (11/12).

Ethiopian Government Begins Food Distribution, Says Supplies Will Last Through December

Associated Press: Ethiopia government distributes food to hungry people “Ethiopia’s government has started distributing rations of wheat and cooking oil to people facing hunger in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. … More than eight million people require urgent food assistance and the Ethiopian government says there is…

Farming Intervention Improved Food Security, HIV Outcomes In Kenyan Region, Study Shows

Scientific American’s “Food Matters”: In Kenya, Improving Food Security and HIV Outcomes through Farming Anthropologist Layla Eplett discusses a study recently published in the journal AIDS that examined an “agricultural intervention that increased food security and also improved HIV outcomes” in the Nyanza region of Kenya (11/11).

WHO Official Discusses Food Fortification Challenges In Devex Interview

Devex: Equity, cost, and a comprehensive approach to nutrition and fortification “More than half of the world’s countries recognize the benefits of food fortification, a process that adds essential vitamins and minerals to foods. But while it has gained momentum, Francesco Branca, director for health and development at the World…

‘Optimizing’ Africa’s Agro-Sector Essential To Inclusive Growth, Healthy People, Environment

International Policy Digest: Optimizing Africa’s Food Systems Richard Munang, program coordinator, and Robert Mgendi, ecosystem-based adaptation program officer,  both with the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa Climate Change Programme “…With the right approaches that work with nature, efforts to optimize the agro-value chain in Africa can…