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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Climate scientists battle South African industry

By Lou Del Bello If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download[8.6MB]South Africa is the second biggest economy in Africa. It is also heavily reliant on coal, and its struggles to address climate change without hampering development resonate with the whole continent. But this conflict …

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Digging for data on Africa’s climate future

By Lou Del Bello Efforts to digitise old records and gather new data will improve local climate modelling, finds Lou Del Bello. The cardboard box is covered with a layer of dust so thick it must have been tucked away in this Kenyan basement for decades. The researcher wipes off the dust and rummages through …

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Organic or chemical fertiliser? African soils need both

By Lou Del Bello If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.8 MB]   African agriculture often involves ‘nutrient mining’, a term used to describe the failure to replace the soil nutrients that crops remove as they grow. Over time, soils degrade …

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Why democracy doesn’t work for African growth

By Lou Del Bello [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [14.8MB] The narrative that depicts Africa as a place that needs aid to survive is not only wrong, but also a waste of …

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