Impoverished nations in Africa will be given priority regarding new grain shipments from Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.
Erdogan told his party members in parliament that Russian President Vladimir Putin had suggested prioritising countries including Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan, and that he agreed with the idea.
The Turkish leader added that Ankara’s diplomatic efforts helped convince Moscow to return to the grain deal.
“Following our call with Mr Putin yesterday, Russian Defence Minister Shoigu called our Defence Minister Hulusi Akar to say that grain shipments will continue as previously planned starting from 12 o’clock today,’’ he said.
The Turkish Defence Ministry later confirmed that shipments had started at noon (0900 GMT) as promised.
Impoverished nations in Africa will be given priority regarding new grain shipments from Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had suggested prioritising countries including Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan, Erdoğan told his party members in parliament, adding that he agreed with the idea.
Ankara’s diplomatic efforts helped convince Moscow to return to the grain deal, the Turkish leader said.
“Following our call with Mr Putin yesterday, Russian Defence Minister Shoigu called our Defence Minister Hulusi Akar to say that grain shipments will continue as previously planned starting from 12 o’clock on Wednesday,” he said.
The Turkish Defence Ministry later confirmed that shipments had started at noon (0900 GMT) as promised.
The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, is being called the 'African COP' as the impact of climate change on African countries will be a key topic of discussions.
Agriculture and food systems will also be a critical focus of COP27, with Saturday 12 November dedicated to both themes, in addition to adaptation.
The role of young people also occupies a prominent place on the climate agenda, since November 10 is dedicated to their participation.
Ahead of COP27 and in line with their commitment to this youth agenda, the African Development Bank and the Global Adaptation Center organized a webinar to examine ways to make agriculture attractive to youth.
The webinar entitled Are climate-smart and digital agriculture solutions the silver bullet to attract youth?, highlighted the potential of climate-smart and digital agriculture to attract youth and thus rejuvenate an agricultural sector world aging.
Dr. Kevin Kariuki, Vice President for Power Energy, Climate and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, pointed out the challenges facing the agricultural sector due to changing climate change.
“Agriculture in most of sub-Saharan Africa remains predominantly rainfed and therefore extremely vulnerable to both short-term fluctuations and long-term changes in climatic conditions.
It is the most exposed sector with estimates indicating that climate change will cause yield declines of 8 to 22 percent for Africa's rainfed staple crops over the next 20 years,” Kariuki said.
Dr. Beth Dunford, Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank, noted that while agriculture has tremendous potential for job creation in Africa, its current traditional form is not attractive to young people for several reasons.
reasons, including negative perceptions.
“Who wants to wear overalls, dig a field with a hoe or drive a tractor when we can do it in a suit and a duster, right?
However, technology makes agriculture cool enough to motivate them to use technology-enabled companies to be part of agricultural value chains,” Dunford said.
Prof. Anthony Nyong, Senior Director for Africa at the Global Adaptation Center, said: "There is a gap in the agricultural sector in Africa, and that is in the use of digital solutions."
AAAP's Climate-Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security Pillar is expanding access to digital technologies and associated data-driven agricultural and financial services for at least 30 million African farmers.
In the African Development Bank Program to Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security in the Horn of Africa (BREFONS) (https://bit.ly/3SBjvx8), currently underway in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan South and Sudan, AAAP is facilitating the integration of climate-smart digital technologies for adaptation and resilience.
“The project will increase crop and livestock productivity by 30%, reaching around 1.3 million farmers and herders using climate services such as index insurance.
Around 55,000 additional jobs will be created for youth and women,” said Olúde Ajayi, Africa Program Leader, Food Security and Rural Well-being, Global Adaptation Center.
Panelists said that young people must use their digital skills to accelerate the transformation of the agricultural sector, which forms the backbone of Africa's economy.
They urged participants to contribute to solutions that improve market linkages to promote agribusiness.
“Africa's significant youth population faces rising unemployment with myriad negative consequences.
These challenges are further exacerbated by climate shocks, skills gaps and limited preparedness to address the effects of climate change,” said Andre-Marie Taptue, Senior Economist at the African Development Bank's Youth Jobs Program.
AAAP's YouthAdapt program (https://bit.ly/3D5JqqT) promotes sustainable job creation through entrepreneurship in climate adaptation and resilience in Africa by unlocking $3 billion in credit for adaptation actions.
Last year, at COP26, the first group of ten young African entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (https://bit.ly/3zcerZb) who offer innovative solutions and business ideas that can boost adaptation and resilience were awarded.
to climate change.
This year's Africa Youth Adaptation Competition (https://bit.ly/3f0JkZP) 20 companies in Africa will each receive up to $100,000 plus mentoring and training to support their climate change adaptation innovation.
Panelists included Claude Migisha from the African Development Bank, Dr. Fleur Wouterse, and Aramide Abe from the Global Center on Adaptation.
They shared their views on how AAAP was shaping and adding value to the Bank Digital Agriculture Flagship program, ways to accelerate investor engagement in agricultural adaptation, and how YouthADAPT was moving the needle on entrepreneurship, unlocking finance and innovation.
Gislaine Matiedje Nkenmayi of Mumita Holdings, a 2021 YouthADAPT Challenge Award Winner, shared her experience of how the $100,000 grant transformed her company.
“With the grant, we were able to reach more than 10 cooperatives with a total of 257 small farmers, to whom we offer free advisory services, low-cost greenhouses and solar-powered irrigation systems.
We have been able to expand production from 100kg to 1000kg of fresh vegetables per week,” Ella Nkenmayi said.
In her closing remarks, Edith Ofwona Adera, Senior Regional Climate Change Officer and AAAP Coordinator at the Bank, highlighted the need to strengthen adaptation and resilience measures and accelerate the mainstreaming of climate adaptation for transformation at scale.
She called for the involvement of the private sector, given the role it can play in adapting to climate change, financing adaptation, and supporting others through products and services for resilience.
Two penalty kicks ensured that Nigeria and Tanzania parted 1-1 on Saturday in Dar es Salaam in an Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying round first leg match.Team captain Success Makanjuola put Nigeria ahead in the 29th minute, after Qudus Akanni was fouled and a penalty kick awarded to the visiting side.The Nigerian side thereafter created and wasted a good number of goalscoring chances which, with a little more precision, would have put the match to bed by half-time.The home team piled on the pressure in the second half at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.They hit the crossbar on two occasions, before Djiboutian referee Souleiman Djama awarded them a penalty kick which was brilliantly converted in the 74th minute.The Olympic Eagles fought tenaciously to earn a winner, but it was not to be.However, they will return home with their heads high and determined to finish off the task when they host the Tanzanians at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Oct. 29.The winners on aggregate will proceed to the next round of the Under-23 AFCON qualifying campaign.The tournament, which is scheduled for Morocco in November 2023, will determine Africa’s flagbearers at the men’s football tournament of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, in cooperation with the Global Monitoring for Environmental Security and the African Regional Center for Resource Mapping for Development, organized a workshop focused on environmental monitoring and assessment on 18 and October 19 at the Asmara Palace.
The objective of the workshop, in which representatives of ministries, institutions and partner associations participated, was to collect concise information on the activities carried out at the national level and generate ideas that help address the challenges.
In his opening address at the workshop, Mr. Tesfay Gebreselasie, Minister of Land, Water and Environment, said that the aim of the workshop is to support the objective national, regional and global initiative of monitoring the environment and security with technology.
and called on the nationals to become beneficiaries of the information and play their due role in the preservation and safety of the environment.
Mr. Aman Saleh, coordinator of the workshop and head of Environmental Information and Promotion of the Ministry, for his part, said that the objective of the workshop was, in cooperation with partners, to identify existing environmental information gaps and implement information technology with a view to collect concise information.
Mr. Stephen Sande and Mr. Teddy Mwangi, representatives of the Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development comprising 14 East African countries, said the center's mission is to collect information with a view to addressing environmental challenges and impediments through information technology application.
The Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.
Eight African ministers from the Horn of African region have vowed to develop a comprehensive roadmap to help boost food security amid a looming famine in some countries.
“The failure of four consecutive rainfall seasons over the last three years has pushed communities in Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) areas, which are most vulnerable to recurrent droughts, over the brink,” the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said in a statement.
The eight IGAD member states are Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
The ministers and heads of delegations from IGAD member states who ended their two-day meeting in Nairobi said the roadmap will prioritise scaling up famine prevention, strengthen food systems, enhance resilience, and improve cross-border trade within the region.
According to the bloc, about 50 million people in the Horn of African region are projected to face acute food insecurity by the end of 2022.The ministers and heads of delegations from IGAD member states and humanitarian partners met on Oct. 6 to 7 in Nairobi during a high-level regional meeting on national and regional efforts to address the persistent food crises in eastern Africa.
According to the IGAD, the region continues to grapple with the combined effects of climatic shocks, protracted political and resource-based conflicts, economic decline, escalated food and fuel prices, and inflation.
It said the region accounts for 22 per cent of the global number of acutely food insecure people and 10 million children under five suffering from severe and acute malnutrition.
“This is the highest number of acutely food insecure populations recorded, with over 50 million people projected to face severe acute food insecurity by the end of this year,” the IGAD said.
In Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, 23 million suffer from hunger every day and this number is expected to rise to 26 million early next year, it warned.
The IGAD also said 24 per cent of the world’s 51 million internally displaced people who are found in the region, mainly in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, are also at risk.
It warned that a potential fifth consecutive failed rainfall season looms over a region that is already weathering the catastrophic effects of persistent droughts, the worst in 40 years.
Members of the Regional Subcommittee for Polio Eradication and Outbreaks in the Eastern Mediterranean reviewed recent developments during the 69th session of the Regional Committee.
It was the sixth meeting of the subcommittee since it was formed during the 67th Regional Committee.
During the meeting, Member States and partners reiterated their commitment to freeing current and future generations of children from polio and called for sustained efforts to end polio once and for all, including the wild poliovirus outbreaks that persist in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Representatives of the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and the Regional Directors of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Offices in the Middle East and North Africa and South Asia gave interventions in support of the ongoing work to end polio in the Region.
Member States represented in person or virtually included Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Dr. Hamid Jafari, Director of the Region's Polio Eradication Program, updated Member States on efforts to stop transmission of wild and variant polioviruses in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Since the 68th session of the Regional Committee, nationwide vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan, the Region has implemented outbreak response campaigns using the new oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2), and concerted and sustained efforts have led to the closure of a poliovirus outbreak in Sudan.
and a high-risk event in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dr. Jafari informed the Member States about the epidemiological situation in the last two countries in the Region (Afghanistan and Pakistan) with transmission of wild poliovirus.
Despite a surge in cases in 2022, concerted efforts in Pakistan have led to only one lineage of viruses surviving in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The country's top priorities now are stopping the circulation of endemic polio in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, implementing intensive cleaning campaigns in any districts that detect wild poliovirus type 1, and preventing transmission in high-risk districts.
Great strides In Afghanistan, increased access to children has been a game changer.
The program now has an opportunity to focus its efforts on stopping transmission in the eastern region and preventing a spillover from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan into southeastern Afghanistan and from the eastern region into Pakistan.
Current program focuses are reaching missing children, strengthening cross-border coordination, and building partnerships with the Essential Immunization Program and organizations that provide humanitarian services.
In his capacity as Chairman of the Regional Certification Commission, Dr. Yaqob Al Mazrou noted that although the Eastern Mediterranean Region is the last WHO Region with endemic poliovirus and faces recurrent humanitarian crises and challenges, it has made great strides towards the eradication of poliomyelitis.
While he noted that 20 of the 22 countries in the Region have met the program's standards for polio eradication certification, he urged Member States to continue to intensify surveillance due to the increased risk of poliovirus spread.
Dr. Al Mazrou also explained recent innovations in the Regional Certification Commission, including the pioneering Annual Electronic Certification Report system.
The repository, part of the legacy of the eradication program, will house certification reports and information on countries' experiences in polio eradication, enabling fast and detailed data analysis and saving time by facilitating faster responses.
HE Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health of Qatar and co-chair of the Regional Subcommittee for Polio Eradication and Outbreaks, explained that the epidemiological situation in the Region has evolved in recent months.
The circulation of low-level wild polioviruses that survived in bags has caused spikes in cases, and poliovirus variants that spread across borders have persisted in some countries.
With several countries in the Region facing complex and multilevel emergencies (natural disasters and conflicts along with health crises), vaccines are increasingly out of reach for many children.
The implications of this were highlighted by Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al-Rand, on behalf of HE Dr. Abdul Mohammed Al Oweis, Co-Chair of the Regional Subcommittee on Polio Eradication and Outbreaks.
Dr. Chris Elias, Chairman of the Polio Oversight Board and Chairman of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, underscored that one of the common threads of the ongoing poliovirus outbreaks in the Region is limited access to all the children.
He stressed that the national polio program was unable to reach all children with oral polio vaccine due to "a tragic combination of insecurity, violence, lack of political will, and community rejection."
He reiterated that the polio program does not face a technical challenge, since polio vaccines work, but the ability to administer vaccines to all children is urgently required.
Given the increasing movement of populations and polioviruses across borders, all partners reiterated their commitment to intensify efforts to end polio in the Region.
They agreed to expand strategies and tactics, including polio surveillance and access to children, to ensure that polioviruses do not have a chance to spread.
The efforts of Member States to end the circulation of polio have the unwavering support of the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari.
The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has paid a commendable tribute to the Ugandan Army and Police for contributing to the restoration of peace and stability in East Africa and the Great Lakes of Africa.
As part of then AMISOM, Uganda was the first country to deploy forces to Somalia in 2007, followed by Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone.
In joint operations with Somali security forces, Ugandan and Burundian forces seized Mogadishu from Al-Shabaab control, paving the way for other successful operations throughout Somalia.
The ATMIS Uganda police contingent serving in Somalia held a ceremony on Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of Uganda's independence.
The theme of the day was 'October 9: A Declaration of African Interdependence'.
Our shared destiny.
During the ceremony, the Commander of the ATMIS Force, Lieutenant General Diomede Ndegeya, praised the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, for allowing the country's troops to participate in African peacekeeping missions.
“His Excellency President Museveni made a bold decision when he deployed the UPDF to Somalia when no African country was ready,” said Lt. Gen. Ndegeya, who officiated at the ceremony.
"Your courageous and historic decision of his laid the foundation for other countries to come together and contribute to the restoration of peace and stability in Somalia," Lt. Gen. Ndegeya added.
The Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), Under-Secretary-General, Lisa Filipetto, called on Ugandans to be proud of the country's progress over the past sixty years.
“As a country, it has done well to build credible institutions like the Uganda People's Defense Force and the Uganda Police Force, and have people who believe in those institutions,” said Filipetto, who previously served as Australia's High Commissioner to Uganda.
ATMIS Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police (AIGP), Augustine Magnus Kailie, said the return to relative peace in Somalia has created an enabling environment for police to support stabilization efforts.
“The relative peace we have in Somalia can be attributed to troops from Uganda and other countries.
As a police force, we cannot function without our military counterparts,” said AIGP Kailie.
The contingent commander of the Uganda Formed Police Unit at ATMIS, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Robert Lule, said the armed forces will continue to ensure peace and stability in Uganda, the region and Africa.
“As a nation and people of Africa, let us reflect on what unites us.
It is humanity, solidarity and diversity.
With peace prevailing at home, we can look to the future with optimism”, said ACP Lule.
The African Energy Chamber (AEC), the voice of the African energy sector, is proud to announce that HE Dr. Ing. Sultan Woli, Minister of State for Energy of Ethiopia, has confirmed his attendance and participation in AEW 2022 (https:/ /AECWeek.com/), Africa's premier event for the energy industry, to shape critical conversations on how Africa can maximize development and exploitation.
of its vast and comprehensive energy resources, including oil, natural gas, hydropower and solar power, to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030.
As the official meeting place for policymakers African energy politicians, investors and companies, the African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition, which will take place from 18 to 21 October in Cape Town, under the theme "Exploring and investing in the energy future of Africa while driving an enabling environment", represents where African energy matters, including best practices for the continent to drive energy access and drive socio-economic development, are discussed.
Representing one of the largest hydroelectric water reservoirs in the world, HE Dr. Ing. Sultan Woli's participation and attendance at AEW 2022 will be crucial in driving critical discussions about the role of Africa's massive yet untapped hydroelectric potential in maximizing the diversification of the continent's energy mix for large-scale energy generation and access initiatives.
Since taking over as Minister of State for Energy in October 2021, HE Dr. Ing. Sultan Woli is playing a key role in maximizing the growth of the energy sector with the executive driving the revitalization of the country's energy policy and accelerating the completion of the great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in Africa and the sixth largest in the world, for local and regional power.
Now, with Ethiopia seeking to increase the development and exploitation of its untapped water, solar, natural gas and other energy resources, including geothermal, to provide access to clean cooking and reliable, affordable energy to an estimated 55% of the population of the country currently living on energy.
poverty, AEW 2022 serves as the best platform for the minister of state to promote investment opportunities throughout the energy value chain of the East African country.
Already providing electricity to neighboring Sudan and Djibouti and with the ambition to contribute to continental energy security by connecting East Africa with Southern Africa, in the spirit of Ubuntu among African countries and energy players to drive the socio-economic development of the continent, AEW 2022 serves as the best platform for Ethiopia to meet with regional and international partners, energy companies and investors to discuss the potential of the country's energy market to address the looming electricity shortage on the continent.
“The Chamber has the honor of receiving the Hon. Mr. Dr. Ing. Sultan Woli at AEW 2022 to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the country's and Africa's energy market.
With Ethiopia aiming for 100% electrification by 2025, through optimal exploitation of hydropower and other resources, including liquefied petroleum gas for clean cooking, AEW 2022 presents the best platform for HE Dr. Sultan Wolle meet with the public and private sector investors that the country is looking for.
to drive market growth,” says NJ Ayuk, CEO of AEC.
At AEW 2022, HE Dr. Ing. Sultan Woli will participate in high-level meetings and various forums to provide an update on the latest generation, transmission and technical developments within Ethiopia's rapidly expanding energy sector as the country contemplates provision of modern and sustainable electricity services for regional consumers.
The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against military forces in Garabtisan in the Republic of Djibouti, which resulted in several soldiers being killed and wounded.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of the human values and principles The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences to the government and people of Djibouti and to the families of the victims, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured.