March 17, 2005
News for the Tigrinian farmers who only had about a third of their usual rain last year.
Shift of Time, Not Lack of Rain Cause of Drought: Expert
The Daily Monitor - Addis Ababa March 16, 2005 - It is the lack of time concept or shift of time and not lack of rain that is causing the recurrent drought in Ethiopia, a Professor from the University of Ferrara in Italy told The Daily Monitor. The shift of time, as explained by Professor Paolo Billi, forces the delay of the rains in the rainy season thereby misleading the farmers to plant the seeds and expecting the rainy season earlier. "Though late, the rain will come. After several studies it has been proven that there is no change in the amount of rainfall in Ethiopia. It is just a lack of time concept," Billi said.
Another story; another Italian expert. This is bound to be seen as a delaying tactic by campaigners over here. But these professors are right to worry. Apparently, more than 95 per cent of the archaeological sites in Axum are unexcavated, including a lot of tombs said to be hidden under the obelisk site. It would be a huge shame to re-erect one national treasure only to accidentally destroy another.
Safety First for Re-Erecting Axum Obelisk: Experts Warn
The Daily Monitor - Addis Ababa March 15 - Italian experts working on the return of the Axum Obelisk from Italy to its original place have come up with a new controversy saying it could be dangerous to re-erect the obelisk exactly where it was before being looted by Italy in 1973, though facing some stern disagreement from Ethiopian engineers.
You see a shockingly high number of blind, often very young, people on the streets of Ethiopia's main towns. I have done no research on this. But I have been told that many of the cases are easily preventable.
Over 2,000 people regain sight
Walta Information Centre - Jijjiga, March 15,2005 - The Karamara Ophthalmology Program said over 2,000 people in Somali state have regained their sight through eye operation conducted over the past eight months.
An interesting scheme which The Economist covered in December. "Famine insurance," it said "could offer more than a Band-Aid for the poorest."
Workshop discussing a "weather indexed insurance" approach for drought intervention
Ethiopian News Agency - Addis Ababa, 3/14/2005 - A one-and-a-half day workshop discussing a new approach to saving livelihoods through the concept of weather indexed insurance was opened here on Monday. The new approach is jointly initiated by the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank, with a view to implementing a timely intervention based on objective assessment of weather risks and ensuring the availability of funds.
Posted by aheavens at March 17, 2005 2:20 AM