By Doreen Nanyonga

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

© Cornelia Li

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


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.

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. …


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…

By Collison Lore

This year, the theme for International Women’s Day, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.

In Taita Taveta County, Kenya, two women journalists are championing ideas on ensuring that women are more included in weather and climate communication. Linda Akoth and Linah Mwamachi are journalists at Sifa FM in Voi and have worked closely with the IGAD Climate Prediction Application Centre (ICPAC), Kenya Meteorological…

By author, Herbert Misiani, ICPAC Climate Researcher

Contributions by ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group


Climate is chaotic in nature, with many processes and feedbacks which have not been fully understood. Predicting the future states of such a system is often a big challenge and often requires quality long-term climate records spanning several decades. The rising global temperatures have not made things any better for climate scientists since they have already impacted different aspects of climate variability. Every day different centers around the world churn out additional petabytes worth of data; for example, data from conventional observing stations, climate simulations…

By guest author, Dr Tedd Moya Mose, Oxford Martin Fellow at Oxford University’s Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy.

Contributions by ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

This article aims at highlighting three broad conceptions of how the global energy industry has a direct relationship with the climate. This energy-climate union is fraught with some peculiar problems. Broadly, these issues are: the dilemma, the trilemma and the quadrilemma. ‘Why is this important?’, one may ask. It is only by understanding the main problems in this relationship that one may propose suitable pathways for resolving them. …

Regional Coordination of Food Security Threats: Challenges and Opportunities

By Kenneth Kemucie Mwangi

Contributions by ICPAC’s Climate Change Working Group

“A Swarm of Locusts” by Emil Schmidt

Food security in Eastern Africa is being compounded by an array of challenges which include climate related disasters, peace and security, decreasing area of arable land, and the decreasing productivity of agricultural land. Over the recent years, these challenges seem to have intensified. The region is currently battling an unprecedented desert locust invasion, floods, COVID-19 pandemic, and now a risk of a drier than usual cropping season.

IGAD projected that without immediate adequate response, the current food security and nutrition…


🌍🛰️ Climate Services, early warnings and Earth Observation for Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa.

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