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Monthly Archives: July 2016

What race to end malnutrition requires, by WaterAid

The race to end malnutrition requires clean water, good sanitation and good hygiene, WaterAid said in a statement on Tuesday, calling for action as world leaders meet in Rio to open the Olympic Games. WaterAid’s new report, “Caught Short”, looks at stunting from malnutrition around the world and the links to low rates of access to clean water and good ...

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Universal capital fuelling African property markets


Despite Africa’s slowdown, property developers and private equity funds continue to pour investment into the continent, but with more focused strategies, industry practitioners have said. “Over $1,2 billion has been raised and allocated to real estate investment in Africa over the past year and we expect this trend to continue,” said Kfir Rusin, General Manager of the upcoming Africa Property ...

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High hopes for HFCs phasedown as Vienna talks close


Civil society organisations have welcome the progress made at the international negotiations for phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which ended on a high at the weekend in Vienna, Austria, where countries reaffirmed their commitments and sent what looked like a strong signal that climate action is a priority following the signing of the Paris Agreement. An agreement to amend the Montreal ...

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Nigeria restates commitment to providing regular, potable water by 2030

Suleiman Adamu

Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has restated the Federal Governments’ commitment towards increasing access to potable water for all Nigerians by 2030. Adamu said this on the sidelines of the just concluded sixth Africa Water Week in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He said that without universal access to safe water and sanitation, poverty and inequality cannot be eradicated ...

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Stakeholders explore avenues to resolve Benue farmers, herdsmen rift

Fulani herdsmen

Besides the branding of cows to avoid incidences of rustling, a gathering of civil society players has also demanded for the fast-tracking of the enactment of the legislation against open grazing of livestock in Benue State. These ideas formed part of a series of recommendations arrived at last Tuesday after a daylong Dialogue On Peace-Building between indigenous farmers and insurgent ...

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How water strategy transformed Nile Basin riparian communities

Nzoia River within the Nile Basin

A conceptual structure agreed upon by Nile Basin riparian countries for organising policies, strategies and guidelines for sustainable management and development of the Nile River Basin some five years ago has enabled speedy development within the basin region. Talking to members of the Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change (PAMACC) at the sixth session of the Africa Water Week ...

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New Dar es Salaam roadmap targets water security, sanitation


Activities at the expansive Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam hit a crescendo on Sunday (24 July, 2016) as over 30 African water ministers and high-level delegations from 53 African nations adopted a roadmap aimed at achieving sustainable and universal access to safe water and sanitation all over the continent. The adoption of the roadmap titled “The Dar ...

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Kaduna communities get 280 UNICEF hand pumps


A Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) specialist in Kaduna State, Mrs Theresa Pamma, has said 280 hand pump boreholes were constructed and 16 others rehabilitated under Phase I of Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN I) project in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State in Nigeria. The communities are in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau LGAs of the ...

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Shrinking Kenya rivers endanger Tionosoyiet Wetland in Kericho


Mzee Richard Kemei has been drinking clean water drawn from the nearby river of “Kipkororiet” since he was a young man over 50 years ago. The now elderly Kemei says his late mother Mrs. Priscila Sigilai and other women drawn from the nearby village of Keongo in Kapkugerwet ward in Ainamoi have been using the water from Kipkororiet River for ...

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Why monkeys with smaller testicles scream louder, by study

Howler monkeys

A new study finds that howler monkeys scream louder when they have smaller testicles. The study, published last week in the journal Current Biology, said that howler monkeys with deep roars — used to attract females, deter love rivals and scare off predators — tend to also have smaller testicles and a shortage of sperm compared to their peers. Biological anthropologist Jacob ...

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