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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.


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

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.

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.

03 Jul 2017 description
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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.

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican


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.

01 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican


  • 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.

10 Mar 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By Fred Oluoch

Somali refugees began voluntarily going home recently after an agreement between the government of Kenya, Somalia and UNHCR. Fred Oluoch talked with the country representative Raouf Mazou about their resettlement in Somalia.

Do you think the tripartite agreement between the governments of Kenya and Somalia; and the UNHCR to repatriate Somali refugees was timely?

25 Nov 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican

- The frequency of droughts, floods and unpredictable rainfall have increased, impacting negatively on the region’s food security status.

John Obuom, a 43-year-old farmer from Nyando Basin in western Kenya, knows very well how devastating the effects of climate change can be not only for an individual but also for a whole community.

For many years, the vagaries of weather hit his family in the most vital place of all — the dinner table.

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.

25 Jul 2011 description
report EastAfrican

The East African region is facing its worst famine in nearly 60 years. Up to 11 million people are affected, which has forced the United Nations to declare the first famine in the region in 25 years.

The crisis is particularly acute in war-ravaged Somalia, where an estimated 10,000 people have died for far, and another three million people need food assistance. In Kenya, 3.6 million people are starving and in Ethiopia, the number stands at 4.5 million.

05 Apr 2010 description
report EastAfrican


Posted Monday, April 5 2010 at 00:00

Why do so many communities in East Africa possess and buy small arms even in "peacetime"?

Why have the numerous disarmament exercises carried out by the Kenyan, Ugandan and Ethiopian authorities failed so signally to reduce the phenomenon?

The answer is that small arms have been integrated into normal daily lives of the East African people as a way of expanding options, rather than as an aspect of abnormal times of war.

Removing weapons from communities is therefore no solution; the aim should be to render …

14 Nov 2009 description
report EastAfrican


East Africa is among regions that have been put on a malaria vaccine trial as world scientists frantically seek a lasting solution to the world's leading killer disease.

Named RTTS and developed by GlaxoSmithkline, the vaccine is being tested in seven African countries - Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania - by the Path Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

A third of the 16,000 targeted children have already received the jab, according to researchers attending the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African Malaria Conference …

26 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican

The refugee situation in East Africa has reached alarming levels and the United Nations is urging members countries to adopt the Tanzanian formula of integration.

Even though there is no armed conflict in East Africa at the moment, there are about 880,000 refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

This is because of civil war in Burundi prior to the peace talks, strife in Somalia and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the post election violence in Kenya.

The latest report by the United …

19 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican


Youngsters aged between 5-19 in regions like East Africa are now the most vulnerable group to malaria following the successful distribution of the free bednets to protect children under five and pregnant women against the killer fever, according to a new study.

The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in the free online journal BMC Public Health says that the shift in vulnerability is due to the fact that younger children are more likely to have access to the few bednets already distributed than their older siblings, who also are exposed to bites by …

27 May 2005 description
report EastAfrican


A lobby group wants refugees in Kenya to pay income tax.

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya said refugees, especially those in the urban areas, were engaged in gainful businesses for which they did not pay taxes because they were not properly registered. It urged the Government to address the anomaly.

"The more than 60,000 refugees in urban areas do not rely on any institution to maintain their upkeep.