Latest Sahel Stories

2010-05-30 09:05:00

The Gadabeji Reserve's grass is paltry after a drought killed off last year's crops, leaving cattle too weak to stand and too skinny to sell.

2009-08-25 14:50:00

Scientists said today at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry that a type of acacia tree with an unusual growth habit-unlike virtually all other trees-holds particular promise for farmers in Africa as a free source of nitrogen for their soils that could last generations.

2009-04-17 07:15:00

The kinds of devastating droughts that claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in Africa’s Sahel region in the 1960’s and 70’s may represent a normal natural occurrence rather than an anomaly, according to new research.

2009-01-19 13:49:59

Scientists say satellite imagery from the European Space Agency is helping find water in Nigeria's arid Sahel region. The Water Resources Assessment program identifies underground water sources that could be tapped to help local farmers collect, store and improve water capacity for livestock and crops,

2009-01-19 09:15:00

As part of ESA’s TIGER initiative, satellite data are being used to identify underground water resources in the drought-prone country.

2006-02-10 11:53:10

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - U.S. Special Forces are teaching Malian soldiers how to fight terrorism in the country's northern desert, a region potentially rich in oil but seen by U.S. military officials as a sanctuary for Islamic militants.

2005-12-09 11:15:00

Signs a three-decade long drought in Africa's arid Sahel belt may be ending could herald an increase in hurricanes battering the eastern seaboard of the United States, a leading climatologist in West Africa said.

2005-10-17 08:57:22

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rainfall over parts of Africa's Sahel appears to be rising but its greening could prove a mixed blessing if the population surges as a result and drought follows, a leading ecologist said on Monday.

2005-07-22 07:55:16

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - On a continent where a man's worth is often measured by his cattle, rivalry for the beasts and the degraded land they graze on is sparking lethal conflicts across Africa.

2005-05-10 15:09:55

Medical researchers are using satellites to track massive dust storms blowing across Africa's Sahel belt. The aim is to learn more about lethal meningitis epidemics that often follow in the dust's wake.

Latest Sahel Reference Libraries

Red-fronted Gazelle, Eudorcas rufifrons
2012-05-23 13:53:20

The red-fronted gazelle (Eudorcas rufifrons) can be found mainly in the Sahel zone in the south Sahara desert. Its range is unevenly distributed across mid Africa, through Senegal to northeastern Ethiopia. It prefers habitats in wooded savannahs, arid grasslands, and steppes where shrub cover is abundant. There are currently five recognized subspecies of the red-fronted gazelle. Although it is not listed as a subspecies, one authority considers the Thomson’s gazelle to be a sixth...

African Grass Rat, Arvicanthis niloticus
2012-05-16 12:13:39

The African grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus) can be found in the sudano-zambesian Savanna belt and the Sahel. Its range includes Benin, Burundi, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Kenya, Gambia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, and many other areas. It can also be found in Egypt, Yemen, and Algeria. This rat will live in dry, savannah areas as well as subtropical and tropical areas like, arable land, pasturelands, irrigated land, urban areas, and rural gardens....

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