Climate Change and the Environment

Contesting compensation in Uganda’s Apaa land conflict

When Acholi farmers from Uganda’s Apaa region occupied a UN compound, they drew attention to a long-term conflict in which the community faced violent evictions from their ancestral homeland. While President Museveni’s new compensation schemes may seem like a viable fix they could, ultimately, exacerbate the region’s conflicts over land.

In recent years, rural communities throughout Africa have increasingly found […]

What is the bushmeat crisis and why should we care?

Thibaut Vandervelden discusses how the growing appeal of bushmeat is destroying the second most biodiverse forest in the world.

Over a period of 12,000 years, humans have gone from living in a lush and verdant “garden of eden” to the advent of technological changes which has led to negative, as well as positive impact on our planet When the […]

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    As Southern Africa faces new urban drought challenges, who is heeding the wake-up call?

As Southern Africa faces new urban drought challenges, who is heeding the wake-up call?

As experts forecast the likelihood of El Nino in southern Africa over the next few months, Kate Gannon, Patrick Curran and Declan Conway examine the impact of drought-related water and electricity supply disruption on businesses in southern Africa during the 2015/16 El Niño.

The climatic events in southern Africa that followed the El Niño of 2015/16 – one of the strongest El Niño […]

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    What crop theft in northern Uganda tells us about relations between investors and communities

What crop theft in northern Uganda tells us about relations between investors and communities

In the Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda, commercial farmers are experiencing an increasing theft of maize. Arthur Owor and Carolin Dieterle explore the underlying reasons for this and draw attention to the need for more meaningful collaboration between investors and host communities.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

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    How businesses in sub-Saharan Africa are adapting to climate change

How businesses in sub-Saharan Africa are adapting to climate change

Small firms that have faced repeated exposure to extreme climate events are more likely to develop adaptation responses, write Florence Crick and Shaikh Eskander.

 

Climate change poses increasing risks to economic growth and development across the world and particularly in developing countries. A critical issue is the extent to which private actors, and especially businesses, are able to adapt to […]

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    Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

As hydropower power generation continues to grow on the African continent, Declan Conway highlights some of the risks involved in over-reliance on hydropower and how they can be combatted effectively.

 

Malawi’s state owned electricity company said in December 2017 that power output had plummeted after a severe drought. Malawi relies heavily on hydropower. Generation reportedly dropped by half when water levels in […]

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    Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

John Mwangi Githigaro says this book is a must-read for scholars interested in environmental politics and the politics of natural resources governance in Africa.

This book broadens existing scholarly debates on the political economy of Democratic Republic of Congo’s natural resources. The book is timely in helping to unravel the changing trends in resource governance post-2001. The book demonstrates the […]

Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks in Benin

Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks is affected by their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. One must parse these components before designing policies for climate resilience, says Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon. Agro-ecological factors are especially important, as their variation means that households with low adaptive capacity do not necessarily have high exposure or sensitivity to climate shocks.

Climate change and variability […]

Book Review: Cotton by Adam Sneyd

In Cotton, Adam Sneyd brings the reality of international trade into focus through tracing the local and global politics behind the circulation of one of the most everyday of materials: cotton. This is a vividly told, interrogative read that establishes its author as a leading expert on the politics of commodities and development, finds Dr Milasoa Chérel-Robson.
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    Leapfrogging 101: Catalysing innovation for green industrialisation – Ethiopia’s bold ambition

Leapfrogging 101: Catalysing innovation for green industrialisation – Ethiopia’s bold ambition

Jeremy Wakeford discusses how green innovation holds the key to sustainable industrial transformation.

 

The Federal Government of Ethiopia aspires to transform the country into a middle-income economy within the coming decade. To achieve this goal, the government has adopted two successive five-year Growth and Transformation Plans (GTPs), which are focused on industrial transformation.

At the same time, though, the authorities are […]

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