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Victor Dobai

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April 5, 2016

Serious rain: East Africa’s annual Easter resurrection

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By Susan Macmillan (ILRI) Boys with their goats in the rain in Kenya (ILRI/Stevie Mann). 3 April 2016: Loresho, Nairobi suburb Exactly four days following Easter Sunday this year, the ‘long rains’ arrived in Nairobi, watering the earth, flooding the streets, pounding the rooftops. All night that night, and all night the following nights, the kusi monsoon,… Read more »

P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

March 31, 2016

Strengthening ties with Kenya

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The common interests of the Kenyan government and ICRISAT in improving the nutrition and income of smallholder farmers, involving youth in agriculture, use of information technology and involving private sector in agriculture were explored in a recent meeting between Mr Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Dr David Bergvinson,… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

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China seeks to deepen relations with Africa in agricultural development

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By Katherine Lopez, Head of Communication, IITA China has stepped up efforts to deepen collaboration with Africa in the area of agricultural development with the exploration of cooperation with IITA. China’s Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), the agency that is promoting the collaboration with IITA, sees the partnership as a win-win situation for both China… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

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Building a resilient agriculture sector in Rwanda through climate information services

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By Susan Onyango (ICRAF) The Rwandan government has teamed up with research institutes and development partners to provide nearly one million farmers with timely access to essential climate information services. The launch of Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, coinciding with the World Meteorological Day on March 23, will help transform the country’s rural farming communities and… Read more »

F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

Photo F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

March 30, 2016

Ethiopia, UK met agencies join forces to battle weather extremes

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KONSO, Ethiopia, March 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is the seventh consecutive year that Deneke Degaga, a father of eight, is facing a crop failure. Degaga, 38, lives in Konso, an area that has faced repeated droughts. Recently, when his sorghum, bean and maize crop died, he decided to sell his one of his… Read more »

BBC Africa Journalists visit to Nyando climate-smart villages

Photo V.Atakos (CCAFS)

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Africa climate change and environmental reporting awards (ACCER) 2016

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The third edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER 2016) has been launched. The competition aims to recognize and reward excellence in environmental journalism at all levels of society. Over a period of seven weeks, (8th March – 26th April 2016) citizen as well as professional journalists and other media practitioners… Read more »

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