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Success in hunger fight hinges on better use of water

On World Water Day, UN community says better management of finite water resources is key to feeding the world

Rome, 22 March 2012 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that producing enough food to feed the world's rapidly growing population will require the international community to ensure the sustainable use of the world's "most critical finite resource," water.

Uganda Releases Seasonal Forecast for March, April, May 2012

REVIEW OF RAINFALL PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST SEASON (SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011) AND SEASONAL RAINFALL OUTLOOK FOR MARCH TO MAY 2012

1. Highlights of the rainfall performance from September to December 2011

As was predicted at the end of August, the September to December 2011 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:-

Uganda Releases Seasonal Forecast for March, April, May 2012

REVIEW OF RAINFALL PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST SEASON (SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011) AND SEASONAL RAINFALL OUTLOOK FOR MARCH TO MAY 2012

1. Highlights of the rainfall performance from September to December 2011

As was predicted at the end of August, the September to December 2011 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:-

Kenyans Warned of Poor Rains

By George Achia, Staff Science WriterNairobi:The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has predicted depressed and poorly distributed rainfall over most parts of the country during the March – May long rain season.

The department has advised the farming communities of Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley where rainfall is expected to be near-normal with a tendency towards above-normal to take advantage of the rains and maximize crop yield through appropriate land use management.

Climate Change MediaExpo 2012 -Kigali Rwanda A Stunning Success

Climate Change Media Expo 2012 A Stunning Success in Kigali Rwanda
By Hailuh Wudneh in Kigali
A three day international climate media exhibition has ended at the Serena Hotel Kigali, Rwanda with a call to journalists in Africa to play the leading role of disseminating climate information early enough to enable action by decision makers to prevent disasters.

Fellowship Opportunities for Developing Country Journalists

February 29th 2012. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2012 fellowship program. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2012.

Restrictions Cause 80% Collapse of Canada Reporting on Climate Change

VANCOUVER, Canada, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) - Amid revelations of a well-funded U.S. organisation's plans to deliberately distort climate science, scientists and journalists at a major scientific conference called on the Canadian government to stop its muzzling of scientists.

IGAD CLIMATE PREDICTION AND APPLICATION CENTRE-ICPAC

ICPAC Background
The Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) is prone to extreme climate events such as droughts and floods. These extreme events have severe negative impacts on key socio-economic sectors of all the countries in the sub-region.

30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum To Be Held in Kigali

GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE

THIRTIETH GREATER HORN OF AFRICA CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM (GHACOF 30); 27-29 FEBRUARY 2012

1. Venue: Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
http://kigali-serena.hotel-rn.coml

2. Accommodation: All ICPAC sponsored participants are booked at Spotsview and La Palisse Hotels. For self-sponsored kindly make your own booking at Serena or any of the listed hotels. Let us know if you need our assistance in booking the hotels Special rates have been negotiated at the following Hotels:
1) Serena Hotel (Standard room (Bed and Breakfast):
US$ 369 Forum Venue

Food Imports Drive Inflation in East Africa

Xinhua News: Food Imports Drive Inflation in Eastern Africa
15 February 2012

Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda can reduce inflation by almost a half if they achieve adequate food security status, enabling them to shake off food imports that contribute to high inflation, leaders of the central banks in the region said on Tuesday.

Agriculture key to Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation, adaptation
Africa Science Technology & Innovation News-AFRICA STI
The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science.

Members of the contributing team are drawn from 12 countries and it includes South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research systems ecologist, Bob Scholes.

SOMALIA FAMINE ENDS, BUT SITUATION STILL DIRE

FAO’s new Director-General prioritizes Horn of Africa
3 February 2012, Nairobi - The United Nations declared an end to famine conditions in Somalia today, but warned that with recurrent droughts in the Horn of Africa hunger remains a threat unless long-term measures are taken to restore food security.

Putting Farmers First: Democratising and Reshaping Agricultural Research in West Africa

IIED London:
UK parliamentarians and civil servants will this week join African farmers, international donors and scientists in a policy dialogue that aims to reshape agricultural research to serve development goals and the public good.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, and the executive director of Oxfam-Novib, Farah Karimi, will chair the event, which the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has organised on 1-3 February in Ghana.

Climate Reporting Workshop for Radio Journalists

To All interested radio journalists in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Climate reporting training for 10 days will take place in Nairobi Kenya during February. The deadline for applications is 11th January 2012. Further details are available on www.Agfax.net/training.php

This is an urgent call for applications for a Climate Reporting training workshop for good interested radio journalists in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Cause For Hope But Still Urgent Action Needed in Durban Climate Talks

DURBAN CLIMATE TALKS: STILL CAUSE FOR HOPE BUT URGENT ACTION NEEDED SAYS CHRISTIAN AID

Governments have made little or no progress in official meetings at the Durban climate talks but their tactics in private meetings suggest there is still cause for hope, Christian Aid says today.

'In the open meetings there's no progress - no-one is saying anything new,' said Christian Aid's climate talks expert Mohamed Adow . 'But in bilateral meetings we understand they are trying to find the middle ground between them, looking at the options and at possible trade-offs.