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PACJA urges Biden to secure fair climate deal for Africa

Mithika Mwenda

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), a coalition of African CSOs advancing a just, inclusive and people-centred global climate regime, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 called on the US President, Joe Biden, to rally the West to raise their carbon reduction ambitions, honour pledges on the Green Climate Fund and foster an equitable post-COVID-19 pandemic global recovery plan that ...

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Africa’s leaders urged to push for concerted climate action as Biden’s Leaders’ Summit starts

President Tshisekedi

As 40 world leaders gather to participate in US President Joe Biden’s first step onto the international climate stage, groups from across Africa are urging its leaders to take decisive action on what is most affecting the climate – and to end fossil fuels now. President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of DRC and Chairperson of the African Union Among the ...

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Why Africa must embrace science rather than ideology in fight against smoking

Vaping and smoking

Despite effort by Africa in achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reducing tobacco use has proved the hardest to deliver. Reducing tobacco use plays a major role in global efforts to achieve the SDG target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030. Between vaping and smoking Significant disparities in health outcomes around the world ...

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African presidents, global leaders support climate change adaptation action for continent

President Tshisekedi

In what looks like a historic and united show of solidarity for a continent that contributes only 5% to global emissions, more than 30 heads of state and global leaders committed to prioritise actions that help African countries adapt to the impacts of climate change and “build forward better.” President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo of DRC and African Union Chairperson ...

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Innovative technology pushes Africa towards self-sufficiency in rice

GEM parboiler technology

The demand for good quality parboiled rice is high in parts of Africa, from east to west, north to south. As at 2015, rice consumption in countries was estimated to be approximately 26 million (MT) of which 13 million MT (about one-third of what is traded on the world market) was imported to the continent. GEM parboiler technology in operation ...

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COP26: Why Africa matters to climate change agenda, by Melbourne

Sean Melbourne

While lauding Nigeria’s engagement on climate and environmental issues, Sean Melbourne, Head of Climate Change & Energy, West Africa, British High Commission, Abuja, while speaking on March 26, 2021 during the High-Level Workshop on Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Revision, underscored Africa’s importance to the climate change agenda Sean Melbourne, Head of Climate Change & Energy, West Africa, British High ...

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Inadequate scientific capacities affecting biotech uptake in Africa – Expert

Issoufou Kollo

Inadequate scientific capacity in most African countries has been identified as the reason for low adoption of modern biotechnology in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an expert. Dr Issoufou Kollo The statement was made by Dr Issoufou Kollo, AATF Cowpea Project Manager, in a keynote address to legal practitioners and officers during a two-day workshop on biotechnology and biosafety recently held ...

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Two-third of Africans willing to receive COVID-19 vaccine – Survey

Covid-19 Vaccine

Two-third of Africans interviewed have expressed their willingness to accept the COVID-19 vaccines, says the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Africa CDC disclosed this in a statement from its Addis Ababa, ...

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International Day of Forests: Why restoring Africa’s forests is critical


As the world celebrates the 2021 International Day of Forests (IDF) on March 21, spotlight is increasingly on the depletion of these critical ecosystems. Forests cover about 31% of global land area and are home to around 80% of the globe’s biodiversity. From food, water purification, climate change mitigation through acting as carbon sinks – absorbing about 2.6 billion tonnes ...

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Bamako Convention urges Africa’s protection from illegal waste dumping during COVID-19 crisis

Arlette Soudan-Nonault

The Bureau of Conference of Parties to the BamakoConvention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa has called upon African countries to increase vigilance to protect the continent from illegal dumping of medical and hazardous waste, especially during the ongoing health crisis caused by the COVID-19 ...

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