Addressing climate change and poverty as one in Malawi
Dec 3, 2015
The government of Malawi has been struggling to end poverty since independence in 1964, banking its strategies on the proceeds from its agro based economy. Sadly, climate change entered the scene and dramatically disturbed the farming sector.
Gambia: Enhancing resilience in coastal communities vulnerable to climate change
Dec 1, 2015
Rice has long been a way of life for communities along Gambia’s coast. But in recent decades, climate change and overdevelopment have combined to endanger the viability of rice and thus the livelihoods of many rural Gambians.
Traditional seeds keep hunger away in drought-prone Zimbabwe
Nov 30, 2015
A recent study by Care International-Zimbabwe found that female farmers were more receptive to best farming practices than their male counterparts. The Zimbabwean government has started issuing land rights to women smallholders, previously a taboo.
Hunger heralds climate change’s arrival in Botswana
Nov 24, 2015
“As climate change ushers in more stress on the water sector, it is increasingly a concern that losses in rangeland productivity will result in food insecurity, especially in rural areas,” a country analysis report unveiled recently on Botswana states.
When the rains came in Dokolo and Karamoja
Nov 16, 2015
Households in Northern Uganda are recovering from a prolonged dry spell which has devastated harvests and led to food shortages. Long-awaited rains are expected to replenish pastures, and communities are being encouraged to plant short-term crops. But those that can, fear losing their produce again, when the rains stop.
Maendeleo Policy Forum: Violent Extremism in Africa: Challenges, Options and Opportunities for Response
Nov 11, 2015
On 11 November 2015, the Regional Service Centre for Africa hosted a Maendeleo Policy Forum titled Violent Extremism in Africa: Challenges, Options and Opportunities for Response.
Climate change bites Kenyan tea farmers
Nov 10, 2015
You wouldn't typically expect heavy rainfall and frost in East Africa. But the Earth's climate is changing - and this is affecting one of the world's largest tea-producing regions, in central Kenya.
Japan supports elections in CAR
Oct 22, 2015
The Government of Japan has made a USD 550,000 contribution to finance the upcoming elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) and ensure women and men in CAR and in neighboring countries go and vote.
Powering towards solar energy in Seychelles
Oct 21, 2015
Seychelles is making strides in transforming its energy sector by investing heavily in renewable energy through investments in solar power and financial incentives to both households and businesses.
Up to 20,000 Ebola workers paid with support from UNDP
Oct 20, 2015
To combat the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, UNDP provided hazard payments to Ebola Response Workers (nurses, doctors, contact tracers, ambulance drivers) who were risking their lives to combat the virus.