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06 Sep 2017 description
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More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.

The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

27 Jun 2017 description
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In Summary

  • Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).

  • The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.

15 Feb 2016 description
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By DANIEL S. NTWARI

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 19:40

IN SUMMARY

  • With six official camps, Rwanda is home to Congolese and Burundian refugees totalling over 147,000, currently under the UNHCR-Rwanda programme.

  • UNHCR Rwanda programme now says that the Burundians will have to wait a little longer to have their concerns resolved.

  • UNHCR recently signed agreements with 11 international local partners for $10.8 million for the first phase of the 2016 refugee response in Rwanda.

24 Nov 2015 description
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By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • On November 11 alone, Uganda received some 881 Congolese refugees who are causing a strain on the already overstretched facilities, officials said.

  • Information from UNHCR shows that weekly arrivals from the DRC into Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement are above 600. Since the beginning of the year, over 25,781 have arrived from the North Kivu region alone.

24 Apr 2015 description
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The Food and Agriculture Organisation has launched a project to stem post-harvest losses in Africa.

Mireille Totobesola, FAO project manager, said the $2.7 million project will give small grants of about $1,000 to smallholder farmers in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso to reduce food losses through the provision of modern storage facilities.

The funding will also support establishment of an online platform, where African governments can pick up some lessons and seek the help of experts who are available on a chatroom.

06 Apr 2015 description
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IN SUMMARY

04 Sep 2014 description
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By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

01 Sep 2014 description
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IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

07 Jul 2013 description
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By EDMUND KAGIRE The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

23 May 2013 description
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By Joram Muhoozi Rwanda Today

Posted Friday, May 17 2013 at 18:45

In Summary

  • The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is working with the government to establish shelter and boost livelihoods for some returnees expected to be back in the country before the clause comes into effect.

As the UN Cessation Clause comes into effect some Rwf2 billion has been earmarked to support Rwandan refugees who are set to return to their motherland.

07 Apr 2013 description
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By GAAKI KIGAMBO Special Correspondent

In Summary

• There is a mixture of hope and pessimism that the talks will move faster than they did before, and deliver long term peace and stability to eastern DRC and by extension, the entire Great Lakes region

Talks between the M23 rebels and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo resume this week.

There is a mixture of hope and pessimism that the talks will move faster than they did before, and deliver long term peace and stability to eastern DRC and by extension, the entire Great Lakes region.

10 Mar 2013 description
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By GAAKI KIGAMBO

• The split in M23 ranks deepened further last week, when the breakaway faction set up a parallel administration and announced it was willing to cut a deal with Kinshasa.

Peace negotiations between the government of the DR Congo and M23 rebels, which have been going on in Kampala for the past month, have broken down owing to the split in the rebel group.

Now, Uganda’s Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga, who is the chief facilitator of the talks, needs to establish which of the two splinter groups represents the grievances of eastern Congo.

20 Jan 2013 description
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By GAAKI KIGAMBO Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, January 19 2013 at 19:19

IN SUMMARY

The four substantive issues, or clusters as they have been called, include the review of the March 23, 2009 Peace Agreement; security; social, economic and political matters; and, the mechanism for implementation of the resolutions adopted in Kampala.

31 Dec 2012 description
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By Joint Report The EastAfrican

In Summary

09 Dec 2012 description
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By EDMUND KAGIRE The EastAfrican

Posted Saturday, December 8 2012 at 19:03

As the government assured citizens that major programmes would not be affected by donors’ decision to withhold chunks of aid, it was focusing on weaning itself off dependence on them.

The Rwanda government will cut spending in some areas and revise its budget as it comes to terms with shrinking funding after key donors withheld aid over claims the country is supporting M23 rebels in eastern DRC.

13 Aug 2012 description
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By ISAAC KHISA The EastAfrican

The World Food Programme in Uganda is worried that the rising number of refugees fleeing conflict-hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, may force it to suspend services as early as September.

“We have spent more than $20 million but we have a shortfall of $4.6 million to cover the period between September and the end of the year,” WFP country director for Uganda Sory Ouane said.

He said that the agency had cut back on the rations but would shut down if no additional funds are received.

11 Aug 2012 description
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Violent conflict, porous borders, regional integration and poor healthcare infrastructure have created the perfect storm to make the region particularly susceptible to the deadly disease.

The Ebola outbreak in western Uganda over the past two weeks reveals how violent conflict, porous borders and poor healthcare infrastructure have created the perfect storm to make the region particularly susceptible to the deadly disease.

23 Jul 2012 description
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By ISAAC KHISA The EastAfrican

The Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca) has created an online portal through which scientists in member countries will share research on agriculture.

The $1.2 million project dubbed Regional Agricultural Information and Learning System is funded by the African Development Bank through the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, that works with national agricultural research institutions and other stakeholders at country level.

17 Jul 2012 description
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By SHEILA NATURINDA and JOHN NJOROGE

President Museveni will host a summit of the Great Lakes region states to resolve the ongoing political instability and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The summit, which is scheduled for next month, follows the just-ended 19th ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the African Union in Addis Ababa, which recommended the formation of an army to support the weak DRC government.

11 May 2012 description
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By EDMUND KAGIRE

The recent violent clashes between forces loyal to rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda and the Congolese army in the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo could help the Rwandan rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda to regroup.

The Rwandan army is now pushing for dialogue between the two parties after holding talks with top Congolese military officials last week.