‘We are not out of the woods yet’ on drought relief efforts, warns top UN aid official in Somalia

18 February 2018 | Humanitarian Aid The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis is far from over. “We took stock, together with [Puntland’s] leadership, of the drought response as it has been so far, looking back …

Game-changing water solutions for the Middle East and North Africa

SUBMITTED BY CLAUDIA W. SADOFF ON WED, 11/22/2017 | CO-AUTHORS: ANDERS JAGERSKOG Also available in  العربية The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have become a hotspot of unsustainable water use, with more than half of current water withdrawals in some countries exceeding the amount naturally available. This could have serious long-term consequences for the region’s growth and stability. Solutions for narrowing the …

Be Inspired: 10 of USAID’s Best

Here’s how our actions, ideas, and passions helped empower people and expand opportunity around the globe this year From responding to Hurricane Maria to announcing a unique way to fund our efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, USAID has been busy in 2017 ensuring our assistance to developing countries will have the greatest impact possible. Check out this list of …

Cambodian farmers participate in cross-site visits to learn about Integrated Pest Management practices

 By Xenina Ibabao at 1:54 PM, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Farmers adapt new technologies by integrating new knowledge to existing practices based on their present conditions. The Ecologically-based Participatory Integrated Pest Management for rice in Cambodia (EPIC) Project, through its Learning Alliance platform, facilitated cross-site visits among farmers that enabled them to share their knowledge and experiences on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technologies. The …

The Environmental Impacts of Warehousing Refugees in Camps in Developing Countries

Much of the literature on refugee warehousing and their impacts on the host country’s environment assumes that refugees are exceptional resource degraders. The dominant conceptualization of refugees’ impacts on the host country’s environment treats refugees as actors with destructive behaviors rather than seeing the degradation as a result of inappropriate government policies, inefficient humanitarian assistance, and the lack of an …

Using Big Data to Help Combat Malnutrition in Africa

  Dr. Debisi Araba, CIAT   In this guest blog for the #SDG2countdown campaign‘s week on SDG2.2: ending malnutrition, Dr. Debisi Araba outlines a new big data initiative designed to detect malnutrition before disaster strikes. Dr. Araba is a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel, set up to provide evidence and promote dialogue for better outcomes in Agriculture and Food Security in …