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11 Dec 2012 description
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  • Food, goats & cash for assets in Kenya

  • SMART anaemia analysis in Bolivia

  • Cross-sectoral approach to Konzo in DRC

  • Food security in Afghanistan

  • Early warning system in Somalia

  • Integrating IYCF support in Ethiopia

  • Mitigating soil salinity effects in Bangladesh

05 Dec 2012 description

1) Moisture deficits remain following a mid-season dry spell that occurred in early November and recent drier than average conditions. With a shortened recovery period in the next several weeks, this could result in a deterioration of pastoral and agro-pastoral conditions, and possible crop yield reductions by the end of season throughout parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and eastern Tanzania.

28 Nov 2012 description

1) The return of below-average rainfall during the last week has re-strengthened moisture deficits following a mid-season dry spell that occurred in early November. With a shortened recovery period in the next several weeks, this could result in a deterioration of pastoral and agro-pastoral conditions, and possible crop yield reductions by the end of season throughout parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and eastern Tanzania.

22 Nov 2012 description

Increased rainfall during the last week helped to improve mid-season dryness across Kenya and Somalia, however moderate seasonal deficits remain for many local areas.

1) Even with a reduction of precipitation last week, several weeks of above-average rainfall has led to significant moisture surpluses. An elevated potential for moderate to heavy rainfall may trigger additional flooding, damage local infrastructure, and negatively impact cropping activities throughout Uganda, Kenya, northern Tanzania,
Rwanda and Burundi.

16 Nov 2012 description

Press Briefing Notes 16 November 2012 Spokesperson: Jumbe Omari Jumbe

IOM is today launching a community radio station at Kakuma, a town in North Western Kenya to assist in bringing about peace and harmony among the refugees and the host communities in the area.

The area has witnessed frequent conflicts between the refugees and the local communities and between the Turkana and neighbouring communities caused by the scramble for resources, especially food aid from the humanitarian agencies, pasture and water for the livestock.

14 Nov 2012 description

Heavy rains continue across eastern Kenya and Tanzania, while a mid-season cessation of rains bring developing moisture deficits to portions of Somalia and neighboring regions of Ethiopia and Kenya.

Heavy, but not well-distributed rains received in parts of Kenya, Somalia.

12 Nov 2012 description
report Pulitzer Center

Published November 10, 2012 Samuel Loewenberg

KAKUMA, Kenya —The Kakuma refugee camp is 60 miles from Sudanese border, in the uppermost reaches of the arid Turkana region of Kenya. It was opened in 1992 to house the 16,000 “lost” girls and boys fleeing the war from Sudan. These days, the overcrowded facility is home to around 100,000 people, driven there by violence not only from Sudan but also Ethiopia, Congo, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and a handful of other nations.

08 Nov 2012 description
  • Locally heavy, above-average amounts of precipitation are expected to continue for portions of Kenya, Tanzania, and the Lake Victoria region during the next seven days.

1) Following a week of heavy rains resulting in localized flooding and landslides in northern Tanzania and southwestern Kenya, a continuation of enhanced rainfall is expected to exacerbate many local areas experiencing overly saturated ground conditions.

31 Oct 2012 description
report Tufts University

Since its publication in 2009, the global LEGS project has supported awareness and use of LEGS via using a multi-faceted approach combining regional trainings, donor briefings, web-based communication, promotion via LEGS Steering Group members, and presentations at international and regional events. Given the humanitarian focus of LEGS, this strategy targeted key humanitarian donors, specific UN agencies and NGOs. The LEGS project does not work directly at country level, but relies on various actors to promote and coordinate LEGS at national and sub-national levels.

30 Oct 2012 description
  1. Population and General

There are approximately 20 million pastoralists across Sub-Saharan Africa. Pastoralists - people who depend primarily on livestock or livestock products for income and food- typically graze their animals on communally managed or open-access pastures, and move with them seasonally. Adding in agro-pastoralists-who derive 50 per cent of their income from non-livestock resources-the numbers reaches over 30 million in the Greater Horn of Africa (CAADP Policy Brief No.6, March 2012).

(Excerpt)

09 Oct 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the Australian International Food Security Centre has established its first office in Africa — in Nairobi, Kenya.

Senator Carr said under-investment in agricultural research and innovation is a key factor affecting Africa's ability to bring about food security.

'The new Centre will help Africa in its transition from a reliance on emergency food aid, to building a viable smallholder farming sector,' Senator Carr said.

25 Sep 2012 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 25 September 2012 (IRIN) - Faced with environmental degradation that threatens the livelihoods of many people in Africa, a group of 50 religious leaders met in Nairobi earlier this month and pledged to take concrete steps to mitigate the effects of climate change.

In Kenya, the Anglican Church, with an estimated five million followers, committed to increase the country’s forest cover by 10 percent over the next four years, and to promote soil conservation in 100,000 households.

23 Sep 2012 description
report EastAfrican

By KENNEDY SENELWA Special Correspondent

In Summary

  • Farmers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia are using strategies like crop-rotation and intercropping as well as planting more trees to combat erosion and increase water and soil quality.

  • A survey by Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) suggests shifts in farming practices are incremental but high levels of food insecurity prevent all the changes needed to cope with a changing climate.

17 Sep 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional El Niño Taskforce to coordinate mitigation measures

  • Kenya deploys security personnel to strife-torn Tana River district

  • Insecurity and flooding hamper access to conflict areas in Sudan and South Sudan

  • Water trucking still required in Oromia and Somali Regions of Ethiopia

  • Severe food shortages reported in Bakool region of southern Somalia

10 Sep 2012 description
report CGIAR

NAIROBI, KENYA (7 September 2012)—Smallholder farmers across East Africa have started to embrace climate-resilient farming approaches and technologies, according to new research recently published by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). At the same time, the survey evidence suggests that many of the changes in farming practices are incremental, rather than transformative in nature, and that high levels of food insecurity prevent many from making all of the changes needed in order to cope with a changing climate

04 Sep 2012 description

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 4 (UNHCR) – When last year's drought made some 12 million people in East Africa dependent on food aid, or when post-election violence drove nearly 700,000 Kenyans from their homes at the end of 2007, the most forgotten victims were people living with HIV.

"In emergencies, people can lose their way of making a living, become malnourished and more susceptible to disease. Desperate women and children can trade sex for food," says Sathya Doraiswamy, UNHCR's senior regional HIV officer.

31 Aug 2012 description

This monthly report is produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) The report covers the period from 30 July to 30 August 2012. The next report will be issued on 28 September 2012.

Highlights:

KENYA - Over 70,000 of Refugees in Ifo 2 East in desperate need of shelter.

KENYA - Kenya’s Ministry of .Livestock Development vaccinate over 70,000 livestock in Garissa County.

KENYA - Peace building and Psychosocial Training continue for communities in Northern Kenya