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Ethiopia: Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans

Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture, Lake Turkana’s water levels have dropped

Drought exacerbates malnutrition among Children in the Horn of Africa

By George Okore Experts warn that the prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa may aggravate nutrition and food-related challenges including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, obesity and non-communicable diseases. World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that over 8.5 million people in the Horn of Africa, mostly children, are facing crisis food security conditions, with more than

Kenya, Tanzania to conduct elephant aerial survey

Kenya Wildlife Service with support from various partners will next week conduct the Tsavo-Mkomazi elephant aerial survey. The first three days of the census taking place between February12-24, 2017 will be dedicated to intensive training and induction of participants. The Elephant aerial census in Kenya has been carried out systematically every three years. The last

Declare ongoing drought a national disaster, Kenya government urged

The ongoing drought in Kenya rightly qualifies to be termed a national disaster, an environmentalist has said. Speaking to Africa Science News in Busia county, the Kenya Forest Services coordinator James Were said, the drought has so far led to death of livestock, humanity and has hugely disrupted lifestyle and livelihoods. “The Social-economic and environmental

UN launches campaign to invest in degraded lands to create jobs, boost incomes and food security

“Our land. Our home. Our Future,” is the rallying call for this year’s celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2017. The slogan draws global attention to the central role productive land can play in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable,

HE Tumusiime Rhoda Peace to moderate keynote in Nairobi

The Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace will address delegates at the forthcoming Agri Logistics East Africa Summit, co-located with the eAgri East Africa Summit, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Rhoda Peace will chair and moderate a high-level keynote session that will focus on the

Cassava Initiative makes good progress, sets up trials in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative in 2016 established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. The trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with its international and national partners to increase the productivity of cassava and

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