Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Clayton Masekesa – The Zimbabwean – Monday October 13, 2014 (originally published 8 Oct) A swiftly shifting landscape in rural Honde Valley has changed the lives of many women – especially those who are small-scale banana farmers and who depend, almost exclusively, on rainfall for their water supply. In an interview with The Zimbabwean last […]

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

IRIN – UN Humanitarian news & analysis – WNN – WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) Maradi/Diffa, NIGER, WESTERN AFRICA: Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses – chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds – which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty. James Litzinger, an agricultural specialist […]

Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, Africa among UN’s list for emission reducing inventions

Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, Africa among UN’s list for emission reducing inventions

Laurie Goering for TRF – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: When remote mining camps in Mongolia’s south Gobi desert need energy, they rent diesel generators. But rented solar arrays can provide energy 30 percent cheaper, while producing no carbon emissions, an entrepreneur says. The solar rental model, with no […]

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: In the absence of decisive action to significantly cut the emission of earth-warming greenhouse gases, most poor countries have resigned themselves to adapting to the effects of climate change. But as recent data show, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in […]

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

Isaiah Esipisu for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are due to get a bigger say in Kenya’s climate change policies after female parliamentarians representing its 47 counties joined a group that has been pushing for gender balance from the local up to the national level. […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

While Men Go Drinking, Women Go Fishing

While Men Go Drinking, Women Go Fishing

Ephraim Nsingo – IPS – Thursday, 24 May 2012 (originally published 21 May) CHIPATA, Zambia, May 21, 2012 (IPS) – Climate change may have led to declining water levels in Genda Village in Zambia’s Eastern Province, but Mercy Mwanza and the women here discovered there was a positive side to it and found a new […]