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East Africa’s food crisis: The answer is to promote smallholder farmers Famine was declared in two regions of Somalia in July 2011, where 3.7 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Another eight million people need food assistance in neighbouring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a "catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought" and has appealed for immediate aid.

Council of Ministers ‘calls back’ the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill The East African legislative Assembly (EALA) held its third meeting of the fourth session fromJanuary 25 to February 4, 2011 in Parliament buildings, Nairobi. This session had been expected to debate the second reading of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill for a strengthened Lake Victoria Basin Commission to promote, facilitate and co-ordinateactivities of different actors towards sustainable development and poverty eradication of the Lake Victoria Basin.

Council of Ministers ‘calls back’ the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill (2007) The East African legislative Assembly (EALA) held its third meeting of the fourth session from January 25 to February 4, 2011 in Parliament buildings, Nairobi. This session had been expected to debate the second reading of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill for a strengthened Lake Victoria Basin Commission to promote, facilitate and co-ordinate activities of different actors towards sustainable development and poverty eradication of the Lake Victoria Basin.

International Year of Forests 2011: Is Mabira Forest Reserve a ‘sacrificial lamb’? The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Regulating Trade in Endangered Species: No reports from East Africa The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

EAC Food security Action Plan: Increase agriculture budget and halt large scale ‘land acquisitions’ “Agriculture operates within complex systems and is multifunctional in its nature.

The Africa Environment Day was designated by the then Organization of the African Unity (OAU) Council of Ministers in their Seventy-Sixth Ordinary Session, which took place in Durban, South Africa in July 2002, adopted Decision CM/Dec.685 (LXXVI) calling on all Member States to commemorate March 03 every year as the Africa Environment Day. This Decision was the recognition of the numerous environmental challenges confronting the African continent, which over the years have been further aggravated by loss of Biological Diversity, Climate Change and Desertification.

Wishing you the best of 2011! We would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of your endeavors in 2011. This Ebulletin covers the period December 2010 to January 2011 as we were not able to send out the December 2010 issue on time. 2011 promises numerous challenges and opportunities. Poverty, decreased opportunities for the poor due to human and natural factors ‘crept in’ with us from 2010.

East African Governments ‘snub’ UN General Assembly to recognise access to water and sanitation as a human right “….At current rates, some parts of Africa are at least a century away from providing safe water and sanitation to all. A “water apartheid” has descended across the world — dividing rich from poor, included from excluded. Efforts to redress this disparity are failing. Dedicating $15 billion a year to the water and sanitation millennium goals could bring $38 billion a year in global economic benefits. That’s a pretty good rate of return in today’s financial climate.

September to Remember?: The Case of Sustainable Development from the MDGs Summit The UN Secretary-General published his Keeping the Promise report on 12 February 2010. After numerous revisions, the final draft, entitled Keeping the Promise – United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals was approved by the general assembly on 10 September 2010 and by the High-Level MDG Summit on 22 September 2010.

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