Niger, although prone to flooding, is one of the countries in the world most subject to long droughts which disrupt the development of crops and pastures. This year, jihadist violence having also prevented many farmers from cultivating their fields, around 20% of the population of Niger – more than 4.4 million people – are in food insecurity deemed “severe”. At the child level, the emergency threshold for acute malnutrition of 10% set by the World Health Organization (WHO) could be far exceeded…
Demiurges in place of God
For this traditionally insufficient annual rainfall, some have an explanation that they consider unanswerable: young girls wear skirts so short that they outrage the Almighty. Outraged, the latter would close the floodgates of heaven as a form of penance. Aridity linked to climate change or divine sulking? The most proactive decision makers try to be demiurges in place of God…
Floods, droughts, rising waters… What the IPCC report says about Africa
So how to be a demiurge in place of God? If the mystical Sahelian tradition claims to know how to “tie up the rain”, it is a well-known technology that is used to “untie” it. For years, countries in the region have been talking about and carrying out, intermittently, programs commonly referred to as “seeding” or even “bombing” cumulus clouds. The rains are caused by the introduction into the clouds, using an airplane, of chemicals: a mixture of silver, sodium and acetone. And it was this Thursday, August 25 that the Nigerien meteorological services announced that they had started the procedure a few weeks ago. A operation which should be completed by the end of September. At the end of the rainy season, there are not enough potbellied clouds in which to dump the contents…
Drought in Africa: why the World Water Forum must lead to radical decisions
If the technique of provoking rains is, of course, very exciting in the perspective of a food crisis, it cannot replace a fundamental reflection on global warming, a reflection that can be carried out by an Africa which always wishes to be represented, in a permanent way, at the United Nations Security Council. An Africa whose agriculture only emits 10% of the global greenhouse gases of the agricultural sector, while it is particularly confronted with heat.
Between floods and drought: dear cursed rain
Another reservation to this “cloud seeding” burns the lips: do we not artificially cause rain to fall on Niger, which would have naturally flowed into a neighboring country? As the water war simmers on the Blue Nile, between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, won’t a country like Mali accuse Niger of being a thief of rain ?