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World Food prices ease but stay high-FAO says Improved supplies, strong demand this year

Rome, 3 May 2012 - Global food prices measured by the FAO Food Price Index fell three points or 1.4 percent from March to April 2012 but seem to have stabilized at a relatively high level of 214 points, FAO said today.

The fall was the first after three consecutive months of increases and although the index is significantly down from its record level of 235 points in April 2011, it is still well above the figures of under 200 which preceded the 2008 food crisis.

Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa marks 5th anniversary

ACCRA: 2 May 2012 - AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AWARENESS IN AFRICA:Expansion of the Forum’s activities to contribute to an enabling environment for agricultural biotechnology that will allow for the testing and delivery of innovative tools to help farmers enhance their food security and create wealth for their families and nations

Ethiopia Named Model for Climate Services in Africa

From IRI News:
Ethiopia A model for improving climate services in Africa

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.