Residents of Binga, Zimbabwe, build a dam to collect water as southern Africa suffers through three years of drought.  |  Canadian Foodgrains Bank/ Shaylyn McMahon photo

African drought prompts call for help

International aid requested as nearly eight million people in Zimbabwe, or half its population, are declared food insecure

The combination of a cyclone and three years of drought in large parts of southern Africa has created a humanitarian crisis in that part of the world. The World Food Programme is calling on countries to step up assistance to Zimbabwe where nearly eight million people, or half of the country’s population, are food insecure. […] Read more

Cattle traders wait for customers at a livestock market in Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 15. Vaccination research further south in sub-Saharan regions could have wide reaching effects in reducing common livestock diseases throughout Africa.  |  Reuters/Ismail Taxta Photo

Activists jeopardize livestock vaccine use

A Canadian-financed project to develop vaccines to inoculate livestock in sub-Saharan Africa against infectious diseases could produce results within three years, says the project leader. However, anti-vaccination politics could delay or stymie their introduction. Celebrated Canadian researcher Lorne Babiuk leads a project that uses advanced DNA technology to develop vaccine antidotes to deadly and destructive […] Read more

Feds to matchfunds raised for West Africa

In the face of a growing humanitarian crisis in a large swath of West African countries, the Canadian government says it will match aid funds raised privately until Sept. 30. The government commitment, announced Aug. 7, supplements $47.5 million in assistance already pledged by Ottawa. The new commitment could add tens of millions of dollars […] Read more


A girl stands outside a hut in Niger's capital, Niamey. This remote pocket of the Sahel is among areas facing a humanitarian crisis due to expected food shortages caused by drought in key food-producing countries. | Reuters/Richard Valdmanis photo

Food crisis looms: aid group

International aid organization Oxfam is warning that this summer’s drought in key food producing countries is putting millions of poor people at risk and bad political decisions play a role. In an August report, the non-governmental organization said drought in North America, Russia and Ukraine is cutting the amount of food available, raising prices beyond […] Read more