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2.7 M People in Kenya Now In Dire Need of Food Aid Due to Drought

Kenya's drought and its impacts are getting rapidly worse. According to government estimates, the number of people who are acutely food insecure has climbed another 700,000 people in only a few weeks. That is a frightening increase above the two million estimate made at the end of Januar.

Former Prime Minister of Togo Takes the Healm at IFAD

Appointing a former Prime Minister of Togo as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) could have powerful and valuable long-term implications for long-term African economic development.

Ethiopia's Omo Valley Development Threatens Lake Turkana Peoples

While Ethiopia's aggressive dam and plantation development programs in the lower Omo Valley may have been a boon to that country, the resulting water level drops have created a serious threat to the livelihoods of more than 500,000 indigenous peoples in both Kenya and Ehtiopia.

Development Partners Need to Share More Experiences to Enhance Growth

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission fo Africa (ECA) are urging far more sharing of experiences among development partners, as Central Africa's economies deal with the combination of lower prices for commodities and the need to 'strike now' at this opportune time for growth in the region.

Dangote Rice Opens in Sokoto State, Could Hire 100,000s of Rural Workers

Nigeria's Dangote Group (www.Dangote.com), a diverisified conglomerate with ventures in everything from real estate to cement to food products, is launching Dangote Rice, a major new rice outgrower scheme headquartered in Nigeria's Sokoto state. It has the potential of creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs in rural communities.

Isondo Opens Fuel Cell Manufacturing Plant in South Africa

Isondo Precious Metals' (IPM) just opened a Fuel Cell manufacturing facility in Cape Town. Besides offering a major new revenue opportunity for the company, this also supports a Strategic Objective of South Africa to bring these kinds of businesses into the country.

UN Expert Demands Cameroon Restore Internet to English-Speaking Areas

The Government of Cameroon recently cut off internet services to areas of the country with mostly English-speaking residents. The United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression is demanding the country restore those services immediately, on the grounds of human rights.

Nairobi National Park Now Using Satellites to Track Lion Movements

Nairobi National Park is a well-known preserve for lions, already endangered for many reasons. The animals have, however, been escaping through park boundaries with the end result of danger to citizens locally and the tragic killings of the animals as rangers attempted their recovery. A new lion satellite tracking program should minimize the escapes from the park in the future.

NEPAD-IPPF Reviews 2016 Infrastructure Project Progress and 2017 Plans

On February 3, the New Partnership for Africa's Development Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF), held a formal review of its 2016 progress and 2017 plans in improving the quality of access of Africans through better access to electricity, transport, communications and water.

U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Holds Workshop for Kenya Government

The U.S.'s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in collaboration with the Department of State, recently held a workshop in Kenya on the subject of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Incident Response Planning. Attendees came from the Government of Kenya's emergency response leadership and stakeholders.

Indigenous Peoples Look Over The Vast Majority of The World's Biodiversity

The indigenous peoples of the world live in some 70 countries around the world. The biggest concentration of these are in the Asia-Pacific region, with 70 percent of the total of these self-identified peoples, each of which has its own language and culture. These people also happen to be the caretakers for over 80% of the world's biodiversity.

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