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Rasha Kelej Merck’s Chief Social Officer : I am proud to work for Merck

    Merck takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very seriously, they have demonstrated a long term commitment to Africa’s social and economic development, they have engaged with communities to understand the challenges and explore solutions and develop the appropriate programs with appropriate engagement of local stakeholders and partners.   We spoke with Dr. Rasha Kelej

Carbon tax laggards may pay dearly

Some mid-size companies not generally viewed as big polluters could end up paying more carbon tax than mining, manufacturing and metals-processing players with larger CO2 footprints. The alert has been sounded by ERM Southern Africa, part of the global Environmental Resources Management group, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy. David Mercer, Durban-based technical director for ERM,

Simple motorised weeders demonstrate the imperatives of cassava mechanization

        Gasoline powered simple weeders adapted for weeding in cassava farms hold promise and may take off the burden of weeding faced by small-scale farmers in Africa. Initially acquired as tillers, these simple tools are being modified and adapted as weeders by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Cassava Weed

East Africa Agri Summit to address ICT and logistics in Agriculture

Supported by the African Agri Council, and hosted by Hypenica, the inaugural Agri Logistics and e-Agri East Africa Summits 2017 are taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 28 February to 1 March 2017. A delegation of international ICT, logistics and transport infrastructure professionals, together with a line-up of East African agricultural thought leaders, will address

Nigeria launches plan to end hunger by 2030

Nigeria has launched a strategic plan and roadmap to achieve zero hunger by 2030. Tagged “Synthesis Report of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Review,” the plan articulates what Nigeria needs to do to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2)—one of the recently adopted global goals that seeks to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved

Governments are not doing enough to stop wildlife crime

By Andreas Wilson-Späth A scathing new report shows that key countries affected by wildlife crime have failed to halt poaching and illegal trafficking of endangered animals as a result of widespread corruption andinadequatelaw enforcement, thus putting increasing numbers of species at risk of extinction. Wildlife crime – a multi-billion dollara year business run by large

Humpback Whale Migration Corridors & Breeding Habitats Revealed off of Madagascar, East Coast of Africa As Energy Exploration Gears Up in Western Indian Ocean

How humpback whales use marine habitats off the eastern coast of Africa is only partially understood, and that has become a conservation concern as offshore energy exploration expands in the region. However, a new study published in Marine Ecology Progress Series found that humpback whales that were satellite tagged off the coast of Madagascar during

Which way for Africa’s farming?

That Africa needs to up its food yields is in no doubt. What is in doubt however is the means of achieving this? There have been many ways and methods being suggested. Find out what the Organic Farmer thinks is the way out….Read more    

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