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Burundi ratifies Paris Agreement as 174th Party


The Republic of Burundi on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 deposited its instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, making the East Africa nation the 174th Party to the global treaty. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Burundi’s ratification will come into force on February 16, 2018. Previously, Macedonia (173rd), Montenegro (172nd), DR Congo (171st), Syria ...

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Minamata Convention’s specific programme gets support as Lithuania ratifies treaty

Dalia Grybauskaitė

The secretariat of the Minamata Convention has disclosed that its Specific International Programme (SIP) received support from Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This is even as the Government of Lithuania deposited its instrument of ratification on Monday, January 15, 2018 thereby becoming the 86th Party to the Minamata Convention. The Minamata Convention on Mercury (“Minamata Convention”) is an international environmental ...

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Group wants government to establish electronics recycling plants


A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Society for the Promotion of People’s Rights, has called on the Federal Government to set up special recycling plants for electronic scrap materials to protect the environment. President of the organisation, Mr Williams Osaze, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, January 22, 2018. He said ...

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Biosafety agency plans partnership with Science Café to train journalists

Science Cafe

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has disclosed plans to partner with Journalists for Social Development Initiative (JSDI) and Connected Development (CODE) through their Science Café initiative to train journalists on safe science reporting. Director General of the Agency, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, who made the disclosure during the opening ceremony of a Science Café on Thursday January 18, 2018 in ...

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IITA, AFDB, others partner to revitalise agriculture in Africa

Nteranya Sanginga

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders on Monday, January 22, 2018 in Ibadan, Oyo State, inaugurated  the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme to revitalise agriculture in Africa. Speaking during the inauguration, Dr Jonas Chianu, AfDB Agricultural Economist and TAAT Programme Manager, said that the multi-year  multi-partner  TAAT programme was funded ...

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Anti-open grazing law will enable herdsmen’s children acquire education – Bishop


Bishop William Aveya of Gboko Catholic Diocese in Benue State has said that the anti-open grazing law passed by the state government will enable children of herdsmen to acquire education. “Open grazing makes it impossible for the children of herdsmen to acquire education because they remain in the bush chasing cows. “If the herdsmen embrace ranches, the children will be ...

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Herbal, ‘natural’ treatment of Ebola, malaria, sickle cell disease developed

Isaac Adewole

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) says it has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, Malaria and other diseases. The NIPRD Director-General, Prof. Karniyus Gamaniel, said this while presenting the score card of his eight-year tenure (2009 to 2017) in Abuja on Friday, January 19, 2018. The programme, organised by ...

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Insurance scheme to protect smallholder African, Asian farmers from climate risks

Women farmers

Over 690,000 families totalling up to four million people living in six low-income countries stand to benefit from a new climate insurance programme launched on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance arm and Global Parametrics, a new venture funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and by the InsuResilience Investment Fund, set up by German development ...

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GMOs: Ogbeh wants scientists to advise government on way forward

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has called on Nigerian scientists to advise the Federal Government on the acceptability or otherwise of Genetically Modified Orgsnisms (GMOs). Ogbeh made the call on Saturday, January 20, 2018 during a working visit to the Agricultural and Veterinary Complex of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. The minister said that ...

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Sokoto distributes N104m organic fertiliser to farmers

organic fertiliser

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Saturday, January 20, 2018 announced the purchase of N104 million worth of locally made fertiliser for distribution to farmers across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. Tambuwal said this when he launched the sales of organic fertiliser produced by a local firm, Sokoto-IML Company Ltd., in Sokoto, the state capital. The ...

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