Date Posted: November 3rd, 2014
1-Mozambique: Farmers choose cassava over hybrid maize
The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research has developed high yielding cassava varieties that resist mosaic disease.
The new, widely adopted varieties are being used by farmers who supply the brewing industry. They are proving more popular than hybrid maize varieties, as farmers consider the cassava better able to withstand tough climatic conditions and a lack of inputs.
To read the full article, go to: http://spore.cta.int/en/component/content/article/278-spore/agriculture-2/10565-cooperatives
2-Uganda: Broadcaster’s conviction spurs call to end cases of criminal defamation
Radio journalist Ronald Ssembuusi has been ordered to pay a fine of $375 U.S. or face one year’s imprisonment, after being convicted of criminal defamation.
In 2011, Mr. Ssembuusi reported on CBS Radio that a former local politician was being investigated in connection with the disappearance of solar panels. Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda is leading calls for the law on criminal defamation to be repealed.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights passed a resolution in November 2010 that states: “Criminal defamation laws constitute a serious interference with freedom of expression and impede … the role of the media as a watchdog.”
To read the full article, go to: https://www.ifex.org/uganda/2014/10/20/ssembuusi_sentenced/
3-Kenya: Warmer days a catastrophe in the making for pastoralists
Extreme weather events and more frequent and prolonged dry spells are making life difficult for pastoralist communities.
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report predicted that temperatures in Africa, particularly in the more arid regions, are likely to rise more quickly than in other land areas.
Dr. George Keya, assistant director for Range and Arid Lands Research, said that if the short rains fail this year, “We will be facing a catastrophe in arid and semi-arid areas where pastoralists live.”
To read the full article, go to: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/10/warmer-days-a-catastrophe-in-the-making-for-kenyas-pastoralists/