Tag Archives: Food security

Nobel Peace Prize spotlights the links between hunger and conflict

Villagers collect World Food Programme aid dropped from a plane Feb. 6 in South Sudan. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Villagers collect World Food Programme aid dropped from a plane Feb. 6 in South Sudan. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images Jessica Eise, Purdue University The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Program for its efforts to combat hunger, foster conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and prevent the use of hunger as a …

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Explainer: what’s behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa

The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming. shutterstock

The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming. shutterstock Frances Duncan, University of the Witwatersrand Seven million people in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been affected by a migratory locust outbreak currently ravaging crops and pastures across southern Africa. Professor Frances Duncan, whose research work involves investigating the survival strategies of brown locusts, …

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The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city

A view of flooded farmland on the riverbank and swelling Blue Nile as its water level rises after heavy rainfall in Khartoum, Sudan Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A view of flooded farmland on the riverbank and swelling Blue Nile as its water level rises after heavy rainfall in Khartoum, Sudan Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Andrea Zerboni, University of Milan Over the past few weeks, floods – following exceptionally heavy rains – have hit Sudan. Many parts of the country have been affected though …

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