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Absolutely worth watching.
Red Elephants, Kenya
Photograph by Brent Stirton, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
The “red elephants” of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park owe their color to the red soil, which they roll in as a dirt bath. Across Africa, sustained poaching of bulls and large females makes orphans of the young and distorts the gene pool in favor of weaker, smaller animals.
PINK PROGRESS An estimated 1.5 million flamingos flock to feast on cyanobacteria in Kenya’s Lake Bogoria. (Photo: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media via The Telegraph)
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Zing indeed! Hint, it’s borders South Sudan, the world’s newest country.
Areas of food shortages and famine in East Africa
Resilience project in Kenya a celebrated success that helps kids and provides opportunities.
Clinton’s subdued, serious speech on Somalia at the IFPRI focuses on sustainable agriculture. She demonstrates deep knowledge of the immediate crisis, implores regional governments to intervene, now, and implores al-Shabaab to step-up. Most interesting is her vision for the region for sustainable agriculture. Run Hilary Run?
Bottom line: Immediate: U.S. has spent $580 million for about 4.6 million people this year for food, distribution, protection, health care, aid workers, and clean water. Long-term: The U.S. has dedicated around $3 billion towards building better agricultural practices throughout Africa. This second part, the long-term strategy for sustainable agriculture at very large scales, deserves more coverage.
More: Crisis in the Horn of Africa | How You Can Help
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on August 11, 2011. Secretary Clinton discussed the ongoing international humanitarian response, as well as how the crisis in the Horn of Africa shows the urgency of investing in sustained food security through efforts such as Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
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What’s interesting about this is that the State Dept is trying to develop a long-term fix, rather than a full-on hand-out. They’re developing a sustainable agriculture program with local farmers.
“With Feed the Future, President Obama’s initiative on food security, we are working with the Kenyan government and smallholder farmers to achieve sustainable, long-term and life-saving agriculture development.” More below…
About the Author: Dr. Rajiv Shah is the Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Earlier this week, I visited the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya, where thousands of exhausted and starving refugees have sought food, water and medical care after fleeing…
Fences made of bees to keep elephants from destroying crops. Also, farmers have a new source of income: honey. win-win!
Innovative solution to the problem of destructive elephants
While the revival of elephants in Kenya has been a huge success for conservationists, it has come at the expense of farmers and villagers who live near the sometimes dangerous pachyderms. Some clever thinking may end up saving everyone some grief. Elephants, like humans, are afraid of bees. Farmers that experimented with fences made of bee hives - instead of traditional thorn bush fences - and found them to be much more effective. And as an added bonus, Kenyan farmers may now benefit from selling honey.
More on the drought in East Africa. Al Jazeera, of course, leads world coverage.
Around three thousand refugees are arriving in the Dadaab complex every day, to flee the worsening drought in neighbouring Somalia.
There are already 440,000 people at the site.
Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste reports from Garissa in northeast Kenya.
Follow up to my previous post: Starvation returns to the Horn of Africa, extreme drought, high food prices, rape. The Economist and Al Jazeera are vigilantly covering the devastating drought in east Africa - the worst since the 1960s effecting Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Aid groups can’t get in sufficiently to provide food, water, and shelter. Refugee camps, it seems, are run by militant rebel groups.
Some rebel groups have cut deals with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab to allow starving refugees cross borders.
The U.S. State Department has issued a strongly worded letter to al-Shabaab to allow foreign aid into Somalia. Update below
Who is to blame? An oscillation in the climate in the form of La Niña—a cooling of the surface temperature across the equatorial eastern-central Pacific, causing big changes in airflow and weather patterns—is likely to have contributed to the droughts.
But humans too play a part. “This is a preventable disaster and solutions are possible,” says Jane Cocking, Oxfam’s humanitarian director. It is no coincidence that the worst-affected areas are also the poorest in the region. Long-term investment could have made villages and towns more resilient.
Update: US Dept. of State sending food aid.
This week, USAID activated a disaster assistance response team (DART) operating out of Ethiopia and Kenya to work with the World Food Program, UNICEF, and over a dozen other organizations to coordinate emergency efforts to relieve the crisis. So far this year, the United States has provided more than $366 million to respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa, and continues to explore additional ways to assist those in need.
Read the Press release, here.