Nigeria Has Been Stumbling In Its Fight Against Boko Haram

Think Progress

By Will Freeman
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Nigeria’s Nigeria’s chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh, talks to the press during a protest against the government’s failure to rescue the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram CREDIT: AP

On Wednesday, militants disguised as members of the Nigerian army believed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group [ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27690687 ]attacked a church in the northeastern state of Borno, killing dozens. Witnesses report they also [ http://time.com/2822471/witnesses-boko-haram-seizing-villages-in-nigeria/ ]captured three villages near the border with Cameroon. This violent episode is part of an ongoing string of terrorist attacks throughout northern Nigeria that, despite receiving [ http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/05/21/3440261/obama-military-nigeria/ ]U.S. support, the Nigerian government is struggling to address. Continue reading Nigeria Has Been Stumbling In Its Fight Against Boko Haram

Kenya’s Climate Change Legislation Takes Shape To Save Struggling Farmers

IPS

By Miriam Gathigah

A tea farmer in Nyeri County, central Kenya contemplates what to do after his crop was damaged by severe weather patterns. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS
A tea farmer in Nyeri County, central Kenya contemplates what to do after his crop was damaged by severe weather patterns. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

NAIROBI, Jun 4 2014 (IPS) – Daniel Njau, a small-scale farmer from Nyeri County, central Kenya, is torn. He just may have to give up his six-hectare tea plantation in favour of farming climate-resilient food crops.

“Tea is very sensitive to climate change. Any drastic weather changes spell doom for the cash crop. In recent years, I have made more losses than gains,” he told IPS.

But statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture show that Njau is only one of an estimated 500,000 small-scale tea farmers facing uncertainty when it comes to their livelihoods. Continue reading Kenya’s Climate Change Legislation Takes Shape To Save Struggling Farmers