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Floods May Sweep Away Country's Gains

The expected heavy rainfall has the potential to wipe out at least 11 per cent of Kenya's wealth unless proper preventative measures are put in place. Among the key areas to be affected are roads, water supply systems and health due to a possible outbreak of water borne and related ailments. The 11 per cent damage on the economy is the same as...

African Leaders Unite to Meet United Nations Malaria Eradication Targets

African leaders are at the forefront of a landmark initiative to protect all those at risk from malaria with life-saving interventions by the end of 2010, the United Nations Envoy for efforts to defeat the deadly disease says. The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) is tasked with ensuring that more than 240 million insecticide-treated bed...

Death Toll from Militia Attack on an African Union Base by Somali Insurgents has risen to 21

The death toll from Thursday's attack on an African Union base by Somali insurgents has risen to 21 as investigations are launched into the daring suicide bombing. Al-Shabaab forces, retaliating over an earlier attack by US security forces that killed a top al-Qaeda suspect, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, drove into the AU peace keepers' base in...

World Bank Warns of Greater Decline Food Production in Kenya

Kenya is among countries that will be hardest hit by even more severe food shortages in coming years due to a warming climate. Some parts of the country have already lost 90 per cent of their water. Although almost every part of the country had lost substantial amounts of water, the hardest hit areas are Eastern and North Eastern provinces....

President Barack Obama's special envoy to Sudan On The Road Again

President Barack Obama's special envoy to Sudan, Major-General Scott Gration, headed Wednesday for South Sudan, Darfur and Khartoum, where he will discuss issues ranging from gender-based violence with displaced people to peace efforts with former African heads of state. The trip, announced by the United States Department of State in Washington on...

UN Agency Sounds Alarm On Dire Food Situation of Kenya

The United Nations food agency today issued a warning that Kenya faces a dire hunger crisis due to failed rains, appealing today for $230 million to feed nearly 4 million Kenyans - nearly one-tenth of the African nation's population - over the next six months. "Red lights are flashing around the country," said Burkard Oberle, Kenya director of the...

Kenya's Population Hits the 40 Million Mark

Kenya's population is expected to approach 40 million as the national population census is conducted on Monday night. This is a big jump of 10 million from the 28.7 million recorded 10 years ago. In 1989, there were 21.4 million Kenyans. The figure is also markedly higher than the projection of 35.7 million for this year and 36.3 million for next...

Amnesty - Yar'Adua Meets 32 Militants in Nigeria

Two days into the commencement of the federal government's amnesty programme, President Umar Yar'Adua yesterday met with 32 leaders of various militant groups from the Niger Delta at the State House, Abuja. Also yesterday, confusion trailed the implementation of the amnesty plan in Rivers State because the designated arms submission point at...

Presiden Museveni - Famine a Minor Issue

Even as thousands continue starving in parts of Uganda, President Museveni has told countrymen not to worry too much about hunger or the drought, saying there are adequate alternatives to address the problem. "People will not die of hunger because we have the resources to feed them. Let's not cry a lot about this," said the President while opening...

Nation Out for a Piece of the Indian Ocean

Kenya has moved swiftly to make public a policy on ocean management, a condition given by the United Nations before it is granted a massive territorial extension it applied for in the Indian Ocean. The policy consolidates different ocean management interventions contained in various documents and is developed in harmony with internationally...

Hunger Stalks Drought-Stricken South in Madagascar

The southern part of the island of Madagascar is suffering severe drought and famine. Lack of rainfall during the summer season has destroyed the country's main harvest in March and April. Half a million Malagasy have little or no access to clean water and food. The World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have started...

Villagers in western Kenya to Test Out UN Carbon Benefits Project

Villagers in western Kenya are the latest participants in a project carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners to calculate how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in sustainable, climate-friendly ways. The Carbon Benefits Project was launched today in communities in and around...

Trevor Manuel to Head National Planning Commission of South Africa

Trevor Manuel is set to head up the powerful National Planning Commission, to be located in the Presidency. Announcing the new structure and faces in his administration on Sunday, President Zuma said following extensive research on international models on how governments in other parts of the world plan and monitor performance, his party had...

Aid Agencies and Madagascar's Disaster Management Authority are Scrambling to Asses the Damage after Tropical Cyclone "Jade"

Aid agencies and Madagascar's disaster management authority, which has been paralyzed by months of political turmoil, are scrambling to asses the damage after tropical cyclone "Jade" struck on 6 April. According to Tropical Storm Risk (TSR), a forecasting consortium supported by the UK's Meteorological office, Jade made landfall in northeastern...

Desert Residents Pay High Price for Lucrative Uranium Mining

After a visit in late March from French President Nicholas Sarkozy to Niger, residents in the uranium-exporting desert country continue questioning whether AREVA, a company primarily owned by the French government, will honour its promise to protect communities from mining hazards. Studies and residents' testimonies have pointed to health and...