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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
report AlertNet

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 Feb 2012 description
report AlertNet

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.