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11 Dec 2015 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Child marriage is on the rise in Ethiopia due to the worst drought in decades, the government and agencies said on Friday, as Oxfam warned of a "full-blown disaster" unless more than $1 billion in food aid is found for 10 million people.

Agencies predict the El Niño weather phenomenon will cause record levels of malnutrition in Africa's second most populous nation, famed for war- and drought-induced famine in 1984.

07 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:52 GMT
Author: Laurie Goering

PARIS, Dec. 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bolivia produces national, regional and even city weather predictions and warnings. But getting that information into the hands of people in the path of an oncoming drought or flood quickly and in a form they can use has long been a problem.

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24 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:56 GMT

Author: Magda Mis

By Magdalena Mis

LONDON, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of people in Ethiopia are in need of food assistance as the El Nino climate phenomenon has deepened a severe drought, aid agencies said on Friday.

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11 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:00 GMT

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Horn of Africa is becoming drier in step with global warming, researchers said on Friday, contradicting some climate models predicting rainier weather patterns in a region that has suffered frequent food crises linked to drought.

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06 Sep 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:47 GMT

By Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 16-year-old Alem fled his home country, Eritrea, in February of this year he never imagined he would be heading for a new life in Britain.

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08 Dec 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:43 GMT
Author: E.G. Woldegebriel

By E.G. Woldegebriel

YABELO, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nomadic livestock herders in Ethiopia have received their first payout from an insurance scheme that tracks poor pasture conditions with satellite technology.

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04 Nov 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:45 GMT

Author: Kagondu Njagi

GONDAR, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When increasingly erratic weather ruined his crops of maize, wheat and barley in highland Maksegni, the middle-aged farmer migrated to Metemma, in northwest Ethiopia, to look for work in the lowland area’s commercial sesame and cotton plantations.

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01 Aug 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:17 GMT
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Kenyan human rights group has taken legal action against the government, accusing it of separating 300 children from their parents who were arrested and taken to refugee camps four months ago.

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08 Jul 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:15 GMT
Author: E.G. Woldegebriel

EJERE WOREDA, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thirty years after the famine that killed more than a million people in Ethiopia and shocked the world into belated action, the country’s scientists and farmers are taking the fight against climate change and food insecurity down to the ground.

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13 May 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 12 May 2014 02:32 PM
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young children are being left behind in Kenya while their parents are deported or sent to camps, rights groups said, as police have rounded up thousands of immigrants in an anti-terrorist operation.

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08 Apr 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:00 PM
Author: Pius Sawa

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, who farm some of the least fertile land on the continent, have developed a training manual to encourage more sustainable farming practices among millions of African Muslims facing a threat to their food security from climate change.

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18 Mar 2013 description
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Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:51 GMT

Source: alertnet // Chelsea Diana

LONDON (AlertNet) - Despite Ethiopia’s heavy investment in irrigated cotton and sugarcane farming in the Awash valley, pastoralism could be just as effective a way to deal with changing climate conditions there, researchers from the Imperial College of London say in a new report.

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25 Jan 2013 description
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By Lucas Liganga

LONDIGO, Tanzania (AlertNet) – The loss of more than half their livestock in the 2009 drought has led Maasai pastoralists in northern Tanzania’s Arusha region to breed fewer, stronger cattle and end their traditional focus on numbers alone as symbols of wealth and status.

The impact of that devastating drought, which dealt a blow to the whole nation’s economy, is still visible in the small number of cattle in many villages of Engarenaibor in Arusha’s Longido district.

17 Sep 2012 description
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By Isaiah Esipisu

ADDIS ABABA (AlertNet) – In the sprawling estate of Gurara on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, women farmers are busy working on a two-hectare plot where they grow fruit and vegetables.

The piece of land allocated to the Gurara Women’s Association by the government is a source of income for some 200 city dwellers.

13 Sep 2012 description
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By Pawlos Belete

ADDIS ABABA (AlertNet) – Millions of Ethiopians face severe food shortages as a result of the failure of crucial seasonal rains, a problem increasingly linked to climate change.

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11 Jul 2012 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) - African leaders should increase funding for contraceptive services if they want to reduce poverty and hunger, the prime ministers of Ethiopia and Rwanda said ahead of an international summit on family planning.

Writing in the Lancet medical journal, Rwanda’s Pierre Damien Habumuremyi and Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi said improving access to contraception also was vital for bringing down “unacceptably high” maternal mortality rates on the continent.

24 Apr 2012 description
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By Thin Lei Win

HANOI (AlertNet) - Climate change threatens to reduce catches from fisheries and worsen hunger among some of sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest people, who rely on fish as a major source of protein and earnings, according to new research from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

13 Feb 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – East Africa, still battling a hunger crisis, should be prepared for another dry spell and further food insecurity due to the persistence of La Niña weather conditions that last year brought severe drought to the region, weather forecasters have warned.

“La Niña conditions are expected to persist until March to May 2012,” the World Meteorological Office said on its website on Sunday.

06 Feb 2012 description
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By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - Climate change impacts – from worsening droughts to new pots of climate-related cash for fragile states – may turn out to be a catalyst for worsening conflict. If so, keeping an eye on local politics and the quality of governance could be as important in heading off climate crises as breeding drought-resistant crops or protecting forests, climate security experts said at a recent meeting in London.

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25 Jan 2012 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) – Chad, again on the brink of a food crisis, will keep lurching from one emergency to another unless donors overcome their “repetitive amnesia” on the country and tackle chronic malnutrition there, International Medical Corps (IMC) warns.

Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa's Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali.