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28 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Tel Aviv says it has dropped its months-long plans to expel thousands of migrants who cross into the country through Egypt’s Sinai desert.
  • The move is said to have been taken after Uganda, which had indicated a willingness to take in 500 of them, “took too long” in acceding to Tel Aviv’s request.
  • Zambia and two other African countries are on Israel’s radar in its new plan for voluntary deportations.

By ALLAN OLINGO

07 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Uganda now is dealing with a fresh influx of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are fleeing inter-communal violence in the country’s volatile Ituri region.
- The new arrivals compound the emergency situation for asylum seekers in Uganda, which last year become host of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with South Sudanese refugees crossing the one million mark.

06 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.

The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

23 Aug 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • The ministry statement urged the Khartoum State residents living along the Nile banks to be wary of massive floods in the next two days.
  • The 2013 floods were particularly severe, with more than 15,000 homes reported destroyed.

By MOHAMMED AMIN

The Sudan government has warned of possible worst floods in 100 years in Khartoum and the surrounding areas.

A statement from the Irrigation ministry on Tuesday said the disaster was expected to strike within two days, following heavy rains in Ethiopia.

18 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

The Khartoum government, Juba and the United Nations have signed a one-year deal to facilitate the flow of relief aid to the victims of famine in South Sudan until July 2018.

The three partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday in Khartoum for the agreement that aims to deliver 90,000 metric tons of aid, especially to the Upper Nile and Unity states.

The Sudanese Aid Commissioner, Mr Ahmed Mohammed Adam, said Khartoum was committed to the food delivery to the neighbouring state, adding that they would open more corridors this year.

27 Jun 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).

  • The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.

15 Feb 2016 description
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By IVAN R. MUGISHA

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 16:52

In Summary

•Rwanda is in negotiations with Israel over the terms for accommodating refugees from Africa who are seeking asylum in Jerusalem.

•In October last year, Israeli authorities said 3,000 asylum seekers had left Israel for a “third country,” without mentioning the country.

•But only seven registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Rwanda, all of them Eritreans, and only eight, mostly from Sudan, in Uganda, according to the BBC.

14 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By Jeff Otieno and Apolinari Tairo

IN SUMMARY

  • East Africans should brace for three months of El Niño rains, local and international meteorologists have warned.

  • The torrential rains are expected between September and December in most areas, but will extend to February next year in some parts of the greater Horn of Africa region.

15 Aug 2015 description
report EastAfrican

A heatwave has killed at least 15 people in Sudan in the past two days, the country's Health ministry confirmed on Friday.

The deaths occurred in Wadi Halfa, a town near Sudan's border with Egypt.

Ms Saeeda Abdul Wahab, a health official in the town, said two people died on Friday morning.

"The Northern State authorities ordered the closure of all schools for one week. They have also warned people to stay indoors during the hottest time of the day and to drink plenty of water,’’ she added.

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

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.

04 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

01 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • 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.

08 Sep 2013 description
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By PAUL REDFERN, Special Correspondent

As Uganda continues to deny that it has signed a deal with Israel to take in thousands of unwanted Eritrean and Sudanese migrants from the Jewish state, it has been revealed that Kampala stood to gain from increased military aid in the agreement.

23 Jul 2012 description
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By ISAAC KHISA The EastAfrican

The Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca) has created an online portal through which scientists in member countries will share research on agriculture.

The $1.2 million project dubbed Regional Agricultural Information and Learning System is funded by the African Development Bank through the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, that works with national agricultural research institutions and other stakeholders at country level.

30 Jan 2012 description

Zach Vertin, The East African | 29 Jan 2012

On Sunday, heads of state from across the continent convene for the annual African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. Africa’s most pressing concerns will be discussed this week, but one looming crisis is missing from the agenda.

War continues in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions of neighbouring Sudan, where a humanitarian catastrophe is in the making. Experts predict some conflict areas will reach extreme levels of food insecurity — barely shy of a famine designation — just one month from now.

04 Jul 2011 description
report EastAfrican

Tanzania is staring at a food crisis in the coming months as it emerges that tonnes of food are being smuggled out to drought-stricken countries in the region despite falling harvests.

Police estimate that more than 400 tonnes of maize are being trucked out of the country every day through Kilimanjaro region to Kenya, Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.

27 Jun 2011 description
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By FRED OLUOCH

Canada was one of the major donors during Sudan’s peace negotiations in Kenya that led to the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Later, Canada joined the international community in supporting the reconstruction of South Sudan which is set to become a republic on July 9. The country has been following the developments in Juba and Khartoum keenly and applying diplomatic pressure on both sides to respect and implement the CPA. The new Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya spoke to FRED OLUOCH about the country’s ultimate plans for Sudan

21 Mar 2011 description
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By JOYCE MULAMA

For Mary Daniel, prospects of peace in the world's newest country, South Sudan, have been dimmed by rebel attacks that have displaced her community, turning them into perpetual dependants of food aid.

Daniel, who hails from Ezo, some 165 kilometres from Yambio in Western Equatoria, was once a proud farmer of a four-acre piece of land, and made a living from selling her produce of bananas, vegetables, and cereals.

But now, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has uprooted them from their ancestral land, causing them to seek refuge in Yambio town, the capital of …

07 Feb 2011 description
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By KEVIN KELLEY

The Obama administration is beginning to focus again on the conflict in Darfur after months of being preoccupied with the secession process in Southern Sudan.

Violence in Darfur has been intensifying in recent months, leading some analysts to suggest that the central government in Khartoum may have decided to seek a military solution in the west of the country, while world attention was turned to the South.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, deplored the latest round of killings in comments to reporters following a Security Council meeting on …