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How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 20 minutes ago

Doing good is good for business: Tiekie Barnard explains the benefits of Shared Value
Doing good is good for business: Tiekie Barnard explains the benefits of Shared Value

Business is driven by profit, but Shift Social Development CEO Tiekie Barnard believes in the importance of profit with purpose. In this Q&A, she explains the meaning of Shared Value and how companies can use this business strategy to find where the biggest growth opportunities lie...

Issued by Shift Social Development 2 hours ago

#FairnessFirst: #CannesYouSeeUs trends at Cannes Film Festival
#FairnessFirst: #CannesYouSeeUs trends at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is usually filled with chatter about the winning work and those impressive evening gowns the celebs wear. Comments following the 2018 version are proving more substantial than usual, as diversity was front and foremost at the 71st Cannes Film Festival...

By Leigh Andrews 5 hours ago

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New practical guidelines to promote more transparent, pro-poor forest concessions

The voluntary guidelines offer suggestions on how to shift from short-term harvesting objectives, which can lead to forest degradation or even deforestation, to long-term forest management, building the case for truly sustainable forestry in the tropics...

14 May 2018

Dion Chang speaking at the 2018 Trialogue Business in Society Conference
Internal upskilling should be a key focus area of CSR - Dion Chang

Employers have an obligation to ensure their employees are skilled to adapt to the displacement being triggered by the fourth industrial revolution...

11 May 2018

Kevin Swanepoel, CEO of The One Club for Creativity.
#OneShow2018: Better representation across the board

As The One Club for Creativity's Creative Week 2018 gets underway, I sit down with CEO Kevin Swanepoel for a catch-up on their developments over the past year...

By Ann Nurock 8 May 2018

Director-General for the Department of Environmental Affairs, Nosipho Jezile-Ngcaba with the Fund's CEO Paul Zille, Chairman Mavuso Msimang and board members David Frost and Yolan Friedmann at the launch on 2 May 2018 in Johannesburg.
Tourism Conservation Fund to secure SA's biodiversity, promote more inclusive tourism industry

The conservation of South Africa's biodiversity is a critical component in securing the future of tourism, an industry many South Africans depend on for their livelihood...

7 May 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

Building capacity of science journalism in Africa
Building capacity of science journalism in Africa

Funding available to science journalists in Africa to build capacity and produce science stories aimed at local or global markets...

30 Apr 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

African youth participate at an international youth forum at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Africa Renewal/Shu Zhang
African youth demand a seat at the table

Elections on the continent are increasingly yielding younger leadership...

By Busani Bafana 24 Apr 2018

Makoma Lekalakala, director for Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, climate change coordinator for Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)
Two SA women awarded Goldman prize for halting SA-Russia nuclear deal

Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are the recipients of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize...

23 Apr 2018

Social needs to up its game to keep receiving financial support
Social needs to up its game to keep receiving financial support

Today's philanthropists, grantmakers, social and impact investors want more control over their giving and they want evidence of the scale and sustainability of the impact they make...

Issued by Next Generation 18 Apr 2018

Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions
Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions

Housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Apr 2018

#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced
#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards have been announced, competing in five categories as well as for the much-coveted 'Overall Winner'. Who will take the top spots?

12 Apr 2018

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#FairnessFirst: Grave press freedom violations in Africa

Freedom of speech, long seen as a mainstay of the Western world, isn't necessarily a given elsewhere, especially when you criticise government policy and work in the media...

By Leigh Andrews 9 Apr 2018

Top minds to meet at Africa Shared Value Summit this May
Top minds to meet at Africa Shared Value Summit this May

The second annual Africa Shared Value Summit, taking place on 24-25 May, will play host to some of the brightest business stars from across the African continent...

Issued by Shift Social Development 27 Mar 2018

African Union flag.
Why Africa's Free Trade Area offers so much promise

Africa's free trade area aims to create a single market for goods and services in Africa. By 2030 the market size is expected to include 1.7 billion people with over USD$ 6.7 trillion of cumulative consumer and business spending...

By Landry Signé 27 Mar 2018

#OFFinJoburg: Many a bumpy road ahead remains on Africa's long walk to democracy
#OFFinJoburg: Many a bumpy road ahead remains on Africa's long walk to democracy

The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) will make its debut in Africa on Monday, 26 March, in Johannesburg...

By Sindy Peters 23 Mar 2018

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Gender gaps: Bane of Africa's agricultural R&D

Africa's agricultural production is negatively affected by gaps in gender-responsive agricultural research. Increased production and dissemination of gender-responsive research and innovations in agriculture could be a significant game-changer for Africa...

By Gilbert Nakweya 20 Mar 2018

Colosseum Vacation Home in Rome, Italy - Level access is via a pretty courtyard which leads into the spacious, newly modernised home, with one bedroom and bathroom that have been specifically converted for guests with a disability or mobility issue. Source:
Airbnb releases new filters and features to help disabled guests find the right accommodation

Airbnb has released 21 new accessibility filters to aid disabled guests in find accessible travel accommodation. Previously, guests on Airbnb were only able to search for ''wheelchair accessible' listings, which did not always meet travellers' individual needs...

20 Mar 2018

Cape Town to host first in series of 2018 Top Women Conferences
Cape Town to host first in series of 2018 Top Women Conferences

Celebrating human rights this month, Cape Town will play host to the first in a series of Top Women Conferences, providing a platform to address challenges around women empowerment and women-driven economic growth...

7 Mar 2018

Artificial intelligence could reinforce society's gender equality problems
Artificial intelligence could reinforce society's gender equality problems

We are not only living in an age where women are being under-represented in many spheres of economic life, but technology could make this even worse...

By Bettina Büchel 5 Mar 2018

Community-based wildlife conservation is bringing success to Tanzania
Community-based wildlife conservation is bringing success to Tanzania

Higher densities of giraffes and dik-diks have been recorded and participating villages are receiving a direct share of income from wildlife tourism...

By Derek E. Lee 2 Mar 2018

Human rights activist Annie Raman on Fort Review.
#FortReview: "How creativity can save lives when put to good use" - Annie Raman

Here's how Fort Review is changing perceptions and giving a voice to issues of industry equality, as well as the rise of advertising that goes beyond just punting a product to actually solving a societal issue...

By Leigh Andrews 1 Mar 2018

Oslo Freedom Forum to be hosted in Joburg this March
Oslo Freedom Forum to be hosted in Joburg this March

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF), in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will be hosting the first-ever Oslo Freedom Forum in Johannesburg (OFFinJoburg)...

1 Mar 2018

Lebo Mashile in conversation with Leigh Andrews at Design Indaba.
#DesignIndaba2018: 'Advice for the African girl child' - Lebo Mashile

Lebo Mashile on African females as the future of humanity, the importance of having a mentor in the industry and honouring the legacy of Hugh Masekela...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Feb 2018

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Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

Jaha Dukureh named UN Women regional goodwill ambassador for Africa
Jaha Dukureh named UN Women regional goodwill ambassador for Africa

UN Women has named renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as a regional goodwill ambassador for the organisation...

6 Feb 2018

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#FairnessFirst: H&M's diversity manager, #MLKDay and the #pinkify debate

This week, diversity was a strong focus on social media as H&M announced the appointment of a diversity manager following the 'racist hoodie' outrage, social citizens stood up for civil rights on #MLKDay, and the #pinkifying hashtag spawned lovers and haters alike...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Jan 2018

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