By Dr.Geoffrey Sabiiti

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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Planning for climate change smart actions and solutions requires a great deal of information. Despite minimal benefits expected from climate change in Africa, the challenges have become widespread and cross-cutting. Much of the challenges fall disproportionately on the poor countries majority of which are in Africa. According to studies (Kompas et al., 2018 and Thurlow et al., 2012), climate change related hazards account for economic losses of about 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in some Africa countries annually. Such events (floods and droughts) and their impacts…


By Collison Lore

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

Background

Community engagement and accountability (CEA) is an approach supported by a set of activities that place communities at the heart of interventions, by integrating communication and participation. It is the process of, and commitment to providing timely, relevant and actionable life-saving and life-enhancing information to communities. Using the most appropriate communication approaches to listen to communities’ needs, feedback and complaints, ensuring they can actively participate and guide interventions and actions. CEA supports those involved in programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches to better understand and…


IGAD launches Hazards Watch for East Africa

by Abubakr A. M. Salih, Erick Otenyo, Marta Baraibar and Viola Otieno

East Africa Hazards Watch

The East Africa Hazards Watch supports tracking extreme events such as drought, cyclones, pests (desert locust), heavy rainfall, floods, or crop failures, which are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change.

About 90% of the disasters in East Africa are due to weather and climate hazards, leaving the region to be one of the most vulnerable to extreme events. Considering the high dependency of the economic systems in the region on natural resources, the impacts of weather and climate extremes have far-reaching socioeconomic consequences. To protect…


By Dr Philip Omondi

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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Gender inequalities, fueled by societal norms and defined gender roles, affect not only women’s exposure to hazards, but also limit their resilience and adaptive capabilities. The effects of climate change will be felt by all, however people will not be impacted equally (SEI 2021). Those living through its most adverse effects will have contributed least to the problem and have fewer resources to adapt to its impacts. The consequences of climate change reverberate through society differently for rich and poor, powerful and marginalized, men and women…


By Doreen Nanyonga

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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A video has recently been circulating on social media of a young lady protesting the portrayal of youth (or lack of) in the agriculture sector. During a CNBC Africa Special Forum on the challenges and opportunities for youth employment in agriculture that was held in Kigali Rwanda on 20-21 August 2018, the young Zambian medical doctor/farmer, showed a copy of an agriculture magazine with a photograph of an old lady and asked the audience,

If you show this to a young person, a young woman like me…


By Dr Linda Ogallo

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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Vulnerability in Eastern Africa has been largely linked to poverty, with 40% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa reportedly living below the poverty line, and thus lack the financial capacity to react and adapt to climate shocks. The region has also received frequent and recurring extreme climate events giving member states short recovery periods. For instance, in 2020 the region faced multiple unprecedented threats which were further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result the world bank projected a 3.3% economic decline [1].


by Collison Lore

Contributions from ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

“The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, “Information as a Public Good”, underlines the indisputable importance of verified and reliable information. It calls attention to the essential role of free and professional journalists in producing and disseminating this information, by tackling misinformation and other harmful content.”

The phrase public good may be defined as a commodity or service that is provided without profit to all members of a society, either by the government or by a private individual or organization.

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Eastern Africa: The Challenges of Weather and Climate

Eastern Africa, covers eleven countries (Sudan, South…


Marta Baraibar and Abubakr A. M. Salih

Contributions from ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa. Source: Luis Tato

Africa, which contributes only 3.6% of the total global emissions, is disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. In this article, we highlight 10 impacts of climate change in East Africa that are not well known to many people.

1. Africa is warming faster than the global average


by Charity Mumbua

Contributions from ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

Oxfam International: Climate Change Canvas by Ashley Cecil

Climate change remains one of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale if they remain unchecked. Today, climate events are already exacerbating poverty levels through price shocks, livelihoods disruptions, low agricultural production, damage to assets and infrastructure, massive displacement, and health shocks, including deaths and diseases. …


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by Emebet A. Jigssa

Contributions from ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

Neem tree oil: an organic Pesticide against desert locusts

Neem tree — also known as Bead Tree, Holy Tree, Indian Lilac, Indian Neem, Persian Lilac and Pride of China — is used by many for its diverse medicinal properties, ranging from prevention of fungal infections, ulcers, as a pesticide and for skin care to treat various skin conditions including fighting signs of aging. The neem tree has been treasured as a consecrated remedy and a significant element in Ayurvedic medicine.

The neem tree grows up to 30 meters…

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