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01 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Five countries hosting Somali refugees asked to speed up legislation to allow free movement, education and employment for the refugees.
- Despite efforts by the Somalia government to create a conducive environment for voluntary return supported by the international donors, the security situation has not improved forcing these countries to accommodate considerable number of returnees.

By Fred Oluoch

26 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti and Yemen — home to about 900,000 Somali refugees — are still struggling to ease movement of refugees, integrate them into national development programmes and give them access to services and jobs.

This is mainly because international partners that support the Nairobi Action Plan created in March last year, are constrained by funding other programmes elsewhere, among them security and environmental degradation.

14 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By Jeff Otieno and Apolinari Tairo

IN SUMMARY

  • East Africans should brace for three months of El Niño rains, local and international meteorologists have warned.

  • The torrential rains are expected between September and December in most areas, but will extend to February next year in some parts of the greater Horn of Africa region.

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

31 Jan 2011 description
report EastAfrican

By SCOLA KAMAU

Agricultural productivity across Africa has plummeted greatly as a result of climate change, pointing to future food crises on the continent.

According to the Worldwatch Institute, a New York-based environment research organisation, there is an urgent need for sweeping policy changes on the continent to combat worsening weather patterns.

Africa's major focus is on adaptation, ignoring other factors, hence the sluggish progress in combating climate change.

Tree planting is a preferred initiative with the recent heads of state proposal to plant a Great Green …

01 Nov 2010 description
report EastAfrican

By Lucas Barasa

More than 800 police officers will be trained in Kenya and Djibouti to help bring peace in war-torn Somalia.

Two hundred cadets will undergo a three-month training in Manyani, Kenya, while 600 others will be trained in Djibouti.

The African Union Commission deputy special representative, Wafula Wamunyinyi, said 80 senior officers will be trained in South Africa and Rwanda from January, next year.

Mr Wamunyinyi who was accompanied by African Union Mission to Somalia Police Commissioner, Hudson Benzu, said all 7000 police officers currently serving in Somalia also …

05 Apr 2010 description
report EastAfrican

Heavy rains are currently pounding many parts of East Africa.

Despite the trail of destruction they are leaving in their wake, they also bring with them great opportunity.

The long rains season is projected by the meteorologists to last into June for most areas in the region.

If harvested and stored, the huge volumes of waters from these torrential rains could be used to transform agricultural production all over the region, including the dry areas, greatly boosting food security.

Experts have repeatedly called for a shift from the rain-fed agriculture that is mostly the …

07 Sep 2009 description
report EastAfrican

By MATHIAS RINGA

Countries from the Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa are to harmonise their laws to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

"In order to address the problem effectively, we have resolved to harmonise our laws so that we can rein in the culprits.