Poaching is threatening the very existence of elephants and rhinos across Africa, as wildlife parks struggle to keep up with their methods.
Two weeks ago, the conflict in Mali seemed like one of those wars in one of those far away places that most people had barely heard of.
Despite Africa being the ancestral home of President Obama, recent polls show he is losing favour in the continent.
Stephen O’Brien recently became the first Coalition minister to visit Niger and he saw how British aid is helping thousands of people survive the food crisis in West Africa.
What I saw in Niger was the very real human face of this terrible food crisis.
Britain will not sit back while children starve to death in the Sahel and the feeding centres I visited prove how our swift and early action is saving lives.
Some very dedicated people are doing vital work to help those who are suffering through no fault of their own.
Building on the work done in the last few months and the lessons learned from previous food and nutrition crises, I am confident that our intervention is extraordinarily effective.
Britain will provide a further £5.4 million of funding to help 200,000 people suffering from the food crisis in West Africa, the Government has announced.
It is hoped the emergency aid will feed an additional 60,000 people across Niger, Mali and Chad for six months.
It will also provide food vouchers for 80,000 people and animal feed and vaccinations to keep over 60,000 farmers’ livestock alive.
The Government is to match donations from the British public pound for pound in a charity appeal to battle the food crisis in West Africa.
International children's charity World Vision is trying to raise £5 million to help deliver food and medical care to people in the region.
The UK cannot expect to remain immune as al Qaeda, which is weakened following the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in May last year, looks to partnerships in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa to re-group and re-energise itself, a report from the Royal United Services Institute said.
The report's author Valentina Soria said western security and intelligence agencies face new challenges "as jihadism evolves and disperses into territories of ungoverned, or loosely governed, space across large stretches of the African continent".
"Most significant is the potential for radicalisation and then mobilisation of a new subset of British youths," she wrote.