Date Posted: October 27th, 2014
1-Somalia: Radio station turns words into action
Like many African countries, Somalia is a predominantly oral society. This means that radio can be a powerful communication tool.
The many radio stations in Somalia compete for listeners, but Radio Ergo is the country’s only dedicated humanitarian radio service. Over the past three years, Radio Ergo has created a niche by making a positive difference in the lives of people across Somalia.
Radio Ergo’s programming is varied. Every day, listeners can tune in to dramas, talk shows, and interviews with experts on a range of humanitarian issues, including health, education, displacement, and weather warnings which, for example, give people time to move safely to higher ground.
To read the full article, go to: http://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/somalia-ocha-founded-radio-station-turns-words-action
2-Uganda: Rising temperatures mean pests and diseases more damaging to coffee
Coffee is Uganda’s single largest export earner. The East African nation is the largest exporter of coffee on the continent; Ethiopia consumes more than half of what it produces.
The Uganda Coffee Development Authority estimates that 85 per cent of Ugandan coffee is produced by small-scale farmers, the majority of whom own fields of half a hectare to two and a half hectares. The coffee sector employs three and a half million people.
But all is not well in the Ugandan coffee business. Dr. Africano Kangire from Uganda’s National Coffee Research Institute says that warmer than usual weather may be creating a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
To read the full article, go to: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/as-uganda-heats-up-pests-and-disease-flourish-to-attack-its-top-export-crop/
3-Kenya: Farmers back referendum for more local aid
A growing number of impoverished Kenyan farmers are calling for a referendum to review the country’s constitution. They hope to improve their position under the country’s system of county governance.
Implemented in 2010, the Kenyan constitution devolved power to the county level, enabling counties to raise funds through their own levies. But according to lobby groups, the central government still oversees how the money is spent.
Isaac Ruto is the chairman of the council of regional governors, which supports the referendum campaign. He says, “The call for a referendum is because resources are not reaching marginalized Kenyans in various parts of the country.”
To read the full article, go to: http://www.trust.org/item/20141020082634-rjw65/