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, among others. …


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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…


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

Source: www.recode.net

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…


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By Emebet A. Jigssa and Collison Lorez

Contributions by ICPAC’s Climate Change Working Group

The weather forecast is a crucial component for decision making and ameliorating vulnerability of small-holder farmers in East Africa, where the land is frequently prone to floods, famine and desert locust. Farmers in East Africa continues to be exposed to extreme climate events that have increased both in frequency and intensity — negatively affect their harvests, food security, and general livelihoods.


By Eunice Koech

Contributions by ICPAC’s Climate Change Working Group

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The October to December (OND) season popularly known as the short rains season is an important rainfall season for the equatorial and southern sectors of eastern Africa countries (Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, south-eastern Ethiopia, Somalia, and Tanzania). These are countries that experience two major rainfall seasons in a year: March to May and October to December. Generally, the southward movement of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the convergence of the moist south-easterly to south-westerly (Somali Jet) and the dry northerly to north-easterly winds over the region, are the…


By Yvonne Maingey

Contributions by ICPAC’s Climate Change Working Group

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The huge economic, health, and societal ramifications of COVID-19 has set the whole world back in its efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). What does this mean for global, as well as regional climate action? As the world has focused on the immediate health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic, there is a risk that the pending climate crisis will be ignored.

Arguably, the African continent will be hardest hit by climate change. IPCC projections of climate change suggest that East Africa will experience warmer temperatures; a 5–20% increase in rainfall from December to…

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