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EBOLA, Critics warn Nigeria against complacency

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Giving a voice to the ‘missing’ women in India’s climate plans

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Women have the power to put India on the course to a green sustainable future, specifically, poor rural women working in the agriculture sector. India’s economy is predominately agrarian and increasingly female dominated. 80% of all economically-active women are employed by the agricultural sector. As men are migrating to urban areas for employment opportunities, partly as farming is now a more risky ...

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G8 rice plantation project meets Nigeria resistance

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Farmers in Nigeria’s north eastern state of Taraba are being forced off lands they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The Dominion Farms project forms part of the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa and the Nigerian government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda, which are ...

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Global campaigns make 2015 a significant year for sustainability

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On Thursday 16 January 2015, we saw the launch of action/2015 – a historic campaign and global movement calling for the eradication of extreme poverty and inequalities worldwide within a generation – held all over the world. Around the world people took to the streets in rallies and marches to demand action – including Liberia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Indonesia, Uganda, Belgium, El Salvador, Costa ...

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AU, NEPAD launch roadmap for agriculture growth

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The African Union Commission (AUC) and NEPAD Agency have launched the AU Implementation Strategy and Roadmap to achieve the 2014 Malabo Declaration, for agricultural growth and shared prosperity. The Strategy was launched Tuesday night at a high-level dinner on the fringes of the 24th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his statement to 300 senior officials, NEPAD Agency Chief Executive ...

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Report: Africa must embrace ‘wet markets’ as key to food security

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Studies find informal markets provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets Misguided efforts to control the alarming burden of food-related illnesses in low-income countries risk intensifying malnutrition and poverty – while doing little to improve food safety. Blunt crack-downs on informal milk and meat sellers that ...

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Global plastic production rises, recycling lags

Gaelle Gourmelon

New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends in global plastic production and recycling For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a four percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans ...

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World Bank supports Brazil climate-friendly projects with $400 million

Candido Bracher

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $400 million financing package for Banco Itaú Unibanco, one of the largest banks in Brazil, to support projects that will help mitigate the effects of climate change. With IFC’s support, Itaú will finance renewable energy, water treatment, and energy efficiency projects, along with other initiatives that ...

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Environmental issues we want on parties’ manifesto, by activists

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), OILWATCH and the Host Communities Network (HOCON) have asked Nigerians to reject political parties and aspirants to political offices who do not have the environment and strategies of reversing livelihoods loss on their agenda. In a release issued on Monday in Lagos, the groups said Nigerians must take their destinies in ...

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Unveiling Africa’s tallest towers

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Algiers edifice set to topple Johannesburg tower as global property portal, Lamudi, investigates sky-high buildings on the continent Towering 270m over the Algerian capital, the new Great Mosque of Algiers will be the tallest building in Africa once it is completed. Construction slated for completion this year. The new Great Mosque will surpass Africa’s current tallest building, the 223m Carlton ...

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