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The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching impacts on African economies, food insecurity and general well-being of African communities. Apart from the obvious health implications and disruption of livelihood, the pandemic has also disrupted food supply and left many people in real danger of acute starvation. As many countries adopt WHO[1] recommended procedures to limit the movement of people and goods to reduce the spread of the infection, small scale farming communities are bearing the burden of the major disruptions to the food supply systems, as well as unprecedented lost income, harvests and livestock. Fragile land tenure arrangements, especially for women farmers have contributed to increased vulnerabilities. As world food trade is coming to a halt, the pandemic has exposed how dependent African food systems are on global food imports, now buckling under border closures.  Investments in safeguarding local farmers’ rights, food systems and increased production are very low, leading to high food prices and widespread food insecurity and hunger in the region.

Last modified on Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:21

The Civil Society Hub (CSOHUB-Africa), a foremost online community of nonprofit practitioners – individual and organizations, aware of the bigger challenges, proposed a Tweet Chat for its members on concrete ways that they can cope with the Covid19 challenge. The Chat addressed the following issues: managing existing grants, HR issues, finance and contracts issues and managing the working from home nuances.

To read the full discussions, please click here.

 

Last modified on Friday, 08 May 2020 16:09
At TrustAfrica,we have established the COVID-19 Africa Solidarity Fund, the proceeds from which will be used to support Emergency Response Units deployed in several countries across the African continent, to help curb the spread of this pandemic.
Last modified on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:09

Dear Friends,

May Day Greetings to you all. We trust you are all safe and well.

International Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, or simply May Day, is a day when the world is invited to remember the hard working and living conditions of workers, not only during the industrial revolution but also, for most workers, in today’s world as well, despite the fact that they form the bedrock of the economy and of society.

Here is a fascinating article chronicling the history of May Day.  www.history.com

Last modified on Saturday, 02 May 2020 18:03

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Pan-African Foundation, TrustAfrica, presented a cheque of 6,000,000 Fcfa (Six million Francs CFA) to the Senegalese government to support its efforts toward combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Amadou HOTT, Senegal's Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation, who received TrustAfrica’s contribution from Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director of TrustAfrica applauded the gesture.

The minister while receiving the cheque said: "On behalf of the government of Senegal and His Excellency President Macky Sall, we thank TrustAfrica, its staff and all its partners for this outpouring of generosity."

He explained that the president’s call to action has been heard, and contributions have been coming in from international organizations and conglomerates as well as from ordinary citizenss.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 15:42

By MAHMOOD MAMDANI

Prof Mahmood Mamdani pens a farewell tribute reminding us that Prof Thandika Mkandawire was "both a complete intellectual and a complete human being".

Last modified on Monday, 27 April 2020 16:26
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