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Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads
Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on Wednesday brought in a law cracking down on ads deemed to be sexist, threatening violators with hefty fines...

12 Jan 2018

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system
Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned...

By Thin Lei Win 11 Jan 2018

Combating Africa's inequalities
Combating Africa's inequalities

In this special coverage of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus is on SDG 10, which is "Reduced inequality within and among countries". The aim of SDG 10 is for countries to adopt policies that promote the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental...

By Ernest Harsch 10 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

By Alison Groves 8 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: A positive perspective on moving towards 4.0

What a year it's been! But enough people have written about that, so I'd rather look at a few of the consequences we'll feel in 2018. Which, to my surprise, are mostly positive. I've highlighted four of the best...

By Chrisna Basson 8 Jan 2018

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Developing countries need to wake up to the risks of new technologies

Technological advances associated with the fourth industrial revolution - including artificial intelligence - allow the automation of an increasingly wide array of processes in increasingly interactive and sophisticated ways...

By Ralph Hamann 4 Jan 2018

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Can agriculture and the climate fix their 'unhappy marriage' in 2018?

The world has "barely started to fight this battle" to make agriculture greener - and the coming few years will be decisive...

By Thin Lei Win 4 Jan 2018

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2017 Daily Maverick South African Persons of the Year: The Whistle-blowers

In 2017, the horrifying extent of State Capture finally became clearer to the South African public. And we would still be languishing in the dark were it not for the whistle-blowers: the handful of courageous South African men and women who did not remain silent in the face of wrongdoing, but stood up and spoke out...

By Jessica Bezuidenhout & Rebecca Davis 22 Dec 2017

Mali's cultural capital shows how citizen-centred development can trump gentrification
Mali's cultural capital shows how citizen-centred development can trump gentrification

In the first week of every February, the streets of Ségou in Mali come to life...

By Jenny Mbaye 22 Dec 2017

Kofi Annan calls for action in final Africa Progress Panel report
Kofi Annan calls for action in final Africa Progress Panel report

The final Africa Progress Panel report, Making progress towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa, calls for bold action...

19 Dec 2017

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Off-grid power goes mainstream for financing

Since a large portion of Africa's population lives in remote areas, receiving power from the grid could still be decades away...

13 Dec 2017

New breed of leaders wanted throughout Africa to harness impact investment
New breed of leaders wanted throughout Africa to harness impact investment

The hunt for professionals who can successfully lead and grow companies with a dual mandate of economic and social returns is on throughout Africa...

13 Dec 2017

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Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday, 12 December, to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom"...

13 Dec 2017

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Africa's top 10 most food-secure countries

Finding enough to eat has been an ages-old challenge for Africans. Against a physical environment often hostile to agricultural and pastoral activity...

8 Dec 2017

Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger
Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

The green revolution is estimated to have saved up to one billion people from starvation. Africa needs to stage its own version if its to help save its people from hunger...

By Calestous Juma 7 Dec 2017

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#GlobalFoodSecurity: How Africa can feed itself and the world

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RuForum), gave an inspiring keynote presentation at the third International Conference on Global Food Security held in Cape Town this week.

By Sindy Peters 7 Dec 2017

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Global Soil Organic Carbon Map a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation

Conserving and restoring soils, as a major carbon storage system, is critical for both sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. FAO launched a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil...

6 Dec 2017

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Is sustainable agricultural production, food security possible?

The third International Conference on Global Food Security had thought leaders from across the globe gathering to share their views on food security...

By Cari Coetzee 6 Dec 2017

2016/2017 sees over R9bn invested in CSI in SA
2016/2017 sees over R9bn invested in CSI in SA

During the 2016/2017 financial year, South African companies are estimated to have invested over R9bn in corporate social investment, compared to R1.5bn 20 years ago...

6 Dec 2017

How the world needs to change as regions get drier
How the world needs to change as regions get drier

By combining these interventions, there's a better chance of managing water sustainably for domestic and agricultural use...

By Dian Spear 1 Dec 2017

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The gender tradition-transforming power of advertising

Swati Bhattacharya, CCO of FCB Ulka in India, explains the intricacies of changing a 400-year-old Hindu tradition from one of status-based exclusion into a sisterhood of inclusion through the #NoConditionsApply campaign...

By Leigh Andrews 30 Nov 2017

Recycling e-waste can help create jobs and reduce poverty in Africa
Recycling e-waste can help create jobs and reduce poverty in Africa

The "trash is cash" slogan is currently being used so that waste is viewed through a new and innovative lens. It also reveals a new approach with regard to electronic waste...

By Juliette Biao 29 Nov 2017

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Fastjet, (Red) and Oliver Mtukudzi team up in the fight for an Aids-free generation

A new partnership between Fastjet and Aids organisation (Red) will be launched with the release of a new track, Holiday by legendary singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi. 100% of the proceeds from track sales will be donated to the Global Fund...

28 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors
AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors

It's the first tool to paint a complete picture of ODA funding flows for all development sectors, and the only tool to analyse funding flows with an FAO lens - focused on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and rural development activities...

24 Nov 2017

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Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs - it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences. So why do farmers grow tobacco?

By Eleanor Jew 23 Nov 2017

Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'
Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'

"Using nuclear sciences to feed the world" have led to some major success stories. FAO provides seven examples of how nuclear technology is improving food and agriculture...

By Baher Kamal 23 Nov 2017

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

Africa called on to support circular economy
Africa called on to support circular economy

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says South Africa is committed to its long-term vision of transitioning to an environmentally sustainable, climate change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society...

20 Nov 2017

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