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.
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.
By Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Professor, Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School, New York
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.
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.
Photo credit: Sara Costa
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cotton, sugar, palm oil… you name it. Most governments in the developing world believe such plantation cash crops must be a better use of land, and must deliver greater economic returns, than cattle pastures. That’s what most of the current land grabs in Africa are about.