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Is Africa’s Land Up For Grabs?

AFRICANGLOBE - An apparent surge in the purchase of African land by foreign companies and governments to grow food and other crops for export has set alarm bells ringing on and off the continent. The headlines have been strident: “The Second Scramble for Africa Starts”, “Quest for Food Security Breeds Neo-Colonists”, “Food Security or Economic Slavery?”

Egypt: Poverty Rates, Food Insecurity Up Sharply Over Past Three Years

AFRICANGLOBE - Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years according to joint reports released today by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the government's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Regional Trade Key to African Food Security

The World Bank is urging African countries to strengthen regional food trade, suggesting that food security could be greatly enhanced simply by allowing farmers...

Africa Seeks to Grow More, Buy Less

Africa can ensure food security by producing wheat. New research presented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week shows that the continent has the potential...

Africa: A Second Chance for a Green Revolution

As the world searches desperately for ways to boost food production by at least 70 percent by 2050 to feed an increasingly hungry planet,...

We Can Feed 10 Billion, But Will We?

Concerns about food - what we now call food security - are as old as mankind. Thomas Malthus' eloquentEssay on Population, published in 1798, crystallised...

Africa: Trade Barriers Imperil Food Security

The heaps of groundnuts, rapoko, millet and maize displayed for sale by the side of the Rovuma River in Namiranga are evidence of the fertility of Africa's soil. But people in this small town on the Mozambique-Tanzania border struggle to pay for food. The area has been affected by droughts, believed to be worsening as a result of climate change, for the past four years. Namiranga, 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from Mozambique's capital, Maputo, is largely cut off from basic services and supplies.

World Bank Lauds Rwanda On Food Security

The World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, Rachel Kyte, said Rwanda put in place the right measures to ensure a food secure population. "This is one of the countries where you can see the impact of investment made after the 2008 food crisis," Kyte said Sunday during a news conference at the World Bank office in Kigali after her three-day visit during which she toured various projects funded by the bank across the country. She added that the government's response was to ensure that any future food crisis will not have direct impact on Rwanda.
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