Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth has hummed along at about 5 percent a year for the past decade, besting that of the U.S. and the European Union. National debts are declining, and peaceful elections are being held with increasing frequency. More than one in three sub-Saharan Africans now own cell phones and use them for mobile banking, to run small businesses, or send money to relatives in rural areas. After 25 years of virtually no investment in African agriculture, the World Bank and donor countries have stepped up. The continent is emerging as a laboratory for testing new approaches to boosting food production. by Joel K. Bourne, Jr. Photographs by Robin Hammond LINK
“What shall we have for dinner? Such a simple question has grown to have a very complicated answer. We can eat almost anything nature has to offer, but deciding what we should eat stirs anxiety.”
Michael Pollan is professor of journalism at Berkeley
An Indian woman fills water containers from a tanker in a neighborhood of New Delhi on June 16. Large parts of New Delhi are struggling with acute water shortages after a neighboring state cut supplies at the peak of summer. The sprawling Indian capital, with a population of 16 million sweltering in 109.4F degree summer heat, relies on four neighboring states for its water — Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand. link
Yako, Burkina Faso – September 2010
In Burkina Faso, malnutrition is at its annual peak and MSF is responding. Known as the hunger gap, rural malnutrition recurs seasonally when crops are scarce and the 80 percent of Burkinabe who depend on substance farming lose their primary source of nourishment.
In Yako as well as in Titao, only the severely malnourished children with complications are hospitalized in therapeutic feeding centers (TFC / TFC), Others are supported by external consultation in health centers.
There is no children’s laughter here. Most are too weak to even cry out. Almost all of the patients in the children’s wing of the Banadir hospital die within hours of their arrival of malnutrition related illnesses and diseases.
Over 2.8 million people are at risk of starvation and hundreds of thousands of Somalis are on the verge of dying, while the UN declares that large swathes of the country are in a crisis.
Dominic Nahr: Somalia: The Catastrophic Famine (Magnum: September 2011)