Food security is a fundamental human right. Despite this, there are still over 800 million people around the world who need more food. Over one-third (278 million) of these people live in Africa. Food security is a complex topic to solve due to the linked nature of its various factors, all of which influence food security results. Household food insecurity is a significant barrier to sustainable development goals and must be addressed. For this reason, FAR-LeaF fellow Dr Dorothy Tembo is organising a research seminar on the intersection and diverse perspectives of food security, water, energy, culture and social capital in Sub-Saharan Africa.

FAR-LeaF Fellow Dr David Ssekamatte was recently recognised as one of 10 outstanding scholars by Carnegie Corporation New York at the African Studies Association (ASA) annual conference 2022 held in Philadelphia in the United States.

FAR-LeaF fellow Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma ended 2022 on a high note: Three studies were published in prominent international scientific research journals. Dr Chukwuma is a lecturer in the Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering Department of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Nigeria. Two of his published research works consider waste management. At the same time, one is centred on integrating GIS and an advanced decision model to tackle erosion, a significant environmental hazard in the South-east of Nigeria.

FAR-LeaF fellow Dr Anna Msigwa was selected to participate in the 2022 Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Early Career Fellowship programme.

FAR-LeaF fellow Dr Tabitha Amollo of Kenya recently participated in the African Early Career Researchers Meeting (AECRM) at the University of Pretoria.

Marine and coastal fisheries contribute significantly to Africa’s economy and play significant social and nutritional roles in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, escalation of numerous pressures, including overexploitation, climate change and pollution are immensely threatening marine biodiversity and fisheries in Africa.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) commemorated Malaria Day last week on the 6th of November. The initiative aims to create awareness about malaria and mobilise the community to participate in existing malaria control programs.

Dr Ebenezer F. Amankwaa was named Best Overall Researcher at the University of Ghana’s 5th International Conference of the College of Humanities in October.

FAR-LeaF research fellow Dr Nkechi Owoo was one of three women researchers from Ghana and Nigeria who won the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative’s 2022 Peter Berck’s Best Discussion Paper Award. The team was recognized for their research on the role of social networks in the diffusion and adoption of soil conservation practices over space and time in Nigeria.