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ISSD: Africa urged to restore seed sector to boost productivity

richard-lesiyampe  ISSD: Africa urged to restore seed sector to boost productivity Richard Lesiyampe

African governments need to act now and revamp the continent’s seed sector for increased agricultural productivity. Delegates to the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference that ended on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, who made the submission, said that a vibrant seed sector would help Africa improve food and nutrition security. The experts were drawn from academia, government and ...

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Water monitoring: AMCOW advocates harmonised reporting

Dr. Canisius Kanangire  Water monitoring: AMCOW advocates harmonised reporting dr

In recognition of the critical role of monitoring and reporting in evidence-based decision-making in the water and sanitation sector at national, basin and regional levels, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has called on African member-states to adopt and strengthen the web-based Pan-Africa water sector monitoring and reporting system recently launched in Stockholm, Sweden during the World Water Week. Dr. ...

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How COP22 is crucial to Africa’s green growth

salaheddine-mezouar  How COP22 is crucial to Africa’s green growth Salaheddine Mezouar UNFCCC 300x225

Across the globe, nations have kick-started a new and exciting development agenda aimed at ending poverty and reducing risks linked with climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of the natural environment. This journey to a brighter, more prosperous and resilient future has been forged through two powerful and mutually re-enforcing pathways – the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015. Patricia ...

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Africa, Asia, Latin America face health risk from water pollution

water scarcity  Africa, Asia, Latin America face health risk from water pollution lagos

Water pollution has risen across three continents, placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned last week. The worrying rise in the pollution of surface waters in Asia, Africa and Latin America also threatens to damage vital sources of food and harm the continents’ economies, ...

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Experts clamour Green Water Initiative in Africa

Torgny-Holmgren  Experts clamour Green Water Initiative in Africa Torgny Holmgren 011

Water and climate experts on Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden called for a Green Water Initiative, as part of a Water Revolution in Africa, that would alleviate hunger on the continent and help to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the onset of the 2016 World Water Week (WWW) holding in the Swedish capital city, a group of world-renowned hydro-climate experts ...

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Africa’s Great Green Wall stars at Olympic opening ceremony

Team-Nigeria-Rio2016  Africa’s Great Green Wall stars at Olympic opening ceremony Team Nigeria Rio2016

The history of the Olympic Games is one of chasing impossible dreams and stretching the limits of human ambition. Thus, it was fitting that, beneath the glitz and glamour, the Samba and Rio’s Carnival-like atmosphere, this year’s Opening Ceremony that held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, 5 August 2016 showcased what has been described as the most impossible ...

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More investment crucial to upscale Great Green Wall initiative

Jose Graziano da Silva  More investment crucial to upscale Great Green Wall initiative jos   graziano da silva

During a high-level event on the Great Green Wall initiative, leaders of African countries called for increased investment in combatting desertification and land degradation to improve the lives of the people of Africa’s drylands. “The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is committed to scaling up support to the Great Green Wall initiative,” said José Graziano Da ...

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African restoration commitments push Bonn Challenge beyond 100m hectares

Inger Andersen  African restoration commitments push Bonn Challenge beyond 100m hectares IUCN   s Director General Inger Andersen

Ministers from Guinea, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana have voiced their commitments to restore 11.5 million hectares of degraded forests at a high-level roundtable in Kigali, Rwanda. The “Africa High-Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable” was convened by the Government of Rwanda, the East African Community (EAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to build regional ...

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Universal capital fuelling African property markets

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Despite Africa’s slowdown, property developers and private equity funds continue to pour investment into the continent, but with more focused strategies, industry practitioners have said. “Over $1,2 billion has been raised and allocated to real estate investment in Africa over the past year and we expect this trend to continue,” said Kfir Rusin, General Manager of the upcoming Africa Property ...

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Need for transparency in Africa water resource management underlined

Frank  Need for transparency in Africa water resource management underlined Frank

Corruption has been identified as one of the biggest problems that has affected the water sector not to function as expected on the African continent. The vice, which according to Transparency International (TI) is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, is unfortunately very widespread taking many forms – the small scale corruption in bribing to get connection for ...

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