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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Reliable weather data affect farmers’ yields

By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] A project that started in 2012 is helping smallholders in 17 African nations obtain reliable and accurate weather data to increase crop yields. Lack of reliable weather information in most parts of Africa is making many households lose from agriculture, experts say. The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) project was started …

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Online tool aids resilience to climate change impacts

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] An online tool that aids analyses and use of climate data to boost resilience to climate impacts has been launched in Kenya. The tool was launched during the Enhancing National Climate Services workshop organised last month (16 March) by Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) in collaboration with US-based International Research Institute for …

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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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Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time. The innovation is being used in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal to improve crop yields and optimise food production through information and communication …

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