In East Africa, it's not just a pandemic making life difficult. Heavy rains, an ongoing locust outbreak and the closure of open-air food markets due to COVID-19 all lead to major concerns over food security.
While a lot of attention has been paid to the ideological underpinnings of extremist groups like al-Shabab, the new attack in Nairobi shows how increasingly local factors like poverty are driving the growth of extremism in East Africa.
Tanzania was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to embrace family planning. But current president John Magufuli made headlines when he said he does “not see any need for birth control," asserting that population growth is actually an economic boon to the East African nation.
An invasion of banana bacterial wilt last decade was predicted to destroy 90 percent of the country’s crops at a cost of $4 billion. The disease was stopped, but only after expensive and protracted interventions by the government.
For three seasons in a row, the rains in parts of East Africa have failed to come, resulting in a drought more severe than many can remember. Cattle have been particularly hard hit in areas where many of the pastoralist people depend on beef as their main
More than a decade ago nations agreed that richer countries should pay poorer countries for "clean development" that reduces carbon emissions. The first tree carbon project in Africa under this agreement is now underway. But the trees aren't native, and t