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

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    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 […]




  • Climate change action plan to address Africa’s adaptation gap

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    Changing climate is causing extreme weather conditions thus affecting millions of people, threatening global food and water security, and putting enormous challenges to agricultural production. The World Bank warns that by 2030 if no further action is taken to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emission, up to 100 million people will face extreme poverty, […]




  • In Africa, soil degradation is linked to intensification of agriculture due to growing demand for food

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    Soil degradation is described as a decline in quality and condition of soil due to improper use or management. Degraded soil undermines the productive potential of land and reduces food production. Agricultural, trade and ecology experts regard soil as the cornerstone of food security and agricultural development. According to the World Map on Status of […]




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

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    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 […]




  • Agricultural training can help boost agricultural productivity in Africa

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    Agriculture plays a vital role in  Africa’s  economy and it is a  source of employment for the youth. To achieve“Zero hunger in Africa”, efforts towards improving agricultural production and poverty eradication in  Africa encompass training as the most fundamental tool to achieving agricultural development. Agricultural training has the potential to address a myriad of problems […]




  • The gradual adoption of sustainable agriculture in rural Africa puts into perspective farmers’ awareness of associated benefits

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    In Africa, it is known that hunger and malnutrition are not just a problem of food availability, but also a problem of access to food. The advancement of the agricultural sector has greatly improved the food security in Africa. Sustainable agricultural methods are being adopted gradually across the continent and have gone a long way […]




  • Sahel drought deepens food insecurity, armed conflict and pushes millions of people into extreme poverty

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    For several years now, drought in the Sahel region of West Africa has been devastating depriving millions of people of their livelihood. The Sahel region covers Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Eritrea. The occurrence of drought in the region has led to an environmental crisis, food insecurity, and political instability. The Intergovernmental […]




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

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    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 […]




  • Agricultural transformation in increasing the adoption of climate change and mitigation measures

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    Agriculture remains one of the leading sectors in Africa’s economy and a source of income for over 60 per cent of the population in the continent. Growing population translates into a higher demand for food security thus the need for improved productivity. During the 19th and early 20th century, agriculture in Africa was faced with many […]




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

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    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 […]




  • Tree planting campaigns seek to influence local participation renewing hope for endangered trees in Africa

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    Tree planting campaigns offer much needed hope for endangered trees in Africa. For decades Africa’s trees have contended with the danger of extinction. Trees such as the baobab and Southern Africa’s quiver tree have reduced significantly and face extinction in many countries. This danger is a direct result of high levels of deforestation in sub-Saharan […]




  • The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a national pride for Ethiopia but a concern for Egypt

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    The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a staggering development located approximately 500 km north west of the capital Addis Ababa, in the region of Benishangul – Gumaz along the Blue Nile. At 1,800 m long, 155 m high and with a total volume of 74,000 million m³, the dam will be the largest dam […]




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

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    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 […]




  • The Amanzi project is helping farmers in South Africa adopt a rainwater harvesting culture

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    Adoption of rainwater harvesting by South African farmers is the latest initiative being implemented by the Water Research commission through the Amanzi project. In the last couple of years, South Africa has experienced unprecedented levels of drought. Climatic projections indicate that these drought levels are set to get worse. As a result, the country is […]




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

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    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 […]




  • Adoption of measures to halt or reverse climate change will keep extreme poverty at bay

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    The current surface temperatures on our planet are the warmest recorded since modern weather pattern monitoring methods were put into operation in late 1800’s. Climate change refers to the alteration in global or regional climate patterns and attributes this to the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (Greenhouse effect). If these atmospheric carbon […]




  • Access to reliable weather data could boost yields for African farmers

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    Africa’s economy greatly relies on agriculture, mostly carried out by smallholder farmers. Recently, smallholder farmers have increased in numbers gradually bringing about improved overall food security in Africa. Farmers in rural areas are however vulnerable to weather changes that can adversely affect their crops. Lack of access to weather source information and underequipped weather stations that […]