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Where the Hungriest People in the World Live

The 2017 Global Hunger Index produced many sadly predictable findings but also worrying surprises. The report’s subtitle, “The Inequalities of Hunger,” suggests a reason. Naomi Hossain, the guest author of the report, looks at the power structures that can dictate every step of a food chain. “In food systems, power is exercised in a variety … Read more

A Gift for Balance: ‘Soba’ Ladies Sell Their Goods

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Everyday, from dawn to dusk, under intense sunshine, thousands of women travel to work through the streets of this capital of nearly three million inhabitants, managing like tightrope walkers the dusty, cratered roads, slaloming between cars and motos, the skin of their feet cracked by the daily march, the lines of … Read more

In Burkina Faso, a US Ambassador Wins Over a Slice of Francophone West Africa

Tulinabo Mushingi, center, the US ambassador to Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Nowhere can the positive presence of the United States in West Africa be more obvious than in the quiet, dusty nation of Burkina Faso, a mostly rural state surrounded by six other countries of ranging stability: Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo. Near the heart of a well-coordinated international, … Read more

A Monastery’s Farm in Burkina Faso Feels the Impacts of Climate Change

KOUBRI, Burkina Faso — More than 2,500 miles away from this village, world leaders met recently in Paris to try to save the earth from severe climate change and its deadly effects. Here in West Africa, people in rural communities scrape together livelihoods in a region that is extra-vulnerable to drought and hunger, problems brought … Read more

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After a Notable UN Career, Sending Young Women to University in Burkina Faso

SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX, France — My wife, Kathryn, was against it from the beginning. “You’ll have no time for yourself,” she said. In a sense, she was right. Five years after starting a nongovernment organization that supports women’s higher education in Burkina Faso, I spend three to four hours a day on the computer running an association … Read more

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