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Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 250,000 – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of coronavirus cases in Africa is now over 256,000 Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The UN health agency gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The agency said: “There are over 256,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases ...

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Africa’s most vulnerable called to bear brunt of Covid-19

One of world’s harshest terrains for farming threatens to crumble under COVID-19.  West Africa’s farmer collectives, small businesses and other stakeholders in agriculture reveal their plight as rains approach and call out for support through logistics facilitation, digital extension, awareness creation and financial backstopping to prevent food, nutrition security and livelihoods going downhill. Securing farming communities through and after Covid-19 ...

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Dangote Cement records 12.6% sales volume increase across Africa

Onne van der Weijde

Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended Sunday, June 30, 2017, posting a 12.6 percent increase in sales volume across Africa. Financials released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange indicated that the increase in sales volume showed a growing capture of Pan-African market as Dangote Cement appears to gain ...

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GCF lays climate finance footing in Africa, Pacific

Howard Bamsey

Recent expansion of assistance by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to countries preparing to implement climate finance is targeting Africa and the Pacific. The GCF has provided $700,000 to the Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda, a GCF direct access Accredited Entity, to assist the development of projects under the Fund’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF). This is an additional tranche within a ...

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Port Harcourt, Lagos listed among Africa’s worst airports

Port Harcourt International Airport

The current “Sleeping in Airport Survey” features two Nigerian airports among the worst 10 international airports on the continent. No airport in Nigeria makes the 10 best in Africa. Released October 15, 2016, the study rates the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State (PHC) very low, second only to the Juba International Airport, South Sudan (JUB), which is number ...

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Resource Networks to facilitate responsible Africa agricultural biotechnology emerge

African Biosafety Network of Expertise

Africa now has in place a number of Resource Networks to strategically address pertinent issues relating to the responsible development and use of agricultural biotechnology within countries, across sub-regions and around the continent. These Resource Networks are also to help strengthen and position the African group for tactical negotiations at the international level. This is to ensure that Africa’s concerns ...

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From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

Sahel region

Climate change could turn one of Africa’s driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterised by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which ...

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Amina Mohammed clamours stronger AU-UN partnership to benefit Africa’s youth

Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday, July 3, 2017 called for the strengthening of the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) in order to deliver on promised development for Africa’s youth. Addressing her first African Union Summit since taking office, Ms. Mohammed said that the AU’s thematic focus this year on youth is a “powerful ...

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Climate action: Paris Agreement can transform Africa

Espinosa-Benin

Speaking at the 9th Africa Carbon Forum in Cotonou, Benin, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, said that the Paris Climate Change Agreement can be a catalyst for transformative change across Africa, given that Africa’s climate action plans under the agreement are blueprints for attracting private sector investment. She added that integrated action on ...

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UNIDO, others explore industrialisation, investment in Africa

UNIDO

Parliamentarians, policymakers, public and private investors, and representatives of civil society have discussed investing in the industrialisation process of developing countries, particularly in Africa. The event, organised by the Brussels office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), together with Global Africa and African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE), took place recently in St. Julian’s, Malta during the opening ...

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