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Food security concerns as cocoyam disappears in Arochukwu


Cocoyam, a root crop, for many years served as a major source of revenue for rural women in the ancient town of Arochukwu in Abia State. But, of recent, the crop has disappeared, thus triggering off food insecurity concerns and threat to livelihood among the predominantly farming populace. Though a remote town, with access roads in a poor state, Arochukwu parades ...

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New COP21 president sets agenda to build Paris Agreement momentum


The new President of the UN climate change process, French Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Ségolène Royal, on Monday February 22, 2016 visited the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany and underlined the need for continued momentum to build on the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, which was reached in ...

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ERA/FoEN to Lagos: Budgetary allocation to water dreadfully low

Akinbode Oluwafemi

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the Lagos State Government to come up with a more realistic allocation to the water sector in the 2016 budget, noting that the current allocation to the sector appears inadequate towards ensuring equitable access to water by residents. According to government, budgetary allocation to water in 2016 is ...

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Nile Day: Region asked to focus on reversing climate change impacts


February 22nd is the annual day to celebrate the Nile River, an essential force of life for millions. In this celebration, 350.org called for the preservation and protection of the Nile in order to protect the lives of over 200 million people living in the basin that are increasingly threatened by desertification and other natural disasters aggravated by climate change. ...

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Shell declares force majeure on Forcados offtake programme

Ineffective clean up

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has declared force majeure on Forcados liftings effective 1500hrs (Nigerian time) February 21 2016, following the disruption in production caused by the spill on the Forcados Terminal subsea crude export pipeline. The firm disclosed in a statement on Monday that it is intensifying efforts on containment and oil recovery from the ...

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UN urged to cut ties with Kenya oil producer over land-grab

Helen Clark

Lake Victoria farmers cite Bidco land-grabbing, environmental destruction and human rights violations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania The Bugala Farmers Association in Uganda has called on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to sever its ties with Bidco Africa, a Kenya-based edible oil producer accused of land-grabbing, human rights violations and environmental disasters in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Over 100 farmers ...

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UNCCD: Long-term solutions needed to curb disasters

Monique Barbut

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is seeking long-term solutions to disasters such as drought and floods that are affecting communities all over the world. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, who made the submission recently when announcing the plans for this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification, noted that the droughts and floods beating down on ...

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How Shell crude oil spill impacts Forcados communities

Ministers of Environment on the scene

February 14, 2016 was celebrated as Lover’s Day across the world but, in parts of the creeks of the Niger Delta, it turned out to be a tragic day. While lovers dressed with a touch of red, Forcados communities were braced for the unknown with the threat of having their water ways coated with crude oil rose by the hour. On ...

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Stakeholders examine sustainable urban development at Abuja Habitat III

Kabir Yari

Population growth rates in Africa are projected to double the continent’s population from one billion in 2010 to two billion in 2040. This growth is also accompanied by an accelerated transition from rural to urban population majorities, which observers believe constitutes the most important challenge and opportunity presented to Africa’s nations. The population of urban dwellers is expected to increase ...

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Diamphwe River provides lifeline for Malawian farmers


He was poverty stricken. Stubborn to take elders’ counsel. Failed to feed his family. Lived hopelessly. Believed in stealing, alcoholism and trouble making, characters that are not in line with the Christian values, those Jesus preached. His children and family could not appreciate family love. They failed to make ends. Often times, thronged their parents-in-law for food, clothes and financial ...

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