Uganda’s overdependence on charcoal means the country is heading for an energy crisis unless Government regulates its use, Cornelius Kazoora, an expert in environmental economics has predicted in a new study. What do charcoal burners, environmentalists, politicians think about this? Gerald Tenywa found out.
Moses Assimwe, a resident of Bugolobi in Kampala does not like what he sees.
10 January 2013, Zaragoza, Spain – Mutual trust and understanding the real needs of communities have been emphasized as key factors for successful water cooperation by the participants of the International UN-Water Conference on water cooperation which took place from 8 to 10 January in Zaragoza, Spain.
New Forecast System Helps Transoceanic Flights Avoid Storms
Dec. 11, 2012 — A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) of Boulder, Colo., now is providing weather forecasts that can help flights avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic flights.
Professor Mahama Duwiejua, Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), yesterday advised universities to align their overall research objectives with the bigger national goals, especially the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to achieve maximum impact. In his view, the full benefit of research activities of universities are yet to be fully harnessed to achieve meaningful developments that are linked to the overall objectives of the MDGs in Ghana.
Current Situation and Outlook
Nairobi ICPAC Headquarters:
Climate experts in the Greater Horn of Africa are meeting in the city of Naivasha in Kenya to develop an update of the seasonal climate following announcement by the World Meteorological Organization that the expected El Nino has collapsed.
Professor Laban Ogallo, ICPAC Director, who has convened the extra ordinary meeting has confirmed that the Mini Climate Outlook Forum 32 will discuss the likely performance of the climate from November to February 2013.
African Climate Communication Institute in Zimbabwe.
African Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa will start the African Ministers Conference on Meteorology-AMCOMET- in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.
The Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization(WMO) Michel Jarraund will be addressing the meeting. The African High Commission based in Addis Ababa is co sponsoring the conference together with the Government of Zimbabwe.
Leading climate experts have been meeting for several days preparing technical papers for the ministers to consider.
FAO calls for strengthened food security governance
16 October 2012, Rome - Continuing food price volatility requires improved global governance of food security FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a ministerial meeting on food price volatility today attended by some 20 ministers.
"Food prices and volatility have increased in recent years. This is expected to continue in the medium-term," he said.
15 October 2012, Rome - If countries step up their efforts to reduce hunger, the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015 can still be reached, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the opening session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today.
Graziano da Silva said that important progress has been made in cutting the number of hungry people by 132 million since 1990. The proportion of the hungry also fell in the developing world from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent.
International Rural Women Day. http://www.voanews.com/content/rural-women-day-15oct12/1526764.html
By Patrick Luganda
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A brief insignificant meteorological event on Sunday almost caused disaster at Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe. Thanks to the rapid reaction of the quick witted South African Airways pilot, Flight SA40 licked the tarmac with the hind tires, and thendramatically picked speed to become airborne just short of the end of the runway.
NAIROBI, KENYA (13 September 2012)—A new analysis published today in Science traces the recent global eradication of the deadliest of cattle diseases, crediting not only the development of a new, heat-resistant vaccine, but also the insight of local African herders, who guided scientists in deciding which animals to immunize and when.
NAIROBI, KENYA (7 September 2012)—Smallholder farmers across East Africa have started to embrace climate-resilient farming approaches and technologies, according to new research recently published by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). At the same time, the survey evidence suggests that many of the changes in farming practices are incremental, rather than transformative in nature, and that high levels of food insecurity prevent many from making all of the changes needed in order to cope with a changing climate.
Addis Ababa July 12, 2012 -The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) have signed a One Million Euro Grant - Agreement provided by the Spanish Fund for the empowerment of rural women in West Africa.
The Agreement was signed in Addis Ababa today by NEPAD’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Ibrahim Mayaki and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo.