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Announcing 29th Climate Outlook Forum for the Greater Horn of Africa

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FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT

THE TWENTY NINTH CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM FOR THE GREATER HORN OF AFRICA (GHACOF 29)

VENUE: Will be released by the end of July 2011

DATE: 1 - 2 September 2011

INTRODUCTION

African Union Paper on Food Security Intervention in Horn of Africa

Emergency in the Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa: Funding for agricultural recovery lagging, FAO warns

Press Release FAO Rome
25 August, Rome - As world governments met today in Ethiopia for an international pledging conference aimed at winning more aid for the Horn of Africa, FAO has warned that efforts to keep farmers and pastoralists on their feet, prevent the crisis from worsening and speed progress toward recovery are not being adequately funded.

Does El Nino—and Climate Change—Really Cause Civil Wars?

Does El Nino—and Climate Change—Really Cause Civil Wars?

By BRYAN WALSH The TIMES Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Food Security Alert in February 2011-Too Accurate

EAST AFRICA Food Security Alert February 23, 2011
Ongoing drought and uncertain forecast raise food security concerns

Ozone Update from World Meteorological Organization

Read All About Ozone (O3) on the WMO Ozone Home Page: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/arep/gaw/ozone/index.html

What is ozone?
Ozone is a special form of oxygen with the chemical formula
O3. The oxygen we breathe and that is so vital to life on earth is O2.

Life Changing Technologies-The Simple Kickstart Water Pump

Transforming Africa's agriculture with a pump
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — How can Africa break out of its dependence upon subsistence farming?

One way is through simple water pumps. Across the continent farmers depend on rainfall to nourish their crops and despite hard work only manage to eke out a meager living.

Modern agriculture and food security - a history

Modern agriculture and food security - a history
The history of modern agriculture begins after the Second World War. Industrialized countries switched back to a peacetime economy and developing countries gained independence from their colonial rulers and took more control over their agricultural practises.

Land Grabbing in Africa Rises

The Green Prophet
http://www.greenprophet.com/2011/04/global-land-grab-middle-east/

The issue of land grabbing by Gulf countries for food security purposes has been in the news (including Green Prophet) for some years now, but the trend for large-scale acquisitions is accelerating. The new scramble for land in Africa and many parts of South East Asia, such as Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam, is creating a wide spread geo-political phenomenon, raising new concerns about the long held debate on the benefits and risks of these acquisitions.

IS THE CLIMATE CRISIS REAL By Al Gore

By Al Gore
First Published in Rolling Stone Online June 22, 2011 7:45 AM ET
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-of-denial-20110622?page=1
The first time I remember hearing the question "is it real?" was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by "professional wrestlers" one summer evening in the gym of the Forks River Elementary School in Elmwood, Tennessee.

Somalia facing Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Decades

New York Times
KAMPALA, Uganda — The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in 60 years is creating a vast humanitarian crisis and throwing the economies of the region into chaos.
“Food prices have gone up … and people’s assets, primarily livestock, have gone down,” said Alun McDonald, a spokesman for the international charity Oxfam.
The crisis is worst in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, the latter being the hardest-hit country in a drought affecting more than 10 million people.

Farming Insurance in Ethiopia Effective

To Survive Famine, Will Work for Insurance
By TINA ROSENBERG

How much would it cost to prevent a famine? We don’t know exactly, but one answer is surely this: Much less than it would cost to save lives after famine hits. The relief group Oxfam estimates that emergency relief in famines costs seven times as much as preventing the disaster to begin with.

COME TO COP17 READY TO ACT NOT JUST TALK, SAYS SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA

Times LIVE South Africa
South Africa President Zuma spells out tough line for December talks on climate change
May 6, 2011 By Brendan Boyle

As South Africa concludes preparation for the COP17 conference, the President Jacob Zuma has taken a hard line on the climate change talks South Africa will host in Durban in December, saying delegates should arrive ready to act and not just to talk. South Africa will host the next round of climate change talks in Durban in December

'We have to be firm about who is responsible'

2008 US Intelligence Studies Linked Middle East Crisis to Climate Change

By Patrick Luganda
The East Africa countries are currently facing prolonged drought conditions that experts say will affect food security in the region.
There is always one crisis or another looming over Africa. This time round, the unfavorable climate is becoming extremely central in the challenges that we are grappling with.
Oftentimes, ‘Good Samaritans’ trying to help us out of the doldrums offer solutions to problems that they are little fully aware of.
That is why the climate change denials, especially in the Western world, persisted for so long.

UGANDA MARCH TO MAY 2011 SEASONAL CLIMATE FORECAST

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
MINISTRY OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

10th March 2011

SEASONAL RAINFALL OUTLOOK FOR MARCH TO MAY 2011

1. Highlights of the rainfall performance from September to December 2010

As was predicted at the end of August, the September to December 2010 rainfall season was influenced by moderate La Niña conditions which matured towards the middle of the season. The following were observed during September to December rainfall season:-