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  • Mainstreaming gender perspectives in climate change policies a step in the right direction

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    The effects of climate change are often felt disproportionately based on gender. This has necessitated integration of gender perspectives in the development of climate change policies. Although scientific approaches are important, there is a growing comprehension of the need to account for socio-cultural variables in responses to climate change. Indubitably, the effects of climate change are […]




  • The Green Belt Movement: Holistic sustainability not just environmental activism

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    The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that was founded in 1977 by Nobel laureate Professor Wangari Maathai, as an offshoot of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK). The organization works with communities to particularly conserve the environment, empower women and improve livelihoods. The Green Belt Movement envisions a society driven […]




  • The carbon budget and agriculture’s significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions

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    The carbon budget is the acceptable quantity of greenhouse gas emission that can be emitted at a given time. This budget is, however, expected to ensure that temperatures stay within limits in order to avoid the worsening impacts of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental body under the United Nations, projects that the […]




  • Integrating agroforestry in the Congo Forest

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    The Congo Basin rainforest covers nearly 2 million sq. km with nearly two-thirds of the Congo Basin forest cover being in the DRC while Cameroon and Congo claim 10 per cent and 9.61 per cent respectively. The UN estimates that at the beginning of the 21st century some 1.6 billion people around the world, including many […]




  • Water catchment areas in Kenya threatened by encroachment

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    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 […]




  • Sea-level rise a threat to coastal zones of West Africa as erosion and salinization reduce arable land

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    The West African coastal zone is subject to erosion and the resulting inland movement is reducing the already limited arable land. This sea-level rise along the coastal zone is bound to have a series of negative ramifications. In West Africa, coastal zones are core contributors to the GDP vis-à-vis tourism, fishing, and other economic activities. […]




  • Agriculture technology for profitable, efficient and environmental friendly farming in Africa

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    Agriculture in Africa is the backbone of the economic system that supports food security, nutrition security, sustainable development & poverty alleviation. This sector is one of the most viable sources of livelihood capable of sustaining economic growth in the continent, it engages 65 per cent of the continent’s labor force, therefore, agricultural output in Sub-Saharan […]




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

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    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 […]




  • Land reforms in Zimbabwe opened up 17.3 million acres of lands to indigenous people

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    Since independence,  land ownership has been an emotive issue and a constant source of political conflicts between the indigenous people and white settlers in Zimbabwe. Land ownership was at the center stage of the conflict because over  50%  of the fertile prime land was owned by the white settlers leaving  Zimbabweans, who are the majority, […]




  • Soil productivity decline in Africa draws attention to the role of agricultural extension services

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    Agricultural extension plays a significant role in the development of agriculture in developing regions of the world since it provides a channel through which challenges facing farmers can be researched upon and modifications made to policies upon recommendation. Agricultural extension is described as the application of scientific methods such as research and knowledge to agricultural […]




  • The Great Green Wall continues to give attention and resources to a neglected region

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    Finding solutions for the growing desertification has become a key goal for many concerned partners and governments in Africa. It is estimated that 60 million people from sub-Saharan Africa would have to migrate by 2020 because of the effects of growing desertification. In response to this threat of desertification, an 8-billion-dollar concept was conceptualized.  The […]




  • Mozambique joins list of African countries with field tests for genetically modified crops

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    Genetically modified crops are quickly being acknowledged in Africa as evidenced by Mozambique’s initiative to set up field tests. Mozambique’s actions are a reflection of an accelerated adoption of biotechnology in Africa. This year’s world food day theme focused on investments in food security. Indubitably, this was an appropriate theme as the African continent is […]




  • The status of land degradation and development in Africa

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    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 […]




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

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    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 […]