Mtwara residents allowed to go back home but threat from storm still looms large
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Mtwara residents allowed to go back home but threat from storm still looms large

  Mtwara residents allowed to go back home but threat from storm still looms large     By Deodatus Mfugale Dar es Salaam Tanzania April 25, 2019   MORE than 5,000 Mtwara town residents who had left their homes early today to avoid the forecasted catastrophic impacts of Tropical Storm Kenneth have been allowed to go back to their homes but stay alert for any signs of the storm gaining momentum. Mtwara regional  authorities had sheltered the residents in six centres as a safety measure against the tropical storm after the Tanzanania Meterological authorities had forecast the storm would make a landfall in Mtwara by noon on Thursday. The weather authority had warned that the storm would lead to heavy floods and destroy various infrastructures, thereby threatening human life. However by 16hrs, about four hours after the   forecast landfall, neither strong winds nor heavy rains were experienced. The Regional Defense and Security Committee thus allowed the residents to go home but warned that they should be alert as the situation could change. The government leaders would keep the public informed of in case of any developments. “The weather has been generally calm contrary to the forecast. By 15hrs the wind speed was 50 kph as opposed to 140kph which the weather authority had forecast. We believe it is safe enough for you to go back home and engage in your daily businesses,” said Mtwara Regional Commissioner Gelacius Byakanwa but was quick to warn the residents to be alert for any changes in the weather. “But it is not yet over! The storm is still there and things might change. So be on the lookout and tune to the news media for any development. We have also arranged for a public address system that will be employed to inform you immediately should any changes happen,” explained the Regional Commissioner. However according to the Director of TMA, Dr Agnes Kijazi, Tropical Storm Kenneth was still active 177 kilometres away from Mtwara, gaining speed from 130kph to 140 kph and heading towards Mozambique. “So things are far from over. The storm is drawing heavy clouds over many areas in the southern part of the country and these areas are likely to get very heavy rain. The public should take precautions as the dangers posed by Tropical Storm Kenneth are still valid,” she said. According t the Director, the storm will make a landfall in Mozambique early Friday morning, about 230 kilometres away from Mtwara with winds blowing at 100kph. “The fact that it is heading to Mozambique does not mean that we are out of danger; the landfall will affect areas about...

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Residents vacate homes as Kenneth slowly lands in Mtwara
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Residents vacate homes as Kenneth slowly lands in Mtwara

Residents vacate homes as Kenneth slowly lands in Mtwara By Deodatus Mfugale Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Hundreds of Mtwara town residents and its environs have  vacated their homes to relocate to safer places before Tropical Storm Kenneth makes a landfall in Mtwara town in the afternoon today. By 6.00am today, light showers had started falling in the town and its outskirts as the wind also became stronger by the hour. Most of those who moved to safer places have their homes located close to shore, thus most vulnerable to the negative impacts of the tropical storm. The Mtwara Municipal Director Col. Emmanuel Mwaigobeko identified safe areas that people should move to as Mtwara airport,Majengo, and Tandika Primary schools, Naliendele army camp and Mitego and Sabodo secondary schools. “ All schools should remain closed. Employees should not go to work today and all should move to safe areas as directed. Do not take anything with you,” he stressed. Earlier the Tanzanania Meteorological Authority Manager for the Southern Zone Daudi Amasi had identified vulnerable areas from which people should vacate as including, Mikindani, Mtepwezi, Kiyanga, Kiyangu, Chuno, Miseti, Skoya and Rreli all of which are close to the shore. ”These are the areas that will probably be most hit by the storm. People must vacate their homes very early in the morning,” he warned, adding that people in other areas must also move to safe places. The Mtwara regional Commissioner Gelacius Byakanwa also warned  Mtwara residents, particularly fishermen to stay away from the ocean the whole day today until the situation normalized.”This warning also applies to all those who use vessels for purposes other than fishing. Please stay away from the ocean,” the RC warned. A resident of Mtwara town Abdallah Mbangile said in an interview that by 8.00 this morning the wind had started to gain strength and there were light showers.” We are leaving our homes and I am relocating to the airport for safety,” he said. However, not everyone heeded to the warning given by the leaders. “Some people are reluctant to leave their places; maybe they don’t realize the danger that goes with storms,” explained Mbangile. A journalist working for Safari Radio in Mtwara town, Baraka Jamal  said that there were light showers early in the morning and a weak wind. “There was a bit of wind at night but then it died off. Right now (8.15 am) there is a bit of wind, a weak one. Maybe it will pick up soon,” he said. According to the journalist all offices have been closed for today and residents have been seen relocating to places identified by the...

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Plantain helps to address food security in Nigeria
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Plantain helps to address food security in Nigeria

  Nigeria is the largest producer of plantain in West Africa, with an annual production of about 2.4 million metric tons, according to a recent report from the Forum For Agricultural Research in Africa ( FARA). Analysis. By Oluwasoyo Folarin   Nigeria is the largest producer of plantain in West Africa, with an annual production of about 2.4 million metric tons, according to a recent report from the Forum For Agricultural Research in Africa ( FARA), the technical  arm of the African Union Commission (AUC) on matters concerning agricultural science, technology and innovation. Plantain is healthy Plantain consumption helps to address food security and plantain flour is also seen as healthy with nutritious values, according to the study. Plantain has diverse use in medicine, industries and households. These uses has made it demand upsurge in the last decade and positioned the food crop as a viable product for export. One of the major derivative of plantain is plantain flour which is used in the production of baking pastries, waffles, pancakes, breads, soups & more. The constraints There are numerous opportunities to be harness by investors along the crop value chain. The plantain industry should be developed with favorable policies and strong support from the Nigeria government to ease difficulty of business, and integrating strategic investment in plantain, specified the researchers. There are three major constraints with plantain production. Farmers have to deal with the changing climate( off-season, on- season), the menace of pest and disease linked to climate change  and the access to finance to determine the price of their plantains. The value chain of Plantain Adeolu Babatunde Ayanwale, Fatunbi Oluwole Abiodun and Ojo Mathew Pau, three  researchers from FARA analyzed the various activities of the key actors in the plantain value chain across the southwest region, one of the major centers of plantain production in Nigeria. The study shows that about 49% of farming households are producing plantain as their main crop. 82% of the farmers belong to farmers association, while about 64% also belong to cooperative societies. 90% of the farmers needs 180,000 Naira ( 432 euros) to fill the financing gap. However, membership of cooperative society can have access easily to credit, noted the researchers. The analysis collected data from 300 producers from six states: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo. The study has selecting 15 marketers, processors and consumers per state to give a total of 45 respondents for marketers, processors and consumers respectively. According to the researchers, plantain production is mainly dominated by males, monogamously married with an average age of 49 years old and a primary school education. Plantain production is becoming...

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Era Environnement: Le retour/ The Comeback
Mar21

Era Environnement: Le retour/ The Comeback

Depuis, quelques mois, vous ne nous lisez plus. Mais, ne vous inquiétez pas, Era Environnement est pleine restructuration. Vous aurez prochainement le loisir de lire tous nos articles.   A bientôt Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Rédactrice en chef For the past few months, you did not have news from Era Environnement. We are undergoing a restructuring. But, do not worry, we will soon get back to you. See you soon. Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Editor in...

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Les Maires du C40 demandent au G20 plus d’action climatique
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Les Maires du C40 demandent au G20 plus d’action climatique

  Les Maires du C40 demandent au G20 plus d’action climatique Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache L’Urgence climatique Les Maires des plus grandes villes du monde, représentants une centaine de millions de citoyens, viennent de signer une pétition demandant aux chefs d’Etat du sommet du G20, un sommet prévu du 7 au 8 juillet à Hambourg ( Allemagne), de respecter les engagements de  l’Accord de Paris, rapporte le site de la Convention Cadre des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques. La pétition souligne l’urgence de l’ action climatique à tous les niveaux et réaffirme les engagements des villes à mettre en œuvre l’Accord de Paris. Les villes, décrit la Convention Cadre des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques, sont au centre de l’action climatique, parce que la plupart des émissions de gaz à effet de serre proviennent des villes et la population des villes est de plus en plus importante. «  Pour respecter les objectifs de l’Accord de Paris,  des réformes urgentes sont nécessaires, dans l’énergie, le transport, l’alimentation, et les déchets. Il faut stimuler les investissements dans l’économie à bas carbone qui vont créer des emplois et améliorer la santé publique. Une étude du C40, le groupement de 91 grandes métropoles mondiales démontre que les progrès majeurs pour atteindre ces objectifs d’ici 2020, » précise la pétition. Les Maires, représentants les villes de Rotterdam à Yokohama ont affirmé avoir déjà mis en œuvre les politiques et projets nécessaires pour respecter les ambitions de l’accord de Paris. Ils se sont engagés à respecter leur plan de réduction d’ émission de gaz à effet de serre, de prévention de la pollution de l’air et investissent dans des infrastructures durables qui permettent à leurs villes d’être résilientes aux changements climatiques. Le rapport de l’OCDE Point important. Au mois de mai dernier, un rapport intitulé ” Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth”,  publié par  l’OCDE, indique que l’intégration de la politique économique courante des mesures de lutte contre les changements climatiques peut avoir un impact positif sur la croissance économique à moyen et long terme. D’après ce rapport, les pays du G20, qui représentent 85% du PIB mondial, et 80% des émissions de CO2, doivent conjuguer des mesures climatiques telles que la tarification du carbone avec des initiatives économiques d’appui centrées sur l’investissement des infrastructures bas carbone et résilientes aux changements climatiques. Pourtant, toujours selon le rapport, les pays du G20 ont ces dernières années peu investi dans les infrastructures à faible émission de gaz à effet de serre.  Pour limiter la température mondiale en dessous de 2 degrés( une mesure précisée dans l’Accord de Paris  les pays du G20 doivent investir 6900 milliards de...

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