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Africa Needs Better Weather Warning Systems, Urge Experts

Young girls pull containers of water during a drought as they return to their huts from a well in the village of Lomoputh in northern Kenya on, May 12, 2022. Better climate-related research and early weather warning systems are needed as extreme weather — from cyclones to drought — continues to inflict the African continent, said the Sudanese billionaire and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, who heads up his own foundation. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
Young girls pull containers of water during a drought as they return to their huts from a well in the village of Lomoputh in northern Kenya on, May 12, 2022. Better climate-related research and early weather warning systems are needed as extreme weather — from cyclones to drought — continues to inflict the African continent, said the Sudanese billionaire and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, who heads up his own foundation. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)

Mombasa, Kenya (AP) -- Better climate-related research and early warning systems are needed as extreme weather — from cyclones to drought — continues to inflict the African continent, said Sudanese billionaire and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, who heads up his own foundation.

“We don’t have a voice on global climate discussions as we lack strong research capabilities," Ibrahim told The Associated Press. Ibrahim said that Africa must help “shape the agenda” at the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Egypt in November, known as COP27.