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Countries agree to curb greenhouse gases in largest climate breakthrough since Paris

By Eric Akasa Nearly 200 countries struck a landmark deal Saturday to reduce the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century. The amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer endorsed

Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity celebrates two-year anniversary

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Adopted in 2010 and entering into force on 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol aims to create

How new loan scheme is transforming Rwandan women

A new loan scheme in Rwanda is helping women farmers escape the poverty trap. The loan giving Scheme that known as Babacoop operates just like a bank and is legally registered by the Rwandan government. Mostof the loans that it has provided since its inception have been for purchasing solar equipment, mostly panels. Since its

Nigeria, South Africa immensely contribute to global TB disease burden

By Henry Opondo Nigeria and South Africa in combination with Asian countries of Indonesia, China and Pakistan contributed to 60% of all tuberculosis disease burden in 2015, a new WHO report on TB reveals. According to the report, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide and that the burden is higher than

Kenyan Bags 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research, Application at World Food Prize Event

By Eric Akasa Dr. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), will be presented with the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application Wednesday for his work leading an innovative livestock insurance program that employs satellite data to help protect livestock herding communities in the Horn

US$ 10 M new commitment to fight cervical cancer in developing world

By Henry Opondo As the world marks the fourth International Day of the Girl Child, Girl Effect and Gavi Tuesday announced a ground-breaking partnership to protect girls from contracting cervical cancer in developing countries. The number of deaths from cervical cancer is on the rise and, without intervention, it is set to overtake maternal mortality

African farmers embark on 4 day journey to demand investment in ecological farming

Smallholder farmers in Central Kenya are on a 4-day resilience journey to engage leaders and Kenyans on the ideal agricultural system that they envision for their country and the continent ahead of World Food Day. “We, as farmers and consumers from around Kenya, call upon the Government of Kenya and International aid donors to listen

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