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  • Court Returns Leased Land to Sierra Leone Community

    A community  in Sierra Leone is  hopeful  that a court ruling which ordered an international palm oil company to return a big block of land to its owners  would be a source of empowerment for them to retake control of their land and resources.

    In the course of the case the court discovered that the land in Port Loko district, northern Sierra Leone, was leased to a Singapore-based palm oil company, Siva Group, in 2011, but  for three years it failed to fulfill its rent obligations to  landowners.

    In its judgment the court ordered the return of the 41,500 hectares (103,000 acres)to the community and a imposed  $250,000 fine.

     Lawyers for the case disclosed that this was the first time in the  history of Sierra Leone that a community would  win back land leased to a foreign company.

  • Prices of Chicken Soar in Tanzania

    The prices of Chicken has gone up in Dar es Salaam Tanzania as a result of its shortage.

    At Chicken markets such as Kisutu, Tegeta, Ilala and Shekilango prices of Chicken was increased by almost 40 per cent in the last three months.

    The retail prices for chickens  is now  Sh7,000 and Sh8,000 up from an average of Sh6,000, this is however dependent on the weight of the chicken,while wholesale prices have also risen to an average of Sh7,500 per chicken from Sh5,500.

  • Families in East Africa Contend with High Cost of Food Prices

    Families in East Africa will for sometime contend with high food prices as a result of flooding, pests and diseases.

    This is contained in the  monthly update by the Food Security Working Group on the Greater Horn.  

    The update disclosed that families  in Rwanda, Karamoja of Uganda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan which  depend on markets for food, will have to put up with the soaring prices of foodstuffs.

    "Above average staple food prices will continue eroding the purchasing power of poor market-dependent households in Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan, which are heading into a lean season," the report stated.

    The past week maize traded at $402.14 per tonne in Kisumu, Kenya, $319 in Ruhuha, Rwanda and $ 271.02 in Kabale town, Uganda.

    However, in the last six months  a tonne of maize traded at $540.28 in Ruhuha, $279.38 in Uganda and $443.04 in Nairobi. In Burundi, only 60 per cent of households have food.

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  • Families in East Africa Contend with High Cost of Food Prices

    Families in East Africa will for sometime contend with high food prices as a result of flooding, pests and diseases.

    This is contained in the  monthly update by the Food Security Working Group on the Greater Horn.  

    The update disclosed that families  in Rwanda, Karamoja of Uganda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan which  depend on markets for food, will have to put up with the soaring prices of foodstuffs.

    "Above average staple food prices will continue eroding the purchasing power of poor market-dependent households in Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan, which are heading into a lean season," the report stated.

    The past week maize traded at $402.14 per tonne in Kisumu, Kenya, $319 in Ruhuha, Rwanda and $ 271.02 in Kabale town, Uganda.

    However, in the last six months  a tonne of maize traded at $540.28 in Ruhuha, $279.38 in Uganda and $443.04 in Nairobi. In Burundi, only 60 per cent of households have food.