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National Council on Agriculture approves mainstreaming of biofortification in Nigeria

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

The National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the mainstreaming of biofortification in all agricultural interventions in Nigeria. Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development The Harvestplus Event and Advocacy Officer, Ifeoma Okonkwo, made this known in a statement on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Ibadan, Oyo State. Okonkwo said that the approval followed a proposal submitted ...

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Images: When NCF, firms engaged Lagos schools to plant trees

NCF schools tree planting

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the support of FCMB, IHS Nig Ltd, Dangote Group and Union Bank engaged in fruits tree planting exercise in 20 selected schools in Lagos in commemoration of World Environment Day 2021, with the theme: “Ecosystem Restoration.” Omowunmi Kalejaiye, Zonal Head, Victoria Island Zone, FCMB, led the tree planting at Plumbreed Schools, Sangotedo. While Jemima ...

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World Desertification Day: Restore land to help deal with global crises, leaders urge

Carlos Alvarado

World leaders are rallying support for a coordinated and coherent approach to reverse the loss of healthy land in light of the role it can play in the global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to deal with the crises of climate change and the loss of biological diversity. President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica At a ...

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UN talks’ pace failing to match urgency needed for climate action – LDC Group

Sonam P. Wangdi

Following the May-June 2021 UN Climate Change Conference that came to a close on Thursday, June 17, 2021, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group has emphasised that much work remains to ensure the world can realise the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Group also commented on the outcome of the recent G7 summit. Mr Sonam P. Wangdi, Chair of ...

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UN claims progress as May-June climate change session closes

patricia espinosa

The May-June Climate Change Session, the first to have been held virtually to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held at the end of 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, closed on Thursday, June 17. This was the first time that all Parties met since COP25 held in Madrid, Spain, in 2019. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the ...

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UN to collaborate with Nigeria to address insecurity

Nigeria Mission in Geneva

Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, has disclosed the UN’s plans to collaborate with Nigeria to address the security challenges besetting Nigeria. Valovaya made disclosure when Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organisations, Ambassador Abiodun Richards Adejola, presented his Letter of Credence to her on Thursday, June 17, ...

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Saga of issuance of timber legality licenses in Ghana (2)

Samuel Abu Jinapor

Ever since, Ghana’s forestry sector stakeholders learnt about the fitness check the European Union (EU) conducted in 2020 on the Forest Law Environment Governance Trade (FLEGT) system in Ghana, an uneasy calm seems to have settled on the sector. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor This unease is, perhaps, as a result of the findings and conclusions ...

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World Desertification Day: Govt reiterates commitment to tackle environmental challenges

Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring lasting solution to environmental challenges by adopting sustainable land management practices across the country. Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar Dr Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Environment, spoke at the commemoration of 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day, organised by his ministry on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Abuja. Abubakar said ...

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Desertification: FCTA to plant 170,000 tree seedlings across terrirory

Tree planting

he Federal Capital Terriory Administration (FCTA) says it will plant 170,000 tree seedlings across the territory in fulfilling President Muhammadu Buhari’s  pledge to tackle desertification in the country. Tree planting The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure at the 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day and launching of FCT Tree Planting campaign, organised by the Department, Parks and Recreation on Thursday, ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 infections surging by 20% amid third wave – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The COVID-19 positive cases in Africa is surging by 20 per cent on a weekly basis, as most countries in the continent enters a third wave. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa A World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said the continent is already reeling from ...

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