The African Union has set aside one day each year as a continent-wide day commemorating school feeding: the first of March. The commemoration was launched in 2016 after an African Union delegation visited Brazil to assess the Brazilian approach to school feeding. This led to the establishment of a collaboration of the World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger with the African Union. The annual commemorations have strengthened home-grown school feeding programmes through high-level debates, including public and private officials, civil society and international organisations. By 2019, 65.4 million schoolchildren received school meals in Africa, a 71 percent increase compared to 2013.

Nigeria is awaiting the result of the national elections, and the situation is already heated. Nigeria is awaiting the result of the national elections, and the situation is already heated. FAR-LeaF fellow Dr Hauwa Mohammed Sani recently presented on citizens’ rights to participate in peaceful and violence-free elections in Nigeria. She referred to violence frequently trailing Nigerian elections since independence in 1964 were marred by irregularities. This resulted in violence that claimed several lives and destroyed property.

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 due to the linked nature of its various factors, 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 in 2022 in the United States in Philadelphia.

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, the escalation of numerous pressures, including overexploitation, climate change and pollution, are immensely threatening African marine biodiversity and fisheries.

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.