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World Bank to invest over $5bn in drylands in Africa

David R. Malpass

The World Bank plans to invest over $5 billion over the next five years to help restore degraded landscapes, improve agriculture productivity, and promote livelihoods across 11 African countries on a swathe of land stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group World Bank Group President David Malpass announced the investment at the One ...

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Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 3.1m – Africa CDC

Dr. John Nkengasong

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,107,979 as of Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 74,444 as of Wednesday ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases near 3m as death toll hits 69,000

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over 2.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter on Thursday, January 7, 2021. WHO stated on its dashboard that there were over 2.9 ...

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Private sector key to realising sustainability agenda in Africa – UN

Amina Mohammed

African governments should leverage capital, technology, and manpower from industry to hasten realisation of sustainability agenda and pandemic recovery in the continent, Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, said on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J. Muhammed She said this during a virtual summit to discuss the role of business in the attainment of key ...

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ERA/FOEN, four others advocate sustainable energy in Africa

Godwin Uyi Ojo

The need to reduce climate obstacles and other environmental issues within the mother earth of Africa has been recently opted for by five strategic environmental groups in Africa. Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) The groups called on African governments to stop the acceptance of fossil fuel projects driven by ...

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Nearly 1:5 COVID-19 deaths in Africa linked to diabetes, says WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 18.3% of COVID-19 deaths in Africa are among people with diabetes, one of the conditions that global studies have found to increase the risk of severe illness and death among patients infected with the virus. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The WHO analysis of 14 African countries, which provided information ...

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Group looks beyond ivory in elephant protection

John Scanlon

The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), an alliance of 21 African countries dedicated to conserving their elephants, has announced a new vision to meet the challenges of the 21st century. John Scanlon, CEO of the EPI Foundation The EPI’s secretariat, the EPI Foundation, on Thursday, November 12, 2020 unveiled its “Vision 2030”, a scheme designed to address the challenges that Africa’s growing ...

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Droughts, floods may undermine Africa’s economic progress – Afreximbank

Prof. Benedict Oramah

African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) says the increasing frequency of droughts and floods over the last two decades may undermine Africa’s economic progress. Prof. Benedict Oramah, President Afreximbank Prof. Benedict Oramah, President Afreximbank, said this in Cairo, Egypt, at an online seminar on scaling up climate finance in Africa, a statement issued by Afreximbank stated. The seminar was jointly organised by ...

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Intensifying weather events threaten Africa – Greenpeace report

Cyclone Idai

Greenpeace scientific report released on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 reveals that extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods and intense rain are increasing in intensity, frequency and severity across many parts of Africa, and gravely threatening human health, food security, peace, and biodiversity. Cyclone Idai lays waste to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi Weather across sub-Saharan Africa has become more extreme ...

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80% of air quality in Africa is bad – UNEP

vehicular pollution

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has urged African governments to intensify efforts towards adoption of cleaner energy sources, noting that 80 per cent of air quality in the continent was bad. Vehicular pollution Mrs Jane Akumu, Programme Manager, Air Quality and Mobility Unit, UNEP, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 while speaking at the ongoing Virtual Oil Trading and Logistics ...

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