President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

Seán Sherlock TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funding of €600,000 and emergency supplies are to be sent to assist communities battling the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, Minister of State for Dev(...)

A resident of the West Point neighbourhood, which has been quarantined following an outbreak of Ebola, receives food rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Monrovia. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew last week and put the West Point neighbourhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease. Photograph: 2Tango/Reuters

The world’s worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) (...)

An Israeli soldier during a media tour organized by the army of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinians for cross-border attacks, on the Israel-Gaza border yesterday. Photograph: Jack Guez/Pool via The New York Times

The number of fatalities in Gaza climbed to more than 820 yesterday as the Israeli bombardment of the strip continued by air, sea and land. Large swat(...)

Speaking in Cairo, US secretary of state John Kerry said both sides still had some “terminology” to agree on but that they had a “fundamental framework” for a ceasefire. Photograph: EPA

  The prospects of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip were in the balance last night after Israel rejected a proposal tabled by US secretary of(...)

People work in a field near Aleppo in Syria. Some 6.5 million Syrians could require emergency rations, the World Food Programme has warned. Photograph: Nour Kelze/Reuters

The World Food Programme has warned that war-torn Syria is facing a drought that could threaten the lives of (...)

French peacekeeping soldiers leave their base in Mpoko international airport in Bangui last December. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

The road from Bangui to Brussels goes through Paris, literally and figuratively. Catherine Samba Panza, the interim president of the Central A(...)

Nearly 11,000 Muslims are living in difficult conditions in Boda, 140km from the Central African Republic’s capital,  Bangui. Photograph: Thierry Bresillon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Scores of ruined houses flank the road into Boda. The roofless, blackened walls and charred timber are the scars of a three-day rampage of mutu(...)

 ‘Hunger steals a child’s future. The effects of hunger do not stop there. Hunger exacts a heavy toll on national economies.’ Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

It is a tragedy that in today’s world hunger still threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, devastating children’s futures as(...)

A swarm of the red locusts 20 kilometres north of the town of Sakaraha, south west Madagascar, on April 27th last year.  The swarms will return later this month, devastating food crops. Photograph:  Bilal Tarabey/AFP/Getty Images

First, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add a bagful of live locusts – untreated by pesticides – and stir. Simmer for a few minutes, then drain(...)