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Safety of wildlife paramount in the midst of the pandemic

More than 50 community wildlife rangers from Kenya and Tanzania deployed in a joint border patrol this week in response to a potential risk of poaching. Funded by the European Union through the International Fund for Animal Welfare (ifaw), rangers simultaneously monitored the wildlife-rich landscapes along their respective borderlines, while staying within their international boundaries.

Farmvest seals Moringa contract, eyes global market

Farmvest Agricapital a SA based company with operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa announced that they have sealed a 5-year offtake agreement contract for the production and processing of Moringa in Zimbabwe and South Africa with a Big regional exporter of Moringa. In addition to the offtake agreement Farmvest has also sealed a deal to

A time has come for us to face the truth about this climate crisis

By Mithika Mwenda   Last year, two weeks of incessant negotiations at the UNFCCC’s COP25 that took place in Madrid, Spain at the close of 2019 resulted in several outcomes that are very key to Africa and its people. The conference attended by at least 27,000 delegates aimed to highlight the gap between progress in

International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary

Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003. The Cartagena Protocol is a milestone achievement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, making a significant contribution to protecting biodiversity by requiring the safe

Reforestation may not be sufficient for fighting climate change

In early July, a study in Science made global headlines: Earth could carry 4.4 billion hectares of canopy cover, which is 900 million more than today. Through reforestation, 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere and climate change effectively slowed down. Scientists at the University of Bonn and World Agroforestry consider these figures strongly

Uganda: Wildlife Rangers trained on combating trafficking

A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers to combat wildlife trafficking began today in Entebbe, Uganda. The training workshop hosted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in partnership with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) aims to equip officers stationed at the Entebbe International Airport from: the wildlife authority, customs, immigration,

West Africa to experience a rise in climate-induced rainfall

    Results from a study carried out by scientists from World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Université de Ouagadougou indicate that West Africa will experience an increase in the number of extreme rainfall events in the 21st century, thanks to climate change. These results of the study funded by the

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