How Africa can prepare against the next El Niño

By Esther Ngumbi Governments and other key actors in food security need to prepare against the next El Niño, writes Esther Ngumbi. After a long dry spell coupled with drought, the rains have finally arrived in many African countries, including Kenya and South Africa, and the 2017 planting season is underway. But this joy may …

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Ending Africa’s chronic hunger cycle

By Esther Ngumbi For Africa to end chronic hunger, governments must invest in sustainable water supplies, writes Esther Ngumbi. The fields are bare under the scorching sun and temperatures rise with every passing week. Any crops the extreme temperatures haven’t destroyed, the insect pests have, and for many farmers, there is nothing they can do. …

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Funding R&D and citizen science in Africa

By Esther Ngumbi To help address Africa’s R&D challenges, increased funding and citizen science are needed, writes Esther Ngumbi. Climate change, HIV/AIDS, recurring droughts, and food insecurity are some of the most pressing issues the African continent has had to deal with in 2016. [1,2,3] These issues pose a significant threat to economic, social and …

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Time is ripe to predict drought to help African farmers

By Esther Ngumbi It is time to use historical data to predict drought in Africa to benefit farmers, writes Esther Ngumbi. The scorching heat of Kenya’s south coast is causing nightmares to many farmers. Just two months ago, after the rains arrived, Kenya’s south coast was lush with green scenery. The maize fields were thriving …

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