African Children Face Poverty, Slavery

“Poverty has become part of me,” Jeffrey Moyo quotes Aminata Kabangele, a 13-year old from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kabangele, who fled her war-torn country after the rest of her family was killed by armed rebels and now lives as a as a refugee in Zimbabwe’s Tongogara refugee camp in Chipinge on the country’s eastern border, points out that, “I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me.”

Zambia Requires Funding to End Hunger

Zambia will require more than US$26.6 million to provide relief food and other services to people in six provinces.
The country’s vice president, Inonge Wina, said when she launched the 2015 report of the vulnerability assessment committee, that 798 948 people in 31 districts will require relief food amounting to 53 242 metric tonnes of maize to last eight months from next month to March next year.

Poor Needs US$160 to End Hunger

According to the United Nations (UN), just $160 (R1 990) per year for each person living in extreme poverty would eradicate world hunger by 2030, recommending the money should be delivered through both cash transfers and ‘pro-poor’ investments.
Eliminating hunger is one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new objectives which will be finalised in September 2015 to replace the eight expiring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Child Hunger Reduces Malawi GDP

Poor childhood nutrition costs Malawi's economy nearly US$600 million, 10 percent of its gross domestic products, annually because of increased healthcare expenses and low workforce productivity.

According to a joint United Nations – government study, years of stunting among children who did not get enough vitamins and minerals in the first two years of life affects about 4.5 million working-age Malawians, who were unable to reach their full potential.

USAID, EU Programme Benefit Farmers

A programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) has helped small-scale farmers in dry areas of Zimbabwe ward off hunger and generate income by commercialising indigenous plants.

The programme, which is designed to teach harvesting and production skills and to link collectors or farmers to buyers and markets, has already benefitted 8 000 small-scale farmers.

African Governance is Improving too Slowly

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has become more famous for the award – or, more usually, the non-award – of its US$5 million annual prize for African leadership than for its Ibrahim Index on African Governance (IIAG).
It used to announce both at the same time, but the leadership prize inevitably stole the limelight from the governance index, despite the latter being a thorough and painstaking research effort.

Can GM Technology End Hunger in Africa?

For centuries, biotechnology has been used to modify food for human consumption. In recent decades, scientists have created transgenic crops, (2) which are widely promoted as solutions to world hunger. Commonly cultivated genetically-modified (GM) crops exhibit traits such as pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, or both. (3) Other traits, such as drought resistance, nutrient enrichment and enhanced robustness lead to further improvements in food productivity and quality.

Africare: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV/AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS.


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