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  • The Kyoto protocol and its projected impact on farming

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    Farmers may be among the worst affected group by adverse climate change conditions but at the same time, agriculture contributes up to  25 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emission through deforestation, agrochemicals manufacturing and emission from soils. The Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted at the third […]




  • Global Agriculture Leadership Awards presented during the 10th Agriculture Leadership Summit

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    Each year, the Indian Council for food and agriculture (ICFA) organizes an agriculture awards summit in India. In September 2017, the organization hosted the 10th agricultural leadership summit at the Taj Mahal. Since its inception, the global agriculture leadership awards bring together key stakeholders to deliberate on the constraints and opportunities in the food and […]




  • 2018 Africa Environment and Wangari Maathai Day Celebrations in Niger

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    As TerrAfrica and its partners celebrated the African Environment and Wangari Maathai Day in Niamey, Niger, on March 4, 2018 we are cognizant to the fact that Environmental management in Africa continues to be challenged by numerous constraints including population growth, economic and industrial development needs. The levels of environmental pollution and degradation are on the […]




  • The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) held in Bonn, Germany

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    The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) was held in Bonn, Germany. The annual conference provides a platform for negotiations pertaining to climate change. The 2017 conference was important as it was the second to be held after America announced its intention of leave from the Paris accord. As is the norm, COP 23 was quite heated […]




  • The first world aquaculture conference held in Cape Town, South Africa

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    In June 2017, Africa hosted the world aquaculture conference for the first time in forty-eight years since its inception. This notwithstanding, aquaculture has been gaining momentum in Africa as a strategy of attaining food security and alleviating poverty. Hosting of the aquaculture conference in Cape Town, South Africa was timely as Africa has been plagued […]




  • The 8th Africa day for food and nutrition security commemorated in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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    On November 18th, 2017 African Union member states commemorated the Africa day for food and nutrition security (ADFNS) in Abidjan. One of the key issues that have plagued the African continent and more so in the current decade is famine. As a result, millions of Africans have been subjected to prolonged hunger and acute malnutrition. […]




  • The 4th global science conference on climate-smart agriculture held in Johannesburg, South Africa

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    For the first time, Africa hosted the 4th global science conference on climate-smart agriculture. The conference was held between 28 November 2017 to 30 November 2017. Incepted four years ago, this annual scientific conference was formed with a goal of adapting to the man-made effects of climate change using smart agriculture. Climate-smart agriculture ultimately aims at attaining food […]




  • The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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    Since 1994, each year in June a day is set aside as the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) and the 2017 commemoration was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Desertification, simply described as the destruction of dry ecosystems is one of the direst problems of the twenty-first century. Sub-Saharan Africa has been plagued by drought […]




  • Misguided agricultural development and land use changes partly to blame for the water scarcity in Kenya

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    The shortage of water has become an incessant problem plaguing millions of Kenyans. Nairobi, the capital city whose name ironically means ‘cool waters’ has been perpetually characterized by water scarcity. The water crisis is reflected across the country where the lack of this basic need has become the norm. As a result, millions of Kenyans […]




  • The 4th SAWAP Conference held in Accra, Ghana

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    Accra, Ghana hosted this year’s  Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP) conference. Over the last couple of decades, the Sahel region has been plagued with desertification. This has resulted in the degradation of natural landscapes in the region. This has been as a result of rampant deforestation perpetuating desertification and land degradation in the region. […]




  • The East Africa food crisis among the worst humanitarian crises to hit the region in decades

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    Thousands of resources have been used to alleviate the unprecedented East Africa food crisis, consequently, the crisis had been termed as the region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades. This hunger crisis in East Africa is evidenced by the millions of people in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan that are in dire […]




  • The 13th CAADP partnership platform unveiled a tree planting exercise targeting 100 million trees in Africa by 2020

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    This year’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) partnership platform featured a tree planting ceremony. This event was organized by the Green-Aid sustainability forum to launch an initiative of recovering Africa’s forest cover by planting 100 million trees in the next three years. The root driver of this initiative stems from a need to restore […]




  • Sierra Leone Mudslide: A humanitarian crisis linked to poor land use planning and unrestricted deforestation

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    On the 14th August 2017, Freetown, Sierra Leone experienced one of the most devastating mudslides that left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Survivors recounted this tragedy in animated expressions of a moving mountain- a portrayal of the accelerating mudslide down Mount Sugar Hope. Photos from the aftermath of the Sierra Leone Mudslide are a vivid […]




  • South Africa’s water crisis shifts spotlight to water supply systems as rationing becomes imminent

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    Over the last couple of years, South Africa’s water reservoirs have dwindled significantly resulting in an unprecedented water crisis. Water is a prized resource that is why it is regarded as one of the essential human rights enforceable by several legal systems and human rights statutes. According to the South African constitution, ‘every person has […]




  • Where people and their land are safer

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    Every day throughout the African continent and the world, disasters undermine people’s capacities to develop and recover: prolonged droughts, floods and other events harm fertile landscapes and cause major destruction across many communities.  Ongoing depletion of natural resources limits people’s options to sustain their livelihoods and makes them more vulnerable to the perils to come. […]




  • Fighting land degradation at landscape scale : sustainable land and water management in Africa’s drylands and vulnerable landscapes

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    On the African continent, poverty reduction, economic development, and sustainability are deeply intertwined and dependent on the management of natural resources, such as land, water, forest, aquatic resources, and biodiversity, which provide the basis for livelihoods and economic sectors. These resources, however, are highly vulnerable and under stress due to climatic factors, population growth, and […]




  • Forest and Landscape Investment Forum (FLIF) Report

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     Investments needed to achieve the ambitious restoration goals to which countries committed in the context of the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests and their decentralized processes are huge. Between USD 36 and 49 billion of investments are needed every year to achieve these targets. The main barrier to tackling these amounts is […]




  • NEWS RELEASE

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    Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – backs land restoration with 4-million-hectare pledge Johannesburg, November 29, 2017 –  Nigeria has pledged to restore 4 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 as part of the AFR100 Initiative and Bonn Challenge, signalling the continuing drive across Africa to bring back productivity to its land. Twenty-six nations across […]