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Governments Meet to Fast Forward Implementation of Paris Agreement’s Goals

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on Monday, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path. The Conference, coming just two years after the landmark adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, will also

Governments need to ensure rules are followed in education

By Manos Antoninis No matter your job, you need standards to ensure that you are working to meet your objectives. Unfortunately, where education and schools are concerned, these standards sometimes do not exist. Or, more often, they are not enforced. Schools are decidedly sub-standard in some places, with those in sub-Saharan Africa facing particularly strong

Africans plot on Sustainability

Ministers from 12 African countries announced recently a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). The meeting also served to formally welcome Madagascar as a new signatory to the GDSA. The GDSA is an African-led initiative that puts sustainability at the forefront

Veteran Diplomat vows to fight drought in the Horn

By George Okore The Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) Board of Directors meeting in Nairobi has appointed veteran diplomat and former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mr. Abou Moussa as the patron as it seeks to keep strong track record in humanitarian relief and recovery. AAH-I is a Horn of Africa based NGO supporting communities

Scientists discuss global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria

World’s top cassava experts gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan. “Africa produces more than half of the world’s cassava — about 86 million tons from

Kenya Partners with Insurers to Make Record Insurance Payouts for Livestock Drought-hit Herders

As an epic drought desiccates fields and forages in the Horn of Africa, Government of Kenya officials, in partnership with Kenyan insurers, announced Monday payments to over 12,000 pastoral households under a breakthrough livestock insurance plan—one that uses satellites to monitor vegetation available to livestock and triggers assistance for feed, veterinary medicines and even water

Angola, DR Congo clear off yellow fever outbreak

By Katoombi Baraka The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016. The outbreak, which was first detected in Angola in December 2015, had caused 965 confirmed cases of yellow fever across the two countries, with thousands more cases

Ethiopia: Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans

Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture, Lake Turkana’s water levels have dropped

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