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04 Apr 2018 description

by Irene Amuron and Catalina Jaime, Climate Centre, Nairobi

Ten national African meteorological services were last month represented at the first dialogue platform for forecast-based financing (FbF) to be held on the continent, hosted by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in Nairobi.

14 Mar 2017 description

Tablet computers and mobile networks are bringing the latest in online education to students in refugee camps, and it’s firing up their interest in learning

By: Catherine Wachiaya in Dadaab, Kenya | 14 March 2017

Dekow Mohamed was still buzzing days after her role model, the Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai, visited her school in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya last May.

25 Jun 2014 description
  • Increased rains observed over the central parts of West Africa.

  • Slow start of the June-September rains observed over parts of Eastern Africa.

18 Jun 2014 description

Favorable rainfall distribution observed across the western parts of West Africa.

Marginal rainfall continues in Eastern Africa.

1) Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season had negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Limited rains are forecast over southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya during the next week, which could sustain poor conditions on the ground.

11 Jun 2014 description
  • Rainfall deficits have increased over portions of West Africa.
  • Slightly reduced rains observed in Eastern Africa.

1) Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season had negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Although some areas could still receive enhanced rains over the next week, the ending rainy season could worsen conditions further on the ground.

04 Jun 2014 description

Rainfall forecasts suggest no respite in wetness across far western West Africa during the next outlook period.

An irregular distribution of rainfall was observed in Eastern Africa during the March-May rainy season.

28 May 2014 description
  • Dry, drought conditions persisted across much of western Kenya.

  • Torrential rains impacted far western West Africa including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

29 May 2013 description
  • At last week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, health ministers from around the world acknowledged the progress achieved in the past year in bringing polio to its lowest ever levels, thanks to actions of Member States in placing polio eradication on an emergency footing. Delegates endorsed the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 to secure a lasting polio-free world and urged for its full implementation and financing.

08 Apr 2013 description

Ottawa — Les gens doivent jouir d’une bonne santé pour réaliser leur plein potentiel : les enfants assimilent mieux ce qu’on leur enseigne, les travailleurs sont plus productifs et, à long terme, les gens sont mieux à même de contribuer à la croissance économique durable de leurs collectivités et de leurs pays.

08 Apr 2013 description

Ottawa — Good health is necessary for people to reach their full potential: children learn better at school, workers are more productive, and over the long term, people can better contribute to the sustainable economic growth of their communities and of their countries.

03 Feb 2010 description

Submitted by Mike on Wed, 03/02/2010 - 13:48

Africa's livestock producers are bucking a trend, by proving resilient to climate change and generating huge economic benefits for their nations and regions, say researchers in a book published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and SOS Sahel.

It shows how pastoralism is a major economic player and contributor to many African economies and one whose importance is only set to grow as climate change takes hold.

"Pastoralists manage complex webs of profitable cross-border trade and draw …

05 Oct 2009 description
report Oxfam

The climate witnesses will testify about the impacts which climate is already having

"The testimony of women and men who are already struggling to cope with a changing climate is a powerful reminder of what is at stake in the international climate negotiations."

Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson, Honorary President of Oxfam International and former UN commissioner for human rights, will hear testimony from people living on the climate front line at a special tribunal in Cape Town.

The climate witnesses from across Africa will testify about the impacts …

26 Aug 2009 description

FEWS NET overviews

EAST AFRICA: In Kenya, the 2009 national long rains assessment has found that food security among pastoralists has declined in Marsabit, Isiolo, Samburu, Tana River and marginal agricultural producers in Mwingi and Kitui due to the combined effects of drought, high food prices, livestock disease, and conflict. As a result, 3.8 million rural Kenyans are currently highly to extremely food insecure.

02 Jul 2008 description

The global food crisis has affected households around the world, but has had a particularly harsh impact on the most vulnerable families in developing nations. For this reason, the US Government, including USAID/OFDA, is responding to the crisis.

03 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary:

From 2006 to 2007, donors continued to support ongoing programmes and plans for longer-term Keep-Up programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Liberia. A Hang-Up and Keep-Up programme was also initiated in Indonesia.

31 Oct 2005 description

AFRICA: In eastern Africa, despite improved outlook for current season crops in several countries, more than 18 million people are in need of food assistance. In western Africa, notwithstanding improved harvest prospects generally in the Sahel, the food security situation is still of concern notably in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Southern Africa, food insecurity is worsening for an estimated 12 million people due to reduced harvests in 2005, escalating food prices and rising energy costs.