Imagine being able to tell what someone ate thousands of years ago just by examining their bones and teeth. This was what a team of researchers did recently when they analysed the teeth and bones of people buried in Taforalt Cave, north-east Morocco, during the Late Stone Age. Their findings challenge the traditional view that a heavy reliance on plant-based diets started only with agriculture. Zineb Moubtahij unpacks the findings.

In a recent report, the Norwegian Refugee Council listed the 10 most neglected displacement crises in the world. African countries made up nine of the 10 worst crises in 2023 that forced people to flee their homes, with Burkina Faso topping the list for the second year in a row. The situation in these countries has largely been ignored by the media, humanitarian efforts are severely underfunded and international support to find political solutions is insufficient. However, at The Conversation Africa, we’ve worked with academics to shed light on these crises. Here are six articles that explain what’s going on.

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Wale Fatade

Commissioning Editor: Nigeria

Hunter-gatherer diets weren’t always heavy on meat: Morocco study reveals a plant-based diet

Zineb Moubtahij, Leiden University

Findings from a new study challenge the traditional view that a heavy reliance on plant-based diets started only with the advent of agriculture.

Displaced by violent conflict: the world’s most neglected crises are in Africa – six essential reads

Kagure Gacheche, The Conversation

Burkina Faso tops the list of the world’s most neglected crises in the world for the second time in a row.

Cholera can kill you within hours if left untreated: how to recognise the symptoms and protect yourself

Samuel Kariuki, Kenya Medical Research Institute

Severe weather such as drought and floods is contributing to cholera outbreaks in Africa.

Farming with a mixture of crops, animals and trees is better for the environment and for people – evidence from Ghana and Malawi

Laura Vang Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen; Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, University of Denver; Ingo Grass, University of Hohenheim; Marney Isaac, University of Toronto; Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell University

Transitions to diversified farming systems in Africa will require financial support. But barriers can be overcome.

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