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'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.

Sugar industry takes aim at Ugandan forest again

By Patrick Luganda
MABIRA FOREST, Buikwe, Uganda (AlertNet)
- At Najjembe roadside market, in the heart of Uganda’s rainforest, Sanyu Nakato offers the bright yellow bananas in her basket to hungry passengers on the long-distance coach to neighbouring Kenya, who snap up her wares.

“I sell up to 20 baskets of bananas daily,” she says. “Although we’re selling lots of different fruits, the customers are also many.”

LATIN AMERICA: High Food Prices Present Challenges and Opportunities

By Emilio Godoy
MEXICO CITY, Oct 14, 2011 (IPS)
- The global food crisis, which threatens to aggravate hunger and poverty, makes it necessary for agriculture to diversify, adapt to climate change and raise productivity, say FAO and experts.

World Food Day-Investment in agriculture and women key to food security

17 October 2011, Rome - United Nations Agency chiefs and top international personalities met today to celebrate World Food Day, whose focus this year is on the recent wave of food price swings which threatens to push millions more people into hunger.

"Food prices - from crisis to stability," was chosen as the World Food Day theme for 2011 following five consecutive years of unstable and often rising food prices, which currently stand close to record levels.

Southern Africa Farmers Use ‘Fertilizer Trees’ to Dramatically Improve Food Security

NAIROBI, KENYA (14 October 2011)—As World Food Day Puts Focus on Food Crises, Research Shows Potential for Rapid, Radical Transformation on Smallholder Farms. On a continent battered by weather extremes, famine and record food prices, new research released today from the World Agroforestry Centre documents an exciting new trend in which hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in Southern Africa are now significantly boosting yields and incomes simply by using fast growing trees and shrubs to naturally fertilize their fields.


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Monday 31 October - Wednesday 2 November 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
With the approach of the COP17 talks in Durban, and the shocking example
of drought in Somalia, climate change will take centre stage in African
reporting in the coming months.

John Vidal, the London Guardian's environment editor, will be speaking
at the conference and running a training session on reporting climate

A limited number of bursaries are available for investigative
journalists reporting climate change in sub-Saharan Africa and South

2011 UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award

Are you an African Journalist aged 21-35. Feel free to enter this award competetion
Nairobi, 13 October 2011 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is pleased to open the 2011 UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award.

Following the successful launch of the competition last year, African journalists between 21 and 35 years, who are based on the continent and working for local, regional or international media organizations, are once again encouraged to apply.

Rape in Somalia - The Hidden Side of the Famine Crisis

By Isaiah Esipisu
DADAAB, Kenya, Oct 5, 2011 (IPS)
- When Aisha Diis* and her five children fled their home in Somalia seeking aid from the famine devastating the region, she could not have known the dangers of the journey, or even fathom that she would be raped along the way.

Diis left her village of Kismayu, southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province in April.

Mobile Phones Fighting Poverty

October 2011 (CNN) -- When renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs visited rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa in 2005, he saw impoverished communities with poor drinking water, feast-and-famine crop cycles and rampant malaria infections. What he didn't see was mobile phones.

"Now mobile phone ownership is perhaps 30% of households and cell phone coverage is widespread," said Sachs, director of the United Nations Millennium Villages Project, which focuses on improving 14 rural villages across 10 African countries as a model for wider prosperity in the region.

Kenyan Women use Savings Scheme to Survive Drought

By Pius Sawa for Farm Radio Weekly in Kenya
Florence Nzambuli is an inspiration to many women in her home village of Mutomo, in Kitui South Constituency, eastern Kenya. It is difficult to make a living through farming in this dry region. But with Ms. Nzambuli’s guidance, a women’s group has found a way to cope with drought and rising food prices.

India Raises Red Flag Ahead of COP17

By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, The Chronicle, Ghana
The Indian Government has submitted a proposal to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to include three contentious but very important issues on 'unilateral trade measures', 'intellectual property rights' and 'equitable access to sustainable development' for inclusion in the provisional agenda of the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) to be held in Durban, South Africa in late November this year.

Earth Journalism Network Offers Grants to Environmental Media

The Earth Journalism Network has established a small grants fund with flexible spending guidelines that will invest in strategic opportunities for media development, build the capacities of local environmental journalism networks and their members, and respond to their communities’ needs.

International Climate Experts in Denver USA October 2011


GENEVA/DENVER – Climate scientists from more than 70 countries will converge in Denver October 24-28 to discuss the latest findings on climate and identify pressing scientific questions and challenges. They will focus on how science can best serve society, particularly in minimizing the adverse effects of variations in climate and human-influenced climate change.