• Rapid Strategic Environmental Assessment of Coffee Sector Reform in Burundi

    Coffee growing is one of the most important productive activities in Burundi. Coffee, mainly of the Arabica variety, is the country’s primary export crop. Coffee accounts for more than 60 percent of all of Burundi’s export earnings, depending on the year. Around 2.3 percent of the country’s total land area is under coffee cultivation, and […]




  • Rapid Strategic Environmental Assessment of Coffee Sector Reform in Burundi

    Coffee growing is one of the most important productive activities in Burundi. Coffee, mainly of the Arabica variety, is the country’s primary export crop. Coffee accounts for more than 60 percent of all of Burundi’s export earnings, depending on the year. Around 2.3 percent of the country’s total land area is under coffee cultivation, and […]




  • The Niger Delta oil spill continues to impact livelihoods in West Africa

    The boom of oil exploration in Africa became an opportunity for  Africa countries to accelerate their economic growth and development. Foreign oil exploration companies set aside billions of dollars for oil search in Africa. The major beneficiaries of oil exploration activities in Sub Sahara Africa so far are Nigeria and  Angola which have the largest […]




  • The Global Forest Watch shows increased forest cover loss in Cameroon

    Cameroons forests are rapidly dwindling. According to the Global Forest Watch, the Cameroonian forests have lost 893,557 hectares of forest between 2001 and 2016. About 22,000, or 0.09%, Cameroonians are directly employed by the forestry sector by the last count in 2011 approximately 2.8% of the country’s GDP. With about 2,548 million metric tons of […]




  • Woody encroachment continues to suppress grasses and herbs in the African Savanna

    Woody savannas, an ecosystem characterized by grasses and other herbaceous plants, have quickly become a global prevalence within the last two centuries. Scientists still don’t know which drivers specifically are responsible for the increased vegetation. The African savanna grasslands sustain the livelihoods of millions of people and are also a vital source of food for […]




  • The picturesque Fourteen Falls now a dumping ground, a clean-up exercise is due

    Kenya’s Fourteen Falls once a beautiful spectacle, are now a dumping ground.  Visiting the falls, the first thing that hits you is the stench. Next, you will set your eyes on the industrial waste and plastic flowing down the falls which were once a lover’s paradise. The Falls, located in Thika, 65 kilometers North East of Nairobi […]




  • Water catchment areas in Kenya threatened by encroachment

    Kenya is experiencing a water crisis. Certain important water catchment areas are at risk of depletion and this directly impacts the lives of 30 million of the over 50 million (2018) Kenyans in the country. The Mau forest is a good example of this, located at the head of the water tower and directly feeds […]




  • Lake Chad shrinkage partly demonstrates the impact of overuse of water resources

    Why is Lake Chad shrinking? This is the question scientists around the globe have been asking. The lake is particularly important, it serves as the only water source for Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria making it an irreplaceable economic resource. The lake, which was once 25,000 square kilometers is now approximately 1,350 sq.km, that’s about […]




  • The status of land degradation and development in Africa

    Land degradation has become one of the world’s major problems facing policymakers, governments, and other stakeholders. This issue adds to the innumerable challenges facing human survival as a result of climate change: Land degradation has threatened food security, availability of fresh water, loss of biodiversity and siltation in water bodies.  According to a 2013  scientific […]