Unprecedented levels of drought across many countries in Africa have left experts and humanitarian agencies fearing the worst. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to push the continent to its limits, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned many countries may soon face famine as a result of drought. Famine looms in Madagascar Southern Madagascar is currently experiencing its worst hunger crisis in years, brought on by droughts and sandstorms that have turned many fields infertile. The situation is so dire that locusts — which are ordinarily considered a crop pest — have become a source of survival for many. "We haven't harvested anything for almost two years," local farmer Najoro told DW. "We had to live on root tubers. After it rained the larvae of the locusts hatched. This has saved us. Without the locusts, we would all be dead by now." The enormity of the crisis is such that children are now among the worst affected. A WFP relief … [Read more...] about Africa’s drought crisis: Zimbabwe seeks solutions, Madagascar edges toward famine
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Last week, the UK government announced that it would be cutting its annual foreign aid commitment. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab set out the allocation for the UK's Official Development Assistance spending for 2021-22 at 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income. Following the announcement, 200 UK charities and aid organisations accused the government of delivering a "tragic blow" to the world's most marginalised people. Four aid charities operating in Lebanon, Zambia, Congo and Sierra Leone spoke to Sky News about the impact these cuts will have on their work. Rami Shamma, World Vision, Lebanon Advertisement "Let's see what surprises we have today, and which part of our lives will be destroyed." This is the daily mantra of an individual living in Lebanon. More from Democratic Republic Of Congo UK halts aid funding for Oxfam over sexual misconduct claims Oxfam suspends two staff over sexual exploitation and bullying … [Read more...] about Aid workers describe the devastating impact of the UK government’s cuts to foreign aid
Not much good news has come out of Yemen since the country's civil war began in late 2014. But one thing generally seen as positive has been the country's overwhelming adoption of solar power. A paper by the Berlin-based Energy Access and Development Program (EADP) describes Yemen's move to solar power as a "revolution." Even before the current conflict started, the country was described as "energy poor" compared to other Middle Eastern nations. Then, during the ongoing conflict, over half of the country's electricity infrastructure was damaged and official power supplies plummeted further. At first, locals substituted this loss with their own, often-diesel-powered generators. But after fuel supplies became more difficult to access because of blockades, and diesel prices rose accordingly, many Yemenis have been forced to switch to solar power. Solar power saves lives According to the EADP, which focuses on access to clean and affordable energy, solar power went from being … [Read more...] about How Yemen’s solar power revolution could drain the whole country of water
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A top White House official said on Sunday the United States would begin discussions with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on wider distribution of critically needed coronavirus jabs. Washington has been under pressure to suspend patent rules for COVID vaccines as India renewed its calls for a temporary waiver to help boost production and relieve its second wave. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai will start talks "on how we can get this vaccine more widely distributed, more widely licensed, more widely shared," White House chief of staff Ron Klain told broadcaster CBS. Asked what Washington's stance on waiving the patents was, Klain argued that India's vaccine production was slowed due to a shortage in material rather than intellectual property rights. "Intellectual property rights is part of the problem. But really, manufacturing is the biggest problem," he said. "We have a factory here in the US that has the full intellectual property rights to make the vaccine. They … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: US to launch trade talks on vaccine distribution