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Mitigating post-harvest losses via preservation, processing

ActionAid Agriculture

Post-harvest losses have always been a challenge to farmers and threat to food security. Unarguably food security could be enhanced through preservation and processing of crops, especially perishable commodities like tomatoes, onions, pepper, mangoes, vegetables, among others. Agriculture Preservation involves preventing the growth of micro-organisms on food and retardation of oxidation of fats which causes rancidity (spoilage of food such ...

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When PACJA met with faith groups to chart African roadmap to COP26

Charles Mwangi PACJA

Charles Mwangi, the Thematic Lead, Resilient People Society and Economies, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), attempts an overview of the faith climate justice meeting held recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to him, faith leaders need to push for higher ambition and commitments for touchable action to confront climate change Charles Mwangi At a meeting in Adds Ababa, Ethiopia ...

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World Biodiversity Day: BIODEV2030 to integrate biodiversity into development

Pauline Teillac-Deschamps

The theme for the 2021 Biodiversity Day is “We are part of the solution”. Observed on Saturday, May 22, it builds on the momentum generated last year by the theme “Our solutions are in nature”, which reminded us how biodiversity is the answer to many of the challenges of sustainable development. Pauline Teillac-Deschamps, BIODEV2030 Coordinator The trend of species decreasing ...

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Amina Mohammed to G7 Ministers: Lead way in setting low-carbon, resilient, inclusive recovery policies

Amina Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, told the G-7 Climate and Environment Ministerial on Friday, May 21, 2021 that the world counts on the group to lead the way in setting the necessary policies for a low-carbon, resilient, inclusive recovery Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J. Mohammed Today we are coming together in critical times. I’ve just come out ...

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Support to projects ramps up in efforts to address slow rate of Africa’s water investments

Alex Simalabwi

The first in series of workshops intended to support the implementation of 16 major water infrastructure projects, prioritised for implementation between 2021 and 2030 by the African Union Heads of State as part of Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Priority Action Plan 2 (PIDA-PAP 2), took place this week. Mr Alex Simalabwi, Executive Secretary of GWP Africa Coordination Unit ...

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Society advocates waste management regulations

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

President, Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, has advocated for the strict enforcement of waste management regulations in order to create wealth. Prof. Oladele Osibanjo Osibanjo stated this during the 3rd international waste summit on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The two-day summit was themed: ‘Waste Management in an Emerging Economy: Challenges and ...

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Agency begins profiling hazardous points in Kaduna

Nasir el Rufai

The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA) on Thursday, May 20, 2021 commenced the profiling of hazardous points in the 23 local government areas of the state for emergency response. Nasir el Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State Abubakar Hassan, Executive Secretary, KADSEMA, made this known at the strategic meeting with the vice-chairmen and directors, Education and Social Development (EDS) from all ...

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Conservationists adopt nuclear science to protect the African rhino


A nuclear science-based initiative that has the potential to reduce Rhino poaching has emerged. The West African black rhino Launched on May 13, 2021, the “Rhisotope Project” was initiated by the University of Witwatersrand (WITs) and is being implemented under a global collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Colorado State University (USA), ROSATOM (Russian Federation) and ...

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G7 ministers pledge to stop financing coal based power

G7 climate meeting

Following two days of virtual consultations chaired by the United Kingdom, environment and climate ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU have agreed on ambitious joint goals and measures, chief amongst which is a pledge to cease investments in coal. G7 Climate and Environment Ministers at a meeting in 2019 This ...

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Study describes pollution from chemicals, wastes as key driver of biodiversity loss

Rolph Payet

All eyes are on global biodiversity this week, as the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and calls are made to stem the tide of biodiversity loss worldwide. Rolph Payet, executive secretary of Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions. Photo credit: AFPTV via Getty Images With biodiversity loss occurring at an unprecedented rate, ...

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