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SACAU: Agriculture can play a critical role in eradicating poverty

Agriculture can play a critical role in poverty eradication as the majority of the world's poor reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture

18 Oct 2017

The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 17 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"...a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 16 Oct 2017

Springster, BBM Messenger launch Girl Talk in SA, Nigeria

Springster, NGO Girl Effect's global mobile-first platform for vulnerable young women, has partnered with Creative Media Works (operating as BBM Messenger) to launch Girl Talk...

13 Oct 2017

Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance...

12 Oct 2017

The new face of the Sahel

Grassroots initiatives promote changes in livelihoods...

By Ernest Harsch 20 Sep 2017

Philanthropists join forces to fund Africa's cash-strapped health sector

Billionaires Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote come together to fund healthcare projects...

By Pavithra Rao 19 Sep 2017

2017-2019 Next Einstein Forum fellows announced

Sixteen scientists solving Africa's and the world's challenges have been announced as part of the Next Einstein Forum's (NEF) second fellows class...

18 Sep 2017

Why the path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans is within reach

There is huge diversity within and across the 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenges these countries face in achieving health outcomes that are at par with low and middle income countries in other regions of the world are numerous and diverse...

By Alex Ezeh, Nelson Sewankambo and Peter Piot 18 Sep 2017

Coca-Cola donates more than $10m for famine relief in Africa Sahel region

The Coca-Cola Company and its foundations recently announced a combined donation of more than $10m to support immediate humanitarian relief efforts and future rebuilding and development assistance in the 10 countries in the African Sahel experiencing a devastating famine...

31 Aug 2017

How scientists can help make the sustainable development goals a reality

The United Nations set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for countries to reach by 2030...

By Tolullah Oni 29 Aug 2017

Zambia makes HIV testing compulsory

HIV testing, counselling and treatment is now compulsory for patients at Zambia's public healthcare facilities...

21 Aug 2017

Ecotourism camps flourish through impact investment

Asilia's newest impact investment, Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to its stable of ecotourism camps...

11 Aug 2017

Are you Egypt's next top social entrepreneur?

A ‘hackathon' contest looks for Egyptian solutions to environmental problems in the fields of energy, recycling and sustainable farming...

1 Aug 2017

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International

What the 'Fearless Girl' statue and Harvey Weinstein have in common

In March of this year, State Street Global Advisors unveiled the “Fearless Girl,” a statue of a little girl installed to face Wall Street's famous “Charging Bull” statue. Her defiance was aimed at financial culture's historical exclusion of women in the financial industry, especially in leadership positions.

By Sarah Banet-Weiser 18 Oct 2017

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

MIAMI, US - Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said on Monday.

17 Oct 2017

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

LA CIOTAT, France - A French company has developed an innovative system to replenish marine fish stocks in places like ports that have suffered environmental damage.

13 Oct 2017

FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing

To ensure that the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing, succeeds, all countries should join the landmark treaty, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "We need all countries around the world to be part of the PSMA for it to be highly effective," Graziano da Silva said at the OurOcean Conference, hosted this year by the European Union in Malta. So far around 50 countries are party to the agreement "but we need many more."

9 Oct 2017

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday, 6 October, announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

9 Oct 2017

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