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16 Nov 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are home to more than two million refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Eritrea.
  • The bulk of this population — about 1.47 million people — is in Uganda, despite its economy and land size being smaller than those of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • The refugees are fleeing civil war and famine, only to find themselves unsettled, plagued by funding shortfalls from international donors, xenophobia and corrupt officials

By Pauline Kairu

03 Jun 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By ANDUALEM SISAY

Ethiopia’s cabinet has approved draft bill to lift state of emergency imposed in February following widespread anti-government protests.

The decision to lift the state of emergency, originally scheduled for August, was arrived at after the Council of Ministers meeting on Saturday morning.

The draft bill has been sent to parliament for approval.

24 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The Moyale district in Ethiopia continues to experience armed skirmishes that are causing refugees to fear for their safety. Kenya must not push refugees back by making life difficult for them in Kenya. The risk of serious human rights violations in Ethiopia is still very real.

By VICTOR NYAMORI

Ayantu, a 53-year-old mother of seven, had just finished preparing lunch for her children when military personnel surrounded her village.

28 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Tel Aviv says it has dropped its months-long plans to expel thousands of migrants who cross into the country through Egypt’s Sinai desert.
  • The move is said to have been taken after Uganda, which had indicated a willingness to take in 500 of them, “took too long” in acceding to Tel Aviv’s request.
  • Zambia and two other African countries are on Israel’s radar in its new plan for voluntary deportations.

By ALLAN OLINGO

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.

07 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Uganda now is dealing with a fresh influx of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are fleeing inter-communal violence in the country’s volatile Ituri region.
- The new arrivals compound the emergency situation for asylum seekers in Uganda, which last year become host of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with South Sudanese refugees crossing the one million mark.

22 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

African countries are facing a maize shortage and losses running into billions of dollars due to the devastation caused by the fall armyworm.

A new report released by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests.

11 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

-Maize production is expected to decline by between 20 and 30 per cent this crop year due to insufficient long rains and infestation by the fall armyworm across 27 counties.

  • A ban on maize exports by Tanzania saw exports to Kenya plunge by 54 per cent below average, and mostly through informal channels, according to Ministry of Agriculture data.

06 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

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.

03 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By ANDUALEM SISAY in Addis Ababa

The ongoing drought in the Horn and southern African countries and armyworms invasion, pose a major food security threat to the continent, official said.

The African Union Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Mrs Josefa Sacko, said armyworms affected maize production in close to half of the African countries, especially those already under stress due to the recent droughts in the Horn and southern Africa.

27 Jun 2017 description
report EastAfrican

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.

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.

29 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DAVID NJAGI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • An ongoing study shows that new stem borer species are colonising maize farms in the region, and could cost farmers about 88 per cent in crop losses.

  • The new stem borer species are projected to attack Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia, according to Bruno Leru, the lead researcher of the IRD-Icipe programme.

Maize farmers in East Africa have been warned of a looming stem borer infestation weeks after the onset of the long rains.

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.

14 Feb 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By SCOLA KAMAU, TEA Special Correspondent

In Summary

•GeoPoll, the global mobile survey platform, has partnered with Control Union, a global leader in agricultural certification, food safety and sustainability to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.

•For a start, the project will benefit countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana, before expanding to key markets in Asia including Indonesia and the Philippines.

04 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

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
report EastAfrican

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.