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Fertilizer And Improved Farming Double Uganda Coffee Output, Says Study

Dar es Salaam, 17 November 2011.IITAThe use of inorganic fertilizers and improved farming practices by small-holder farmers can significantly increase, and even double, coffee production in Uganda -the world’s eleventh largest producer of the crop. This in turn would translate into more income and better lives for the estimated one-quarter of the population economically dependent on the crop in one way or another and a much-needed boost to the country’s export revenue.

La Niña Reappears: Still Weak, But Expected To Strengthen

By Patrick Luganda NECJOGHA Online in Geneva, Swizerland
GENEVA, 17 November 2011 (WMO) - La Niña conditions have re-emerged in the tropical Pacific since August 2011, according to the latest Update from the World Meteorological Organization. This La Niña is expected to persist through the end of this year and into early 2012, possibly strengthening to moderate intensity. However, it is likely to be considerably weaker than the recent episode that was linked to flooding and drought in different parts of the world.

Snowstorms Invade Colorado as President Obama Visits

Patrick Luganda NECJOGHA Online, Denver
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 26: PRESIDENT Barack Obama visited Denver as heavy snow was falling in most parts of Colorado. One of the biggest climate science conferences was taking place as the President visited. The World Climate Research Program Open Science Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Denver brought together over 1000 participants from all over the world.

Italy project seeks to head off future problems in the Nile Basin

27 October 2011, Rome/Kigali - Rapid population growth and natural resource degradation in the Nile River Basin pose the risk of intensified hunger and poverty in the region and require better, more forward-looking development planning to prevent that from happening, FAO said today.

Journalists Challenge to Simplify Complex Climate Change Language

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For Climate Scientists, a Dive Into Alphabet Soup

For journalists, climate science can be a challenge in and of itself. The uncertainties, the dueling algorithms, the long horizons involved in predicting how climate change could unfold — all of this conspires against a reporter trying to report the relevant news in a clear and accessible way. (read more

Arguments Over Organic Farming Increases Food Insecurity in Central Africa

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KIGALI, RWANDA (27 October 2011)—The polarized debate over the use of organic and inorganic practices to boost farm yields is slowing action and widespread farmer adoption of approaches that could radically transform Africa’s food security situation, according to a group of leading international scientists meeting in Kigali this week.

Learn How the Potato Changed the World

By Charles C. Mann
Smithsonian magazine, November 2011
Unearthing the History of the Potato. From the Americas to Europe then back again, there's more to the potato than meets the eyes

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report

Patrick Luganda NECJOGHA Online
This report, Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report, is a product of the Meridian Institute-convened Global Dialogues on Climate Change and Agriculture initiated in August 2010. Reflecting the special characteristics of the agricultural sector, this report aims to contribute to continued policy discussion on agriculture and climate change in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Convention).

Exploiting the potential of sweetpotato as an animal feed in East Africa

The International Potato Website
High population pressures have increased the competition for grains as food or livestock feed. Increased use and production of sweetpotato may provide a solution. Sweetpotato vines offer more protein and dry matter per unit area and require less land than other commonly used livestock feeds.

Feeding Central Africa On Less Land Critical to Averting Conflict

KIGALI, RWANDA (25 October 2011) – Unless there is widespread use of farm approaches and innovations that can grow more food with less land, countries in Central Africa’s densely populated Great Lakes region could face increased conflict and greater instability in coming decades, warned agricultural experts meeting in Kigali this week to examine the challenges and opportunities for sustainably improving farm production in Central Africa.

Forests, potential solution in the fight against hunger,says FAO

Attention to forest foods and services can improve food security in poor nations
26 October 2011, Rome – The role of forests in providing timber and other wood products must not overshadow their important contribution to feeding many of the world's poorest communities, a group of international forest organizations and secretariats said today.

China delivers emergency food aid to Ethiopia

Editor: Zhang Xiang
ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua)
-- China on Saturday delivered portion of the first batch of emergency food assistance to Ethiopia.

Wei Hongtian, Charge d'Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, handed over the assistance certificate to Wondirad Mandefro, Ethiopian State Minster of Agriculture, in a ceremony held at the Office of the Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

'Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security'

CHANGWON, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) - Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the world's drylands.

At the UNCCD’s Oct. 10 - 21, 10th conference of the parties (COP-10), he has made substantial progress in bringing this ‘poor sister’ of the three Rio Conventions (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification) closer to its rightful place.

Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi Says Africans to Unite at UN Rio+20 Conference

By Mekonnen Teshome
Addis Ababa
-- Prime Minister Meles Zenawi stressed the need for
Africans to speak with one voice in the upcoming UN Conference on
Sustainable Development, popularly known as the Rio+20 Conference.

Meles was speaking to the Ministerial Segment of the Africa Regional
Preparatory Conference for the Rio+20 Conference held at the UN
Conference Center here on Tuesday.

PM Meles said twenty years ago at Rio De Janeiro, world leaders came
together to adopt Agenda 21 which was expected to serve as a blue

Scientists Discuss Causes and Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Events

GENEVA / DENVER (19 October 2011) – The latest findings about the relationship between climate change and extreme events such heatwaves, droughts, floods and their impact on Earth’s population and ecosystems will be discussed next week at a conference with more than 1,700 leading scientists from 84 countries. Progress and prospects in forecasting the weather and climate months, seasons and even decades ahead, as well as the challenges facing surface and space based observation networks, are among the other topics.