A simple way to prevent African water wars

By Nader Noureddine Ethiopia should lower the height of its Renaissance saddle dam to defuse the water crisis, says Nader Noureddine. The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the dam is just 25 metres shy of the target for this stage of the project. …

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El Niño leaves hunger in its wake

By Lou Del Bello     An estimated 10.2 million people are now food insecure in Ethiopia, as a result of an exceptional drought exacerbated by the El Niño event that began last year. The situation not only in the country but also across the whole of East Africa is predicted to worsen in coming …

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Africa News Headlines for 28 January 2016

A selection of headlines about Africa gathered from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Pride & Prejudice: How African LGBT Activists are Risking Their Lives to Bring Tolerance to Their Homes Source: Essence Unspoiled beaches, mangrove swamps and fields of ganja: A walk on the wild side Source: Daily Maverick Exposed! The world …

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Having a baby is hard in Ethiopia: women walk a lot, and wait a lot

Ruth Jackson, Deakin University Maternal health has made great advances in Ethiopia. In my 10 years conducting research on maternal health, I’ve seen a big push to build more health facilities and to provide ambulances to transport pregnant women to these facilities. But one of the big challenges for women is referring them for help …

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Africa gets new center for agricultural innovation

By Christophe Assogba [COTONOU, BENIN] A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

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