Ug99, a fungal disease known as wheat rust, could destroy 80 percent of all known wheat varieties. Scientists in Kenya's Rift Valley are joining a global fight against it.
Experts in Kenya report steady advances in developing varieties of wheat resistant to the stem-rust disease that threatens an essential crop. But progress is slow—and the stakes are high.
Millions of people are starving unnecessarily in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The world knows how to prevent drought-induced famine. So why doesn’t it?
Because of continuous armed conflict in Somalia, experts fear that conditions are likely to further deteriorate in the famine-stricken country.
Despite drought warnings in the Horn of Africa, the international community was unprepared for what some experts say was "inevitable."
The refugee crisis in Kenya is not new--it has developed and grown significantly since the eruption of Somalia's civil war in 1991.
The humanitarian crisis at the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya has recently attracted international attention, but some experts say it's "too little, too late."
NGO workers in Kenya, though grateful for the recent influx of aid dollars, are frustrated with the current state of chaos. They want to establish long-term development programs to avoid famines.
Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have fled their country to escape famine, but they are not finding significant improvement in living conditions when they arrive at the Dadaab complex.
The drought plaguing the horn of Africa has forced hundreds of thousands of Somalians to flee to Kenya where they have settled in makeshift camps near the Dadaab complex.
The international water shortage has created numerous challenges for populations in both rural and urban communities. In the slums of Nairobi, Kenya finding water and a solution falls disproportionately on women – especially young girls.
The risk posed by Ug99, a fungus that is deadly to the world's second largest crop, wheat, continues to rise on a global scale.