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20 Nov 2014 description
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Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Nov 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is "rotten" and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said.

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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.

20 Dec 2012 description
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By Abjata Khalif

GARISSA, Kenya (AlertNet) – Hasna Muktar, a traditional birth attendant in remote Sankuri village in northern Kenya, has met her share of challenges while delivering babies, from snakebite and threatening hyenas to the choking fumes of kerosene lamps that are widely used to provide a feeble light at night-time deliveries.

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18 Dec 2012 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) - Ali, a Somali refugee living in Uganda's capital Kampala, has a thriving mini-supermarket selling rice, canned food, ice cream and soap among other items, while Martin, a Congolese refugee, runs a busy tailor’s shop.

The two men are lucky because Uganda allows refugees to work as part of a “self-reliance” strategy based on the simple logic that this is better for the host nation’s economy than putting them into camps where they have to rely on aid handouts.

17 Dec 2012 description
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EMBU, Kenya (AlertNet) – The most important post-harvest pest in Kenya’s dryland areas is the larger grain borer, locally known as ‘Osama’ in testament to its aggressive destructiveness.

Farmers say it flourishes in high temperatures – a particular problem as climate change brings warming conditions in many parts of the country.

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22 Nov 2012 description
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Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:41 GMT

By Kagondu Njagi

NYERI, Kenya (AlertNet) – It may be dismissed by Kenya’s middle classes and elite as primitive, but farmer Leah Wambui, is convinced that bartering promises a new way of protecting rural food supplies as climate change takes hold.

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15 Nov 2012 description
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By Isaiah Esipisu

MBEERE, Kenya (AlertNet) – At Kamunyagia Primary, year seven student Purity Njigi is learning something new alongside her usual lessons – how to produce enough food to eat when there isn’t enough rain.

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12 Nov 2012 description
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By Kizito Makoye

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AlertNet) — Changing weather patterns in Tanzania have caused a rising wave of migration from rural to urban areas, with thousands of youths flocking into Dar es Salaam, the largest city, in search of work.

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02 Nov 2012 description
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Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:44 GMT

By Kagondu Njagi

KANGEMA, Kenya (AlertNet) – The tea and coffee bushes growing on the hillsides around Isaac Kinyua’s home have long provided him and many of his kin with a livelihood, giving Central Kenya an economic edge over other parts of the country.

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01 Nov 2012 description
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By Geoffrey Kamadi

RONGAI, Kenya (AlertNet) - Small farmers across sub-Saharan Africa are turning to simple, affordable techniques to increase harvests and help them cope with climate extremes - from growing trees on their land, to keeping their soils healthy and making their own fertiliser.

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18 Oct 2012 description
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By Justus Bahati Wanzala

NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Small and furry are not the words that usually come to mind when one thinks of Kenyan livestock. But they describe exactly the animals that Charles Mwangi farms.

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01 Oct 2012 description
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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:15 GMT
Source: Alertnet // Laurie Goering

By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says.

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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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21 Aug 2012 description
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By Kizito Makoye

ARUSHA, Tanzania (AlertNet) - As recurring drought afflicts much of East Africa’s drylands, the Tanzanian government is trying to save the livelihoods of traditional herders by giving them free animals.

The Cattle Replenishing Initiative aims to rebuild the stocks of herders who have lost thousands of cattle, goats, sheep and donkeys during the worst drought in the country’s history, which began in 2008. Many experts believe increasingly erratic rainfall is linked to climate change.

01 Aug 2012 description
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By Kagondu Njagi

NORTH HORR, Kenya (AlertNet) – One of the most effective ways to deal with growing conflict in northern Kenya may be to address the environmental failings that help drive it, says a pastoralist development expert.

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12 Jul 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - Somalis living in the world’s largest refugee camp risk being recruited by armed groups and bandits as children grow up without education in increasingly desperate conditions, eight aid agencies said on Thursday.

Kenya’s overcrowded Dadaab camp, whose population swelled to 465,000 as a result of last year’s famine in war-torn Somalia, has been hit by a wave of bomb blasts and grenade attacks.

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11 Jul 2012 description
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By Kizito Makoye

TONGWE, Tanzania (AlertNet) - Changing weather patterns have forced farmers in Muheza district in Tanzania to move away from growing traditional crops and switch to cassava, which is playing an increasing role in lifting communities out of poverty.

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19 Jun 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Six months ago, the Afgoye corridor in Somalia had two terrible tags.

It was the world’s largest settlement of internally displaced people (IDPs), home to 400,000 Somalis who had fled incessant violence in their war-devastated capital, Mogadishu.

Secondly, it was in the grip of a devastating famine as the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents who ruled it refused to allow international aid agencies in.

Today, its population has fallen by two-thirds and it looks set to become a satellite for labourers working in Mogadishu.

12 Jun 2012 description
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By Kizito Makoye

IKWIRIRI, Tanzania (AlertNet) - Deadly conflicts are erupting in Tanzania’s southeastern Rufiji valley, as farmers clash with pastoralists who are being pushed into the area by drought, seeking land and water for their animals.

Hundreds of herdsmen from the nearby regions of Iringa and Morogoro are streaming towards the Pwani (Coast) Region’s Rufiji Delta with thousands of their cattle, officials say.

30 May 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - Somalia’s main rainy season has been below average, initial findings show, but the country is unlikely to slip back into famine this year, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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