East Africa on alert for El Niño deluge

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] East African countries near the equator are bracing for high El Niño-related rainfall that meteorologists warn may cause floods, crop losses and disease in the coming months. The region is set to experience much more rain than usual during the October-December wet season, and possibly until early next year, forecasts say …

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Weekly Roundup of South Sudan News Headlines – 29 October 2015

A selection of news headlines from around the globe about South Sudan, from October 22 through October 29, 2015. South Sudan president linked to cannibalism murders Source: The Scotsman South Sudan rebels report progress at security talks in Addis Ababa Source: Radio Tamazuj Professor’s Departure Raises Questions on Freedom of Expression in South Sudan Source: …

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Africa’s aquifers aren’t being protected as they should

Gaathier Mahed, Cape Peninsula University of Technology NGOs often punt the digging of wells as the solution to the long distances women in rural areas travel to collect water. These wells do improve the quality of life, but care needs to be taken in digging them as they could lead to the over-exploitation of aquifers. …

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Fake ballots discovered in Tanzania?

In this video provided exclusively to Sub-Saharan Monitor, Tanzanian voters protest loudly over what appears to be a truckload of fraudulent ballots aimed at promoting the presidential candidacy of CCM nominee John Magufuli over Chadema nominee Edward Lowassa, the former prime minister. Voters in Tanzania went to the polls on Sunday, October 25, to select …

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Project helping women gain more from raising chickens

By Alberto Leny [NAIROBI] A project aimed at improving smallholder chicken production could uplift the livelihoods of millions of poor rural and peri-urban households in Sub-Saharan Africa. The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) targets smallholder farmers, particularly women in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania by identifying and producing chickens from exotic and local breeds, according to …

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