Millet has high levels of iron and other micronutrients, is very tolerant to drought and can keep for a long time. (Photo/ Flickr/ Rootytoot)

Going Back To Your Roots: Africa Must Re-Adopt Its ‘Orphan Crops’ In The Face Of A Changing Environment

More than 95% of the global populations food needs relies on maize, rice and wheat, with global food security dependent on fewer than 30 plant species. Indigenous African crops can battle a range of stresses like drought

Sukuma wiki (collard greens) and tomatoes, which have experienced dramatic price surges in the past few months in Kenya. (Photo/Annie Bungeroth/ CAFOD)

Food Price Surge In Kenya Causing Grief, Here’s What It Tells Us About What’s Wrong With African Cities

Kenya’s current food price spike is just the latest in a longer, slower food price inflation that has been unfolding over the past few years, which has something to do with the broader structural problems of African cities

Somalia: The severe drought has led to the deaths of numerous livestock putting the livelihood of the pastoralist community in jeopardy. (UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Mulugeta Ayene)

Nearly 40 Million People in 17 African Countries Facing The Harsh Effects Of Drought This Year

What makes food price spikes all the harder to bear is that there is rarely a corresponding increase in peoples wages. And when the drought is over, prices often stay stubbornly high

Market woman in Nairobi, Kenya. The prices of fresh produce in the city have risen rapidly in the past ten years. (Photo/ Pixabay)

Tomatoes And Carrots Are An Early Warning Signal Of What’s Wrong With Africa’s Cities. Seriously

In many cities, fresh produce is often transported either by handcart or by motorcycle. Though on the surface they seem cheap, they are hugely inefficient from a technological perspective, and there’s a big cost to it