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Media and Balance in Covering Climate Change
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Cornish Nov 1, 2009.

Journalism in Rural Areas in Africa: Exploring the Margin
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What do you do?
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Yokohama, Japan
Fields of interest
agriculture, health, water, energy, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, poverty reduction, biotechnology, policy
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Presently, I am a JSPS-UNU Postdotoral Fellow working on Climate Change Adatpation issues in Kenya and Africa more broadly.

Climate change is expected to present new combination of risks and potentially dire consequences. This is particularly true in Africa. As an Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholar, I am interested in understanding the kinds of climate information that are being generated; and the kinds of technologies, organization and expertise that will be needed if new forms of climate information are to benefit vulnerable populations in the developing countries and elsewhere.

Natural Resourses Managemnet at a Crossroad

Agricultural dependent communities are particularly vulnerable to climate variation and change as pressure on natural resources mounts. In the face of global warming, food insecurity, environmental degradation and other sustainable development challenges, there is an urgent need for the national and international communities to strengthen local and national institutional capacity for the effective implementation of sustainable development.

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Expertise and Climate Information

The central question is "How do we effectively get

information (on seasonal weather forecasts, agriculture, markets etc.)

to small scale farmers most of who do not have the opportunity to read

the newspapers/newsletters, listen to the radio, watch television

broadcasts or access to the internet? Second, what kinds of

'communicative ecologies’, communication technologies, and organization

will be required to draw connections between the different…

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 3:58 — 10 Comments

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At 8:04 on April 22, 2009, DANIEL AKOKO said…
Madam Marie, I couldn't agree more. Politics and governance seem to throw a retrogressive spanner into efforts at controlled resource utilization, environmental conservation and climate change mitigation programmes. I am following up on a World Bank criticism of how a programme sponsored to mitigate climate variability and change in Western Kenya had not achieved much, in view of the targets that had been set. These challenges are indeed daunting. Thanks for your response.
At 11:02 on April 19, 2009, DANIEL AKOKO said…
Dear Marie

I am impressed by the pertinent issues you have raised concerning climate change, mitigation and adaptation by local African communities. I got to know you at the Nairobi Climate Conference in 2006. You did a great presentation touching on the devastation of arable land by the vagaries of climate change, especially in Nyando District. I challenge you to interrogate the effectiveness of programmes that government and researchers have since then implemented to mitigate the effects of climate change in the area. I look forward to
At 13:27 on January 30, 2009, AMWATA Dorothy said…
thanks so much, iam also on gmail: I will invite you to the gmail chat when you have time, we can interact. I will really be interested in the fellowships. i will get more details when you get online
At 13:02 on January 30, 2009, AMWATA Dorothy said…
Thanks for getting in touch! adhi maber somo oteri mabor manadeno? to mano ber, at least women can also support sustainable development worldwide. equally you can reach me on +216 24286086. I am also on skype, we could call and talk to each other without cost implication. Thanks and have a blessed day!
At 12:32 on January 30, 2009, AMWATA Dorothy said…
Hi Marie,
I would really wish to link up with you!
At 4:40 on January 15, 2009, Murugi Murekio said…
Hi Marie
I am back in Kenya now. No longer in Ethiopia.
At 18:34 on November 12, 2007, Marie Rarieya said…
Hi MaryAnn:

Yes, I am interested in health issues in the continent such the impacts of HIV/AIDS and malaria on labor productivity, particularly in the agricultural sector. In 2003, I conducted a field research on the impacts of HIV/AIDS on agricultural productivity in Kenya in 2003. These results have since been published.


At 10:50 on November 12, 2007, MaryAnn Francis said…
Hi Marie

Do you have any interest in Health issues on the continent?

At 17:47 on July 22, 2007, James Ololo said…
Hello Marie,
You just asked me a million dollar question but I will try to answer. First and foremost, we need to build a strong social structure and this I believe is the first step to any tangible development. The social structure means Identity cards should be used more structurally and not just for police control and elections as in the case of Kenya. The ID card must give its owner a sense of belonging to a greater group. Once this is successfully done, you will see that teachers and students will belong to the classrooms while doctors and nurses will belong to the hospitals. Farmers will belong to farms and roads must belong to road engineers. But giving the ID card a new meaning is the first step to a respectable and civilized community.
At 8:12 on June 28, 2007, Do Hong Hanh said…
Dear Marie, Thanks for your invitation. Nice to know you. My interests are gender issues and globalisation. Hopefully we can share further information.
Wish you success ad hapiness! :)


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