Zambia: Erratic weather and higher farm inputs hits Zambian farmers, prices rise.

zambian-droughtLusaka, 17 Sept 2016, Thomson Reuters Foundation: Lower harvests of maize, wheat and sugarcane as a result of severe weather in the region are pushing up prices for Zambia’s staple foods, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. The Zambia National Farmers Union said erratic weather — including late rains at the start of the season, drought in many areas and heavy flooding in some parts of the country — have all hit food production. Continue reading

OUGANDA: Aider les femmes séropositives à éviter des grossesses non désirées

uganda-aidsAmy Fallon, 16 sept (IPS)Barbara Kemigisa avait l’habitude de s’appeler une “militante contre le VIH/SIDA”. Ces jours-ci, elle serait plutôt connue comme une “militante du planning familial contre le VIH/SIDA. Nous devons réduire les grossesses non désirées et le taux d’infection à VIH dans notre pays”, a déclaré Kemigisa à IPS lors de la première conférence nationale sur le planning familial de l’Ouganda le 28 juillet. “Il s’agit d’une double protection”. Continue reading

Climate change: how Pacific Island of Tuvalu is affected

tuvalu-climate-change16 Sept 2016: The nine islands of Tuvalu are located in the middle of the Pacific. Funafuti, the main island and capital, is at 1000 km North of Fiji. Tuvalu became, notably thanks to the climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, the international symbol of the consequences of climate change. Sea-level rise, one of the most known consequences, is a major threat for Tuvalu, considering that this country’s highest point is 4,5 meters over sea-level (whereas most of the land is way below that point). The consequences of climate change will have and already have considerable impacts on these islands. Continue reading

Climate change may halve regions suitable for growing coffee, report shows

tanzanian-coffee16 Sept 2016 Lisa Nikolau, Humanosphere: Climate change is expected to drastically reduce the area of land suitable for coffee production around the world, affecting more than 120 million of the world’s poorest people who rely on the coffee industry for their livelihoods, particularly hitting LDCs.  “Without strong action to reduce emissions, climate change is projected to cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 percent by 2050,” says  the report by the Climate Institute of Sydney. “By 2080, wild coffee, an important genetic resource for farmers, could become extinct.” Continue reading

India and Nepal concern over Tibet flood advice

Sources say there has been a rise in avalanches, landslide-dammed rivers bursting, glaciers cracking and glacial lakes dangerously filling up.Studies by Chinese scientists have shown glaciers and permafrost rapidly melting in Tibet. Earthquakes also continue to destabilise them.A recent study has shown Tibet topping the list of places across the globe that has experienced an increase in water. Continue reading

African Forum pledges to use agriculture as to boost African economic renaissance

agrf2016The theme of this year’s AGRF (African Green Revolution Forum) was “Seize the Moment: Securing Africa’s Rise through Agricultural Transformation.”, which recognizes that the significant progress African countries have made over the last decade to build a foundation for a renaissance in the agriculture sector across the entire value chain. But it also recognizes that much more needs to be done to achieve food security and equal access to economic opportunity for all Africans. This is in the face of challenges that include rapid urbanization; climate change; significant unemployment: one in three Africans from 15 to 35 years old are jobless; and chronic malnutrition that has left 58 million children stunted. Continue reading

East African Community seeks three month extension for decision on whether to sign the EPA with the EU.

eac_logo_web_0The East African Community (EAC) has sought a three-month extension on whether to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), with the European Union, pushing back the final agreement to January 2017. EAC Chair, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli told a plenary session that after considering all the issues raised by member states, the bloc’s leaders were seeking a three-month extension to arrive at a “win-win” result. Continue reading

SEATINI fears ‘secret’ signing of EPA by Kenya and Rwanda with EU could undermine regional integration

kenya-signs-epa-in-bruxThe Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiating Institute (SEATINI) believes that by signing the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, Kenya and Rwanda are undermining regional integration. The two countries signed  the EPA on 1 Sept in Brussels, a move which pre-empted the East African Community (EAC) Summit which took place on 8 Sept,  called to enable EAC Partner States to agree on a common position on whether or not to sign the EPA, or to consider other options. Continue reading

Bangladesh – Dhaka could be underwater in just ten years

dhaka-floodingLike many other fast-growing megacities, Dhaka , the Bangladeshi capital faces severe water and sanitation problems, chiefly the annual flooding during monsoon season due to unplanned urbanisation, destruction of wetlands and poor city governance. Experts are warning that if the authorities don’t take serious measures to address these issues soon, within a decade, every major thoroughfare in the city will be inundated and a majority of neighborhoods will end up underwater after heavy rain. Continue reading