Rising Temperatures Pushing Africans Into Poverty, Hunger

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report detailing progress and pathways to liming global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Responding to the report, Mr. Apollos Nwafor, Pan Africa Director of Oxfam International said Climate change has set the african planet on fire and already millions are feeling the impacts.

“The IPCC just showed that things can get much worse. Settling for 2 degrees would be a death sentence for people in many parts of Africa. The faster governments embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods that will be spared.

"A hotter Africa is a hungrier Africa. Today at only 1.1 degrees of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region are being hit and hunger is rising, [i] with poor small scale women farmers, living in rural areas suffering the most. It only gets worse from here.

"To do nothing more and simply follow the commitments made in the Paris Agreement condemns the world to 3 degrees of warming. The damage to our planet and humanity would be exponentially worse and irreparable.

"None of this is inevitable. What gives us hope is that some of the poorest and lowest emitting countries are now leading the climate fight. We've moved from an era of 'you first' to 'follow me' - it's time for the rich world to do just that.

"Oxfam calls for increased, responsible and accountable climate finance from rich countries that supports small scale farmers, especially women to realize their right to food security and climate justice.

"While time is short, there is still a chance of keeping to 1.5 degrees of warming. We must reject any false solution like Large Scale Land Based Investments that means kicking small scale farmers off their land to make way for carbon farming and focus instead on stopping our use of fossil fuels, starting with an end to building new coal power stations worldwide."

Climate impacts in Africa:

Natural disasters such as droughts and floods have been thwarting development in the African continent. Fluctuations in agricultural production due to climate variations along with inefficient agricultural systems cause food insecurity, one of the most obvious indicators of poverty.  

The 2016 El Niño phenomenon, which was super charged by the effects of climate change, crippled rain-fed agricultural production and left over 40 million people foods insecure in Africa. Without urgent action to reduce global emissions, the occurrence of climate shocks and stresses in the Africa region are expected to get much worse.


5 Reasons Uganda Is Really The Pearl Of Africa

By Caroline Ampaire

Ugandans this week celebrated the country’s Independence countrywide with pride. Many people from other parts of the world love it when they visit the famous Pearl of Africa. Below travel agency Jumia names five reasons why Uganda is loved. Read on.   

  1. The people - Uganda is famous for its people. In 2017, a survey by BBC among expatriates ranked Uganda as the friendliest place. Words like “welcoming” and “easy to make friends” and “hospitable” are readily used when referring to Ugandans.

Uganda is also blessed with diversity. There are an estimated 52 tribes residing in Uganda, each with their own customs that are still practiced to this day.  And with numerous lingual influences, it is no wonder that we have developed Uglish (Ugandan English), our own version of English. Uglish has since been put into a dictionary. 

  1. The food - Ugandan cuisine consists of traditional and modern cooking styles, practices, foods, and dishes in Uganda, with English, Arab, and Asian (especially Indian) influences. There is something for everyone, no matter what you like and no matter the budget. Distinctly Ugandan food like rolex and katogo are readily available on the street and in restaurants. 
  1. The party - If you have spent any amount of time here, then it is no surprise that this is number 3. Ugandans love a good party. There is no shortage of “plot” both in the day and night--be it a music festival, a house party, a food expo, silent disco or drinks at the local bar. You can party till morning and in the comfort of your home too. The best part, you can have foodand alcohol delivered to your doorstep by Jumia. 
  1. The land and wildlife - on top of the people, Uganda is blessed with beautiful lands and scenery. From the highlands of Kigezi to the flat plains of Karamoja, one word ties it all together, beautiful. And the best part is, it’s not too costly to travel around. With initiatives like UG Travelmonth, aimed at encouraging local tourism, there’s a package for everyone. Some of the most popular things to do are gorilla trekking -- the critically endangered mountain gorilla thrives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Park, and of the 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world, Uganda is home to at least 400 of these.

Other gems include water sports like rafting and kayaking, along the Nile.

Did you know that about one-quarter of Uganda’s surface is made up of lakes and rivers?! 

  1. The cost of living - With everything Uganda has to offer, it is a very affordable country to live in. According to living index website numbeo.com, consumer prices in Uganda are 24.21% lower than in Kenya, yet in Rwanda, they are 10.25% higher than in Uganda. 

With all this said, go forth and celebrate the independence of the Pearl of Africa.

<<Image: visituganda.com>>




Speke Resort Wins Global Luxury Hotel Award

Speke Resort Munyonyo recently announced they had received recognition from The World Luxury Hotel Awards. “We are pleased to announce that we are 2018 Winners at the recently concluded World Luxury Awards! Thanks to all those who voted and the unending support,” Speke Resort wrote on their social media pages.

Greg Petzer, General Manager, Speke Resort Munyonyo, when contacted said they have received communication from The World Luxury Hotel Awards. They now wait for the awards ceremonial night which happen on 10, November at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are voted for by the public and are awarded to luxury hotels or hospitality groups across 99 different categories, presented on a regional, continental, global and country basis, with one hotel receiving the overall global accolade.

World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

Jumia, Amadeus Launch First Flight Marketplace In Africa

In commemoration of World Tourism Day 2018, Jumia is at it again in the expansion of its Flights services, this time in partnership with Amadeus, a leading travel technology company. The partnership is the base for a new flights marketplace on Jumia, that will be a step further towards making travel in Africa simple and affordable.

The platform aims at enabling travel agents, airlines, and travel websites to bring all flight content online, to offer customers the best available prices for their flights. Current statistics indicate that 90% of the flight market is still offline while only 10% exists online. This comes in the wake of increased flight bookings on Jumia’s flights portal, with explosive growth of 400% between July 2017 and July 2018.

“Jumia is continuously investing significantly in developing innovative products for travellers and flight content providers that will enable them to revolutionize their operations and increase revenue,” says Neville Igasira Iguundura, Jumia’s Chief Marketing Officer. 

“We understand the market and address its needs. A competitive platform will harmonize all content providers to offer low rates and fees in a bid to meet an increasing traveler demand for unbeatable services at the lowest price,” he adds.


The marketplace will also provide analytical information that flight ticket providers can use to identify new opportunities, routes and help them tailor make packages for their flight target customers.

We are delighted to be working with Jumia to deliver the online choice and marketplace experience that travelers love. Air travel is booming globally, with growth among passengers in Africa projected to outstrip that of every other region by 2035,” commented Francesca Benati, Executive Vice President for Online Travel in Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, Travel Channels, Amadeus.

Mrs Benati added, “To meet this growing demand, Jumia has selected Amadeus ePower delivered via Web Services, which offers a mobile and tablet-friendly online booking experience. It is designed to help consumers find the best deals faster, thanks to our market leading shopping and booking technology. I am excited about this winning partnership which will benefit travelers throughout Africa.”

Jumia benchmarks its competitive prices against the largest competitors daily. Between August and the first half of September, 341 routes have been benchmarked with a clear win over its online competitors. Moreover, 48% of those benchmarks, Jumia has the Best Available Rate (BAR) for the cheapest and direct flight recommendations.

Jumia considers a route benchmark as BAR, only when its price is cheaper than other competitors with more than 60% on the benchmarks hits.

Jumia Flights Marketplace is already the prefered sales channel for many Flight content providers and the prefered buying channel for many travelers on key routes. Currently, Africa’s aviation industry supports 6.8 million jobs and USD72.5 billion in economic activity.

Partners Launch Human-Wildlife Conflict Resilience Fund

The Jane Good All Institute (JGI) in conjunction with Uganda Biodiversity Fund has launched the Human-Wildlife Conflict Resilience Fund to help the people neighbouring Kasongoire forest reserve in Budongo Sub-county, Masindi District to co-exist with chimpanzees.

The organisation has given out Sh10m to the residents under thier umbrella Kasongoire Community Development Association (KACODA)-an organisation that was formed by JGI to help sensitise the public about human-wildlife conflict.

Addressing the gathering at Kasongoire primary school, the chairperson of Uganda Biodiversity Fund, Asher Mugisa said the project is intended to enhance resilience to community losses from wildlife incursion through development and implementation of community led compensation scheme.

The KACODA chairperson, Henry Balemesa, noted that before the intervention of JGI, there was no harmony between the human beings and the chimpanzees because they didn’t know how to go about them.

He said out of the seven chimpanzee attacks residents experienced, two people died and seven survived with injuries. He added that they have now resorted on growing crops which are not palatable to the chimpanzees like red pepper, sun flower, soya bean and onions among others such that they can earn a living.

Justus Tusabire, who represented the Executive director Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)  noted that human wildlife conflict is on the rise because  the habitants for chimpanzees have been destroyed.

Discover Uganda Through The Different Varieties Of Food

Several million miles away from home and you are wondering what to eat. When you travel to a different continent, you don’t only deal with the change in weather, culture and lifestyle. You also have to adapt to the local food. 

Jumia, Africa’s leading online food delivery service looks at a couple of Uganda’s delicious foods: 

  1. Rolex - To prepare Uganda’s most popular street food, a chapati is made of whole wheat flour salt and water mixed into dough and then flattened. An omelette is then made to your preference and wrapped in the chapati. This snack can be found around almost every street corner and is known for being affordable, delicious and filling. 
  1. Matooke - This a starchy variety of banana that is typically boiled then mashed and is accompanied with a protein of some kind, matooke is popular in the central and western regions. 
  1. Katogo - Katogois a dish of boiled/ fried plantain with either beef, beans, groundnut sauce or offals served with traditional vegetables. It is traditionally a breakfast dish though it can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Though considered unconventional to the rest of the world, a heavy breakfast like this is popular in Uganda and is a great hangover remedy just in case you’ve been exploring the nightlife. 
  1. Groundnut sauce - This is a creamy paste made from sweet red peanuts and is typically served with a carbohydrate like matooke or sweet potatoes. Smoked fish can be added for an elevated experience. When you’re in Uganda, there is no buffet that doesn’t include this delicious sauce and with good reason! 
  1. Luwombo - This dish can be prepared with beef, chicken, groundnuts, smoked fish or goat. This Ugandan special meal is one of great heritage and tradition and cooking it in banana leaf is actually what gives this dish that unique taste. It is served over matooke, rice, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. 

If you are the kind of person who likes to snap your fingers and make things happen or are generally too lazy to cook on weekends for example, then just head to Jumia and with one click, these options will be available for you.

Little Hands Go Green Goes To San Francisco Climate Change March

Climate change is increasingly becoming a hot topic globally and has brought together all nations to find a long lasting solution to the impending catastrophe.

In Uganda, Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green is leading the charge by initiating a number of projects that teach children how to preserve the environment as a measure of mitigating climate change.

This has worked just fine, as the organization has manged to organize a number of environmental events and inspired a multitude of children and parents to embrace the idea of preserving the environment.

And recently the CEO of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green was in San Francisco, United States of America, joining the reset of the world, participating in this years Rise For Climate March.

While in San Francisco, Joseph Masembe and thousands of activists marched from the Embarcadero to Civic Center to take a stand against climate change.

The march came days before world leaders, researchers and activists arrive in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, organized by the UN and Governor Jerry Brown.

The Global Climate Action Summit will start on 13th September with a two-day program of invitation-only events, report launches and climate commitment announcements aimed at “Taking Ambition to the Next Level.”

It will end with a Call to Global Climate Action and the Summit outcomes on Sept. 14, asking national governments to raise their ambition by 2020 and looking forward to the UN secretary-general’s leaders’ Summit happening in New York in September 2019.

Throughout its program, the Global Climate Action Summit will bring together state and local governments, businesses, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.

The Summit’s five headline challenge areas are Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship, and Transformative Climate Investments.

Kingdom Kampala Ready, Local Retailers To Get Three Months

Kingdom Kampala, a modern shopping centre, located between Nile Avenue and Dewinton Road is ready for renting and the proprietors of the multi million dollar building, Crane Management Services, have a juicy offer for local retailers will get three rent-free months.  

Crane Management Services (CMS), in 2016, entered into a joint venture with Kingdom Hotel and Abland Africa, a South African firm, to build a modern complex at the former Shimoni Primary School land.

And now, two year’s later, CMS, a real estate company owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has completed the first phase of the complex. CMS says the building even in its first phase is ‘bound to cause seismic changes in the Kampala business stratosphere’.

“The fact that we are strategically located in Kampala business centre; blare, car horns and sirens can get pretty disturbing. For this, we have infused our windows and doors with sound proof double glassing so you can carry on with business in your lavish office space in peace. Brace your selves for Kingdom Kampala,” CMS said in a recent social media post.

In an interview with SpyUganda, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia said Kingdom Kampala is going to be a one stop centre complex where a customer comes and finds about 98% on their shopping list in one place, with ample parking space, adequate security to people and property and eating places.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the director of CMS in a January interview with ChimpLyf said the buildings valued at $300M. He said it would house a shopping mall accommodating local traders and international firms. He revealed the complex would house a 200 bedroom 4 -star hotel, 40,000 square meter office space and a 16,000 square meter rentable space. 

“As the real estate arm of the Ruparelia Group, CMS recognizes the unique needs of all our clients and aim to provide the highest standard of services. the sole purpose of providing a lasting real estate solution like this new proposed structure aims at making all stakeholders happy through providing quality commercial, official, and residential apartments," Rajiv Ruparelia told the local news site.

Dr Sudhir Ruparelia took over from Saudi Prince Ali Waheed who was supposed to build a hotel to host guests during the Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007 but the hotel was never built. After year’s of the project stalling, the contacted Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.

“We were contacted by management of Kingdom Hotel as people who have experience in real estate management to get on board to develop and manage this asset. Another experienced South African firm, Abland was also brought on board but we are in charge. In the next two-and-half years, we will have finished this structure,” Rajiv Ruparelia said in 2016 after cementing the deal.

La Cabana Restaurant Wins Signature Dining Award

La Cabana Restaurant, located at Speke Apartments, Wampewo Avenue, emerged winner at 4th Kampala Restaurant Week Awards Ceremony, taking home the coveted Signature Dining Restaurant Award, fending off competition from 18 other luxurious city restaurants and hotels.

“We would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who tried our dishes during #KlaRestaurantWeek as well as those who participated in the voting,” La Cabana Restaurant posted on their social media pages following the Tuesday triumph.

La Cabana Restaurant is Kampala’s premium and ritzy Brazilian churrasco grill restaurant in Uganda. Kampala Restaurant Week is the biggest foods and beverages event where restaurants and hotels showcase their food artistry.

Olives Restaurant won the Top Casual Dining Award and  Best Innovation Award, Karveli Restaurant Kampala win the Outstanding Service Award while Agaba Tumusiime won the cook off competition at the Awards Ceremony.

Four PR Firms To Be Hired To Market Uganda In China, Japan, Gulf States, India

Uganda will hire four companies to market her tourism potential in China, Japan and the Gulf States of Oman, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Stephen Asiimwe, the chief executive officer of Uganda Tourism Board, recently told a sector meeting in Kampala. He also revealed that they are talking to India to have a marketing firm present in the India subcontinent.  

In 2016, Uganda hired three PR firms to market Uganda’s profile abroad. The hired firms are HG Consulting for the North America market, Kamageo for the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland and KPRN for the Germany, Austrila and Switzerland.

At the time, Asiimwe said that the agencies were required to raise the profile of Uganda as a preferred tourism destination, increase inbound numbers of travelers and tourists to Uganda and promote investment opportunities in Uganda's tourism sector. The program was  funded under the World Bank’s Competiveness and Enterprises Development Project (CEDP).

This endeavor has paid off, according to Asiimwe, because the country has seen a 25 percent growth. “In last two years our tourism numbers have gone up by 25 percent and this is a result of aggressive marketing promotion that we have started,”

“We hired three marketing companies; one in North America to service the United States and Canada, another to market us in United Kingdom and Ireland and another to market us in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.Overnight, we have seen a 25 percent growth especially in areas that we can measure in wildlife areas,”

“The other good news is that we are going to hire other three companies. One for China, one for Japan and another for the Gulf States (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) and the numbers are continuing to grow. We are talking to India to have a presence in that market,”

Asiimwe was speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Victoria University and hospitality-industry-leader, Speke Group of Hotels on July 17th, 2018 at Speke Apartments.

He praised the MoU and partnership noting that Victoria University and Speke Group of Hotels have understood the philosophy and the future is bright for them. He promised the two organization government and Uganda Tourism Board’s support.

Under the MoU, signed under the theme: ‘strengthening the hospitality industry in east africa', Victoria University will begin offering in-depth research oriented value addition to the hospitality and leisure industry in East Africa while Speke Group of Hotels will provide practical space upon which Victoria University students will easily and seamlessly gain industrial insights that could eventually result into soft skills and employment opportunity as well.

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