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ETHIOPIA: Struggling to end food aid dependency

ADDIS ABABA, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - There is a joke told in Ethiopia that encapsulates the country's struggle with food aid dependency. In it, two subsistence farmers are talking about the year's poor rains and the impact on their harvests.Full report

DJIBOUTI: Pastoralists hardest hit by continuing drought

DJIBOUTIVILLE, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Up to 150,000 people, mainly pastoralists, are threatened by a continuing drought that has degraded pastures and dried up watering points across Djibouti, a government official said. Full report

MADAGASCAR: Framework to forestall emergencies planned

AMBALENGO, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Southeastern Madagascar is lush and green, its rolling hills dotted with rice paddies and fruit trees - the last place you would imagine as threatened by a food emergency.Full report

EASTERN AFRICA: Millions facing critical food shortages

NAIROBI, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - An estimated 11 million people in East Africa and the Horn of Africa continue to face critical food shortages brought on by drought and non-natural factors, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said. Full report

SOUTH AFRICA-SWAZILAND: Marijuana - hope for the homeless

MBABANE, 3 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Marijuana grown in Swaziland could help house South Africa's homeless, according to an NGO working with residents in informal settlements.Full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: One good harvest not enough to end humanitarian crises

JOHANNESBURG, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The humanitarian and development challenges facing Southern Africa are not going to be countered by one good harvest, says James Morris, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs.Full report

MALAWI: Public works programme to combat poverty extended

LILONGWE, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The European Union (EU) has helped the Malawian government launch a US $27 million public works programme to alleviate poverty and improve food security in the drought-affected country.Full report

BURUNDI: Government needs US $75 million to mitigate drought

BUJUMBURA, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - At least US $75 million of the Burundian government's $168 million emergency plan for 2006 has been earmarked to feed the country's drought-affected populations.Full report

TANZANIA: Relief food begins to reach drought-hit areas

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DAR ES SALAM, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Relief food has been sent to 35 drought-affected districts in central, northern and northeastern Tanzania, government officials said on Tuesday. Full report

BURUNDI-RWANDA: Tension increases in ongoing land dispute

BUJUMBURA, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - A land dispute that resulted from a river changing its course due to heavy rains some 50 years ago continues to vex neighbouring agricultural...Full report


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IRIN Special Reports on Food Security

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IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Food Security

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Related Internet Links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

WFP - Africa Hunger Alert

UN Economic Commission for Africa

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