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November 2015

Researchers urged to syndicate with policy makers in promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation

The regional conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the COMESA/EAC/SADC regions has opened in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi with a call on participants to open their minds to the opportunities likely to come with climate change rather than lament about the challenges it poses. 

Far from spelling doom, the conference heard that various climate models predict that climate change would result in increased rainfall in some parts of the region, an opportunity that policy makers should plan for. Read more about Researchers urged to syndicate with policy makers in promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation

Variation of East African sorghums based on biochemical characteristics

A total of 30 sorghum varieties from East Africa were analysed for their biochemical characteristics. The objective was to ascertain the extent of the genetic diversity underlying their biochemical and physiological characteristics that included starch (%), amylose (%), amylopectin (%), proteins (%), tannins (mg/100 ml), yield (Kg/ha) and height (cm). The principal component analysis (PCA) showed that the first two contributed to the 69.66% of the variability among the sorghum varieties. Read more about Variation of East African sorghums based on biochemical characteristics

Consultancy to Document Technologies under EAAPP Programme Terms of Reference

Background

Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda and the World Bank jointly designed a ten-year Eastern Africa Agriculture Productivity Project (EAAPP). As a regional project, it fits within the development framework of the World Bank, COMESA and ASARECA because it (i) supports activities that is coordinated across four countries, (ii) generates benefits that spill over country boundaries, and (iii) provides a platform for policy harmonization. Read more about Consultancy to Document Technologies under EAAPP Programme Terms of Reference