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Land and tree incentives entice Kenyan farmers to save forests


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00 AM
Author: Pius Sawa

KAKAMEGA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Kenyan government plan to increase the country's forest cover by giving local people incentives to plant and preserve trees is paying off, resulting in more productive farmers and a landscape better able to cope with the changing climate.

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Kenya + 3 others
281 refugees transferred to camps

Some 281 refugees have been taken back to their camps from Nairobi in the last three days, the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination has said.

The ministry’s director of communication Mwenda Njoka said this was in line with government policy to have refugees settled only in gazette refugee camps.

The refugees who were netted during the ongoing security operation in Nairobi and screened at Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma camps.

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Kenya + 3 others
100 more refugees relocated to camps


More than 100 refugees have been taken to camps as the government insists it will not backtrack in clearing them from urban areas.

Refugee Affairs Commissioner Haron Komen told the Nation that 111 people were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps on Thursday night.

They were part of those detained in Kasarani Safaricom Stadium for scrutiny of their identification papers.

“This number only accounts for those that the government has transported,” said Mr Komen.

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Press Release on the Killing of Innocent Kenyan Citizens by Suspected Al Shabab Militia and Sheikh Abubakr Shariff, Ibrahim “Rogo” Omar and Aboud Rogo Mohammed

The Chairperson of the Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial Killings in Africa (the Chairperson) is concerned about reports of the killing of innocent civilians in grenade attacks at various locations in Nairobi and Mombasa, including at a place of worship. The Chairperson is similarly concerned about the “drive-by” killing of Sheikh Abubakar Shariff in Mombasa earlier this month, and the killing of Ibrahim “Rogo” Omar and Aboud Rogo Mohammed in October 2013 and August 2012, respectively.

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South Sudan + 5 others
South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

On the first of April, I walked with great sadness through the United Nations compound in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, now in free fall after a hopeful beginning three years ago. The compound is sheltering more than 21,000 displaced people who fled to safety after a spasm of violence in mid-December killed untold thousands.

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Kenya + 1 other
Nairobi Demands Refugees Return to Camps

Rights groups warn that counter-terror crackdown will discriminate against Somalis while bringing few tangible security gains.

By an IWPR reporter in Kenya - International Justice - ICC

ACR Issue 387,

17 Apr 14

Ignoring past criticism, the Kenyan government has repeated orders for refugees living in the country to return to designated camps.

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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South Sudan + 4 others
Care and Dignity in Conflict: Life-saving services for South Sudanese women and girls

Urgent appeal: South Sudanese people need help now

UNFPA needs $25 million to reach refugees and internally displaced people

In December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and spread quickly around the country. The conflict has so far displaced 740,000 people, the vast majority of them in four states.

What is the impact on maternal/reproductive health?

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Kitui County Larger Mwingi Sub County EWS Drought Monitoring Bulletin March 2014

Situation overview

  • The onset of the long rains season started earlier than normal on 13th of March 2014. The spartial and temporal distribution is poor especially in the Marginal mixed livelihood zone which has not received more than 3 wet days of rainfall. The Mixed livelihood zone had 5 to 7 wet days of rainfall.

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Moyale Sub-County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • Erratic rainfall was received in the month of March across Agro-pastoral and pastoral livelihood zones. The situation is below normal at this particular period of the year. The month was characterized by chilly temperature with cloud cover.

  • The onset of long rains was characterized by below average rainfall amounts.

  • Quality and quantity of browse and pasture is fair and improving when compared to the preceding month and is normal across the livelihood zones. Standing hay improved.

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Nyeri County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • March-April-May (MAM) rainy season onset began in mid March. The onset was timely while its progress was slow and scanty as we proceed into the month of April. So far, good rains were realized for between 4 to 5 days in both Kieni East and West sub counties, besides an equivalent number of days of light rains during the month. Current rains were however below average compared to normal. Rainfall estimate for the month stood at 64.08mm, compared to the long term estimate of 93.51mm accounting for 68.5 percent of normal.

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Narok County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation overview

  • The overall early warning stage of the district is NORMAL, with stability. Rains improved and led to better water and pasture availability.

  • A total of 71 mm of rainfall was received in the county during the month, more than 27 mm of the previous month. The rainfall was heavy and had a good impact on water, pasture and browse situations.

  • The quality and quantity of pasture/browse was good and on the upward trend. Available pasture is approximated to last over two months if the trend continues.

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Samburu County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • The County received 2 days of erratic rainfall in each of the second and third dekad which averaged 23.21mm.

  • The quality and quantity of browse and pasture was fair to poor but is expected to gradually improve if the rain continues.

  • The main sources of water for households were traditional river wells, natural rivers, pans/ dams, shallow wells, boreholes, Natural Ponds and Springs. Distances to water points for both households and livestock significantly decreased compared to February.

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Tana River County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • The long rains have started with light showers experienced in Hola Town, Bura, Garsen,Assa,Kipini and Chamwanamuma. These have made the current water stress to subside and vegetation cover has shown some signs of improvement. Temperatures have remained stable ranging between 30°C to 35°C

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Tharaka Nithi County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview:

  • The month of March registered onset of the long-rains season of which rainfall was recorded in various parts of the county in the second and third dekad for an average of four days.

  • The quantity and quality of natural pasture and browse was poor but improving across all livelihoods.

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Wajir County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014


  • The county situation is returning to normal, following the onset of rains. Only the pastoral-all species livelihood zone has received a relatively low amount of rainfall as compared to others.

  • Regeneration of pasture and browse in areas that received showers in the 1st and 2nd weeks (10th -23th) was observed. Both quality and quantity of pastures and browse in all livelihood zones is improving.

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West Pokot County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • The County experienced moderate rainfall amounts of 40 mm – 80 mm. However the progression so far was erratic.

  • The onset of the rains was in the second week of the month and this was normal at this time of the year.

  • Temporal distribution was poor while spatial distribution was fair as moderate rains were experienced across all the livelihoods.

  • Land preparation and planting is ongoing in the mixed farming livelihoods.

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Uganda + 8 others
East Africa Food Security Outlook - April to September 2014

Assumptions for quarterly food security analysis

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