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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:57am

PENHA Table of Hope

By Yusuf Dirie

There’s story about four candles burning in a room. The first one is peace. The second faith. The third love. The final hope. The first three candles went out. The final one did not. It was used to re-light the others. The moral of this story is simple – if hope stays lit then even if love, faith and peace can be re-ignited.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00am

Santander Internship contributing on youth development in the UK

Bereket Tsegay made an internship with us through the Santandar Internship of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His reflection follows: 

Job title & Organisation
Climate Resilient Strategy Developer, PENHA

What skills were you hoping to develop?
To enhance my analytical and academic research skills and to boost my communication skills through working in multi-national context and expanding my professional networks.

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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:10am

The 2030 agenda and the SDGs – a course correction?

By Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Professor, Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School, New York

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:06pm

Kenya’s native goats and sheep, expertly crossbred, are key to helping farmers cope with climate change

By Julie Ojango (ILRI) and Vivian Atakos (CCAFS)

Smallholder farmers and pastoral herders in East Africa are the target of an ongoing joint project of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This project is working to improve the productivity of goats and sheep under changing climatic conditions.

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 12:01am

Managing degradation in East African rangelands

Governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) seeking to improve the well-being of herders in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of East Africa and the Greater Horn of Africa often receive contradictory recommendations on how to address land degradation through changing grazing management.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:50pm

Remittance, Counter-Terrorism and Risk of Famine in Somalia

Bereket Tsegay

This article focuses on the role of social capital in general and remittances in particular in the context of Somalia looking at the adverse effect of counter-terrorism legislation of the superpower governments including US in tackling the risk of famine expected to occur in less than few months time.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12:15am

Gender and pastoralism: Why women empowerment is necessary?

Elizabeth Katushabe, PENHA Uganda Project Officer

Women play an important role in the pastoralists’ way of life. They have diverse responsibilities with regard to the livestock, the land, and the household. Women also have a lot of knowledge regarding natural resources management. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 3:18pm

Reviving the Ankole Longhorns of Uganda

Ankole Longhorn cattle can survive in extremely harsh, dry conditions such as those in sub-Saharan Africa – which is becoming drier and hotter. In a context where herders are strongly encouraged to keep exotic and hybrid cattle, the innovative LIFE approach led Ugandan herders to revalue the Longhorns for their economic and cultural value.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:35pm

Contrasting Food Sovereignty with Food Security

The term ‘Food Security’ is a well-recognised concept that has been utilised by many of the mainstream multilateral developmental organisations and the international media. Coined during the 1970s, the concept of Food Security has continued to gather attention in light of the food price crises and reoccurring droughts and famines, and it is generally used to describe the global effort to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition.

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