• 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 […]

  • Investment in sustainable land management for reduced levels of production risk

    Land management is extremely important when you talk about agriculture. Sustainable land management is integral in providing environmental, economic, and social opportunities for the benefit of present and future generations while maintaining and enhancing the quality of the land (soil, water, and air).  Poor land management often leads to production risk. Production risk is basically projected outcomes on yield […]

  • Eco-agriculture can serve as a bridge between conservation and agriculture in Africa

    Eco-agriculture is derived from two words, economic and ecological agriculture. The concept is to work with farmers in rural areas to integrate biodiversity and their farming practices to make for sustainable, economical agriculture that’s both economical and practical for their agricultural landscapes but also host wild biodiversity of many types, with neutral or even positive effects […]

  • Sustainable agriculture embodies good stewardship of natural resources

    In Africa, agriculture is an important driver of rural development and a source of livelihood that continues to lift millions of people out of poverty. With climate change and threats to food security dominating various development discussions, both producers and policymakers are starting to shift their focus on having a plan to adopt sustainable agriculture […]

  • Kenya is the latest country to effect plastic ban to ease solid waste management

    The year 2017 will always be remembered as the year that Kenya banned the manufacturing, importation, and usage of plastic bags. Banning of plastic bags in Kenya has been one of the most contentious environmental debates in the recent past. Opponents of the plastic ban have always argued that the plastic sector fosters economic growth […]

  • Making Ends Meet: Bringing Stakeholders Together for Healthier Landscapes in Mozambique

    By Joao Moura, Natural Resource Management Specialist (Consultant), World Bank “What advice would you give to the Chinese Government when asked how to go about restoring and managing a highly degraded area as large as the Loess Plateau?” This was the first assignment given to groups participating in the training “Towards Resilient Landscapes” in Nampula, […]

  • Partnership makes strides in promoting sustainable land management in Africa

    Multi-year effort offers valuable lessons on how to halt land degradation and desertification. Improved land management strategies and technologies being used across sub-Saharan Africa are helping protect the environment, boost agricultural productivity, strengthen livelihoods and enhance food security, according to a new study. The document – published by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) […]

  • Africa addressing Climate Change through sustainable forest management

    PRESS RELEASE Africa addressing Climate Change through sustainable forest management. September 8, 2015 Continental leaders, senior government officials and international development agencies as well as private sector, farmer organisations and civil society gathered in Durban, South Africa on September 7th to 11th September 2015, putting a spotlight on forests and sustainable forestry management as an […]