Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • Cape Verde: Greenpeace Raises Awareness on the State Of Fisheries in West Africa

    February 24, 2017

    Water Journalists Africa February 24, 2017 My Esperanza – the Greenpeace shipThe Greenpeace ship – My Esperanza has today docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde. For eleven weeks the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States – Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal to raise […]

  • Zambia: New Water Project Launched

    February 24, 2017

    JULIUS PHIRI February 24, 2017 NYIMBA Member of Parliament (MP) Olipa Mwansa has commended Eastern Water and Sewerage Company (EWSC) and Devolution Trust Frund (DTF) for remaining committed to improve the lives of the people through the provision of quality water. Ms Mwansa was launching the K2.5 million water supply project financed by the DTF […]

  • Somalia: UN Warns of Famine Danger as Drought Intensifies

    February 18, 2017

    Water Journalists Africa February 18, 2017 As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe. The drought that the northern regions have struggled with for the last year […]

  • Somalia: Norway scales Up Efforts to End Famine caused by Severe Drought in Somalia

    February 18, 2017

    WaterSan Perspective February 18, 2017 Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. “A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian efforts in the […]

  • Zambia: A Water Project to Benefit Parts of Zambia and Malawi Launched

    February 17, 2017

    February 17, 2017 JULIUS PHIRI The Zambia and Malawi have launched a K15 million project for the construction of the water and sanitation schemes for border posts of Chanida, Mwami and Mchinji. The project is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) on three border areas of which […]

  • Ethiopia: Experts Warn of Dire Consequences as Lake Turkana’s Water Levels Fall

    February 15, 2017

    WaterSan Perspective February 15, 2017 Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya according to the Human Rights Watch. Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture, […]

  • Nile Basin Water Journalists, Researchers Excited By a UNESCO-IHE Project Targeting Bringing Them Together

    February 7, 2017

    Fredrick Mugira February 07, 2017 For over 20 years Ishraga Abbas has practiced professional journalism in Sudan – one of the most water-stressed countries on the earth – she has had an ambiguous relationship with water researchers. She actually does not remember teaming up with any water researcher to work on a water story based […]

  • Opinion Piece: The World without Beans

    February 6, 2017

    Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) February 06, 2017 I, like millions of others in Africa, can’t imagine what it would be like to live without beans. Venture onto any small farm in Uganda at meal time, and I can guarantee you that you will find beans on your plate. […]

  • Access to Credit and Technology Can Improve Crop Yield among Smallholder Farmers: UN University Report Confirms

    February 3, 2017

    Dagim Terefe February 3, 2017 A study supported by the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) confirmed that access to credit and technology can increase crop yield among smallholder farmers in Africa. The research findings, reported in the Institute’s working paper entitled “Crop Yield Volatility among Smallholder Farmers” revealed that smallholder […]

  • Ethiopia: Why Conservation of Wetlands Makes Sense

    February 3, 2017

    Dagim Terefe February 3, 2017 As the world celebrated the 2017 World Wetlands Day on Thursday, February 2 2017, the focus this time around was on the role played by wetlands in reducing the impact of natural disasters. Defined as land areas that are flooded with water, either seasonally or permanently, wetlands are said to […]