Stories: Food Security

  • How Better Seeds Make Timor-Leste Climate Resilient

    For places such as Timor-Leste, a small South-East Asian country that is prone to weather extremes, climate change could deliver a serious blow. Drought and post-harvest losses from problems such as poor storage already worsen poverty and malnutrition in a country where 40 per cent of under-fives have stunted growth. The project Seeds of Life is designed to improve food...

  • Descending Into a Volcano — To Farm

    From the rim of Ecuador's Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, it's at least a 45-minute drive (no, more like plunge) down a winding, bone-crushing dirt road to the floor of the crater. But it's well worth it. After all, how often do you get to say you've traveled to what's billed as the world's only inhabited,...

  • A Country on the Brink: Millions Go Hungry in South Sudan

    Mary Nyabouth and her six children fled fighting in her village of Nyal in late June, paddling two hours in a canoe until she reached a remote island in the swamps of Unity state. While they are now safe from the rapidly increasing violence between rebels and government troops, they are among the 4.6 million people in South Sudan — 40 percent...

  • Unrest and Fear of Famine Overshadow Celebrations for South Sudan’s Fourth Year of Independence

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  • Desperate for Food, Mindanao Villagers Want to Return Home

    Dina Yusef points to some rice and a few cans of sardines – all she has left to feed her four children and husband nearly a month after they fled their Philippines village when soldiers cleared the area in their search for armed Muslim rebels. "I want to go home because we don't have food,” Yusef told the...

  • Tanzanian Women See Second Chance at Land Owning

    Rozalia Msaudzi, 68, quietly explains what her life is like in her small village, near Iringa, in the southern highlands of Tanzania. She maintains a collected expression as she relates the hardship of maize farming, the death of her husband in 1996 and the number of children who are still alive. But her voice starts to rise and she gestures emphatically when...

  • Fruit for Thought in Tanzania Nutrition Fight

    Selemani Hussaini never thought much about eating fruit in the past. The 46-year-old Tanzanian farmer mainly eats ugali, a thick maize-based porridge. Toss in a few cooked beans, tea or instant coffee and this completes a typical meal. "This is how we are raised to eat," says Hussaini. "No one really talked about fruit." Hussaini lives in Tanzania&rsquo...

  • Farmers Try New Food-Growing Strategies to Ensure Food Security, Cope with Climate Change

    Farmers need only survey their parched fields during the ever-intensifying dry seasons here to know climate change is happening. Rain falls less frequently than it did a decade ago because of “destruction of the environment” says Sopian Kinyoge, a 27-year-old farmer. His older sister says rains are more fleeting from “cutting down of the trees.” Alfred...

  • Tanzania Makes Agriculture a Top Development Priority

    Tanzania may be newly rich in natural gas reserves, but government officials say improving agriculture is the number one priority to reach middle income status by 2025. The East African country’s Kilimu Kwanza (Farming First) program is proof that while the country expects to benefit overall as a gas producer, many see agriculture as critical to improving...

  • The Economics of Agriculture in Tanzania

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