UN and Africa: focus on Ebola, food staples and cattle breeding

Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba. Photo: UNifeed

Ebola Response Mission Closes Although Crisis Not Over Yet

“Considerable progress” has been made in combating the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa but the UN remains steadfast in its commitment to getting to zero cases. That’s according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who officially closed the UN’s emergency response mission in the region, UNMEER, at the end of July. More than 11,000 people died in the three most badly affected countries; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Maria Carlino asked UNMEER Spokesperson Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba about the UN’s strategies to end the epidemic and support social and economic recovery.

Getting West African food staples to market

File Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

With a population of more than 340 million—and growing—West Africa is home to a third of the African continent. But the region is struggling to feed its people.The World Bank believes governments can overcome this challenge by creating an integrated regional trade market for food staples.While rice, maize and cassava make up the bulk of the West African diet, the Bank says crop yields are low and trade in these foods is mostly informal, usually at local markets. A’Melody Lee reports on how West Africa can feed its people and even become a player in global food production.

Better cattle breeding through nuclear science

Photo: IAEA/Louise Potterton

Cattle breeders around the world have been trained in a process which can detect if artificial insemination has worked at an early stage. The procedure has proved to be a good way to get better quality and healthier livestock. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has worked with breeders in the use of a nuclear technique which can detect if insemination has been effective as early as within three weeks. Through partnership with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the agency has supported nearly 90 countries in the use of what it calls this "pregnancy test." Steve Thachet reports on how it's being applied in Tanzania.

Presenter: Tsigué Shiferaw
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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