Conflicts cause food insecurity for 30mn in near east, N Africa

28 (MNA) – Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, FAO report says. The rise in food insecurity undermines the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anemia and poverty were decreasing. The assessment made by FAO using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) shows that the prevalence of severe food insecurity in the adult population of the Near East and North Africa was close to 9.5 percent in 2014-2015, representing approximately 30 million people. "The region is facing unprecedented challenges to its food security due to multiple risks arising from conflicts, water scarcity and climate change. Water scarcity is the binding factor to agricultural production in the Near East and North Africa region and the driver of the region's dependency on food imports.

March 28, 2017 08:03 UTC

IDC notes slowdown in Africa's smartphone revolution

IDC notes slowdown in Africa's smartphone revolutionAfrica's smartphone revolution is showing signs of a slowdown according to the latest figures compiled by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting services firm says the continent's smartphone market totaled 95.37 million units in 2016. Market leadersIDC research shows that Samsung continued to lead the African smartphone market in 2016, largely through a reworked product portfolio that now includes more mid- to low-range models. However, at 28 million units, its 2016 smartphone shipments in Africa showed little growth from the figures recorded in 2015. In a statement released to the media, the IDC said Chinese vendors have been showing more interest in the African market in recent quarters and expanding into new countries.

March 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

S.A’s struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada: The gentle soul has died

One of the last survivors of the rebels who faced death with Nelson Mandela was a genial, gentle, soul with resolve of iron. This is the kind of gentle soul Kathrada was. He also told me how the underground activists of Liliesleaf used to sell the vegetables they used to grow. It was compensation for a prison sentence that robbed Kathrada of being able to raise a family. It was Kathrada who accompanied the then rising United States senator Barack Obama to Robben Island on his visit to South Africa.

March 28, 2017 04:26 UTC

Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

Former Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. CD AndersonAffectionately known as Kathy to friends and family, Ahmed Kathrada was born in the small North West town of Schweizer-Reneke on 21 August 1929. Before Kathrada was 18, he was jailed for participating in the South African Indian Congress’s Passive Resistance Campaign. Kathrada spent 26 years in prison – 18 years on Robben Island before he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town. Source: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

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The fleet lowers smugglers' costs, as it all but eliminates the need to procure seaworthy vessels capable making a full voyage across the Mediterranean to the European coastline. Traffickers are also able to operate with much less risk of arrest by European law enforcement officers. Frontex specifically noted that traffickers have intentionally sought to alter their strategy, sending their vessels to ships run by the NGO fleet rather than the Italian and EU military. The chief prosecutor also noted that Italy is investigating Islamic radicalization occurring in prisons and camps where immigrants are hired off the books. In addition to acting as de facto accomplices of human traffickers, the NGO's criticized by Frontex may also be contributing to the worsening terror situation in Europe though their actions.

March 27, 2017 23:15 UTC

North Africa And Middle East – The World Explained In Maps

Middle East And North AfricaGeographically, the Middle East and North Africa region extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and from Turkey in north to Yemen in the south. The Arab-majority Middle East represents the core of the Muslim world. Turkic peoples of various sorts who converted to Islam controlled the areas north and northeast of the Middle East. It should be noted that the term “Middle East” was coined in the early 20th century. Prior to that, the region was referred to as the “Near East.” Despite the fact that the term Middle East has become ubiquitous, the United States government and academia still refer to the Near East.

March 27, 2017 22:30 UTC

Libyan coastguard intercepts 60 Europe-bound migrants

What To Read NextTripoli - Libya's coastguard has intercepted 60 Bangladeshi migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, a navy spokesperson said on Monday. The migrants were on an inflatable boat off Sabratha, west of Tripoli, at dawn on Sunday when the coastguard intercepted them, General Ayoub Qassem said. Six years since a revolution that toppled dictator Moammar Gaddaafi, Libya has become a key departure point for migrants making perilous attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. More than half a million migrants, mostly from Africa, made it to Italy between late 2013 and the end of 2016. On Sunday, aid groups said patrol boats had rescued 1 000 migrants overnight off Libya.

March 27, 2017 19:52 UTC

Tunisia: Seeking 20/20 vision

Fitch cited government uncertainty, a weak tourism sector and a lack of investment as causes for concern. Mohamed El Kettani, the chief executive of Morocco’s -Attijariwafa Bank, outlined the stakes at the Tunisia 2020 conference: “Tunisia pulled off its democratic transition; it must now succeed in its economic transition.”Hachemi Alaya, an economist and founder of the Tema think-tank, spoke to The Africa Report at his office in the quiet coastal town of Carthage. Labour unions continue to play an important political role. Drawing on its need to diversify the economy, at Tunisia 2020 the government presented a list of potential infrastructure projects for roads, airports, water plants and renewable energy. “When you deploy capital, you cannot do so without accepting some measure of risk, and in Tunisia, the level of risk has minimised due to economic reforms,” he said.

March 27, 2017 16:07 UTC

New Government to Include 30 Ministers

After unveiling the parties participating in the new government, a source close to the Head of Government designate Saad Eddine El Othmani told local media that the new cabinet would include 30 ministers. The outgoing government was made up of four parties and 37 ministers. A larger number of participating parties in this Government makes it a daunting task for El Othmani to distribute portfolios. The current governmental coalition shows once again that the ideological referential of political parties has been swept by narrow calculations. A coalition between the Islamists, liberals and socialists is showing to what extent political parties in Morocco are losing credential thus becoming copies of each other.

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

Morocco’s Stability Entices Chinese Investments, Global Risk Insights

Economic ties are also reflecting the excellent political ties between the two countries marked by a mutual non-interference in internal issues. Both Morocco and China have been refraining from commenting on each other’s thorny issues notably those relating to their respective territorial integrity. Between 2011 and 2015 Chinese FDI in Morocco increased 195%, with a 93% increase between 2014 and 2015 alone. The article points out that “given Morocco’s existing integration into EU food supply chains, Rabat is already beholden to high quality standards, a fact that appeals to many Chinese consumers. “By November 2016, Morocco saw a six fold increase in Chinese arrivals – a fact all the more impressive given that no direct flights exist between the two countries.

March 27, 2017 15:45 UTC

Near East and North Africa: Conflicts threaten to erode gains in region's zero-hunger battle

Achieving food security is still at hand, provided we take concerted efforts and make the right moves now, he added. The FAO 2016 Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa noted that the deterioration is largely driven by conflicts and protracted crises. The FAO assessment shows that the prevalence of severe food insecurity in the adult population of the Near East and North Africa was close to 9.5 per cent in 2014-2015, representing approximately 30 million people. The region is facing unprecedented challenges to its food security due to multiple risks arising from conflicts, water scarcity and climate change. Water scarcity is the binding factor to agricultural production in the Near East and North Africa region and the driver of the regions dependency on food imports.

March 27, 2017 15:45 UTC

New cafe bringing taste of North Africa to East Lancashire

AN innovative cafe is bringing the taste of North Africa to Blackburn. Owner Ahmed Morse, who was born in Egypt, said he wants to introduce people to Arabic food and promote healthy living. Mr Morse, 41, said: “I am trying to bring a taste of Morocco and Egypt to Blackburn. It really will be like being in North Africa.”The cafe specialises in Arabic food and sweets and has a menu with an emphasis on healthy body and mind. “I wish the shop all the success for the future and I am sure it will do well.”For more information call 07476 988809 or search for Taiba Inn Arabic Food on Facebook.

March 27, 2017 15:33 UTC

Top 7 Strongest Currencies in Africa

The strength or value of a currency is an index of its purchasing power, reflecting the current economic situation of a country in comparison with other countries in the world. Using the dollar as a benchmark, here Face2Face Africa ranks the seven strongest currencies in Africa. FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramThe list includes some interesting inclusions as well as some surprising omissions. For example, the naira, the official currency of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, did not make the list, while the dinar, the official currency of Libya, made the list despite the fact that the North African country has been embroiled in intense civil conflict in the last half decade.

March 27, 2017 15:00 UTC

Emirates brings first A380 services to South America and North Africa

With this triple deployment, Emirates will be the first airline to operate scheduled A380 services in Latin America as well as to North Africa. In addition, the A380 service to Sao Paulo marks the airline’s 10th year of operations in Brazil, which began with daily flights between Dubai and Sao Paulo in October 2007. Travelers and fans of the highly popular Emirates A380 will now have more opportunities to enjoy this iconic aircraft as Emirates now flies the A380 to 49 destinations on six continents. Early Sunday morning, from its hub in Dubai, Emirates flight EK318 set off for Narita, Japan. Emirates’ spacious A380 aircraft can transport up to 515 passengers per flight, and eight tonnes of cargo.

March 27, 2017 11:15 UTC

British Petroleum Makes Third Gas Discovery in Egypt’s North Damietta Concession

British Petroleum Makes Third Gas Discovery in Egypt’s North Damietta ConcessionBritish Petroleum (BP) has made a gas discovery in the North of Damietta offshore concession in Egypt’s East Nile Delta, its third in the block. “This latest discovery confirms our belief that the Nile Delta is a world-class basin,” BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in a Sunday statement. The wireline logs, pressure data and fluid samples confirmed the presence of 37 metres of net gas pay in high quality pliocene sandstones. The well is 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Damietta city, located in northern Egypt. Commenting on the discovery, BP North Africa Regional President Hesham Mekawi said “We believe development of Qattameya could help unlock the resources in other nearby discoveries with similar shallow low pressure characteristics.

March 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

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