Rule of Law and Food Production.  Pirates Terrorize Nigeria's Fishing Fleet.  "The surge in deadly attacks on fishing crews caused the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association to call the fleets of its members, nearly 200 vessels, back to shore in February. That meant a work stoppage for an estimated 20,000 workers and the drying up of the bulk of the local fish market."  NY Times.

posted June 12, 2008 at 10:40 a.m.


Corruption in Food Aid Delivery   "Zimbabwean authorities confiscated a truck loaded with 20 tons of American food aid for poor schoolchildren and ordered that the wheat and pinto beans aboard be handed out to supporters of President Robert Mugabe at a political rally instead, the American ambassador said Wednesday."  NY Times.

posted June 12, 2008 10:40 a.m.


New Atlas of Africa Catalogs environmental changes.  The UN's Environmental Programme just released an Atlas of Africa.  "The Atlas also shows that erosion and chemical and physical damage have degraded about 65 per cent of the continent’s farmlands. In addition, slash and burn agriculture, coupled with the high occurrence of lightning across Africa, is thought to be responsible for wild fires.  Over 300 million people on the continent already face water scarcity, and areas experiencing water shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to increase by almost a third by 2050."

posted June 12, 2008 at 8:40 a.m