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  • 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 an alteration in global or regional climate patterns and attributes this to the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (Greenhouse effect). A World Bank report […]




  • The Green Revolution as a safety net for Africa’s small-scale farmers

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    Over the years, drought, soil infertility, pests and diseases besides lack of capital investments in agriculture have been the biggest impediments to the green revolution in Africa, therefore, posing a major setback to food security. The Green revolution was a major initiative aimed at boosting crop production through the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers […]




  • The concept of community forests underpins sustainable forest management in Cameroon

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    While the idea of creating ways for community self-sustainability is noble, it often hits a snag in Africa, mainly because of poverty and lack of structures but also because of rampant corruption and lack of education on how to properly utilize resources. A good example of this is the Kongo forest in Cameroon where the […]




  • Synopsis of the Country Strategic Investment Framework

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    The Strategic Investment Program for SLM in Sub-Saharan Africa ( SIP) is the response from the GEF to support SSA countries in pursuing the multi-sector, long-term programmatic approaches needed to upscale SLM. The CSIF is a framework under which, a country identifies priority areas for SLWM intervention, core actions to be undertaken across sectors, and […]




  • Lack of political goodwill constraints compliance the Maputo Declaration

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    Agriculture has been described as the backbone of the economy in many countries across the globe.  For most countries, national independence is largely influenced by agricultural development as it enables the population to escape the scourge of food insecurity which undermines sovereignty and fosters sedition; it is a driver of growth whose leverage is now […]




  • Greenhouse gas emission still a challenge to climate change mitigation

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    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  bulletin reports on global greenhouse gas emissions indicate that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere gradually increased to 403.3 parts per million in the year  2016 compared to 400.00 parts per million in 2015. The report further cited human activities and increasing occurrences of Elnino as the major causes […]




  • Engaging youth in agriculture for climate change adaptation and food security

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    Agriculture is a source of livelihood for more than one million people living in Africa and for that reason, it is a potential solution to unemployment and food insecurity. The rapid rate of agricultural growth in Africa has opened up new investment opportunities and enhanced efforts to tackling food insecurity, unemployment, and poverty. Rising demands […]




  • Food insecurity and reduced income are major socioeconomic effects of land fragmentation in Uganda

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    Land fragmentation is a popular phenomenon in Uganda that has resulted in food insecurity and reduced income. In Africa, land tenure can be obtained through a variety of means. These include buying, gift, leasing, and inheritance through ancestral tenure. The latter is the most integral cause of land fragmentation in Uganda. Simply put, land fragmentation […]




  • The Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers: Low compliance as application rates are still below recommendations

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    Farmers in Africa face a variety of constraints, including low productivity of cultivated lands, limited access to new agricultural technologies and the lack of markets for their products. Without adequate inputs, farmers are not able to meet the food needs of their own families, much less those of a rapidly growing population. Smallholder farmers make up […]




  • Sustainable agriculture embodies good stewardship of natural resources

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    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 […]




  • Contract farming turning Africa’s soil into a source of productivity and food security

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    The increased demand for agricultural products in developed countries together with globalization presents a great opportunity for the export of agricultural products from Africa. However, poor farmers in Sub Saharan Africa face several constraints that prevent them from taking advantage of these opportunities. Contract farming presents viable opportunities for linkages between growers of an agricultural […]




  • 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 […]




  • Smart farming strengthening capacity for sustainable land and water management in arid lands

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    The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reports that about 500 million smallholder farms around the world provide livelihoods for more than 2 billion people and produce about 80% of the food in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In Africa, smallholder farmers consist of 70% of the population, making up the largest private sector group that […]




  • The Sahel Food Crisis: A look at the underlying causes of vulnerability to food insecurity in the region

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    Millions of people in West Africa are at risk of malnutrition and imminent premature death resulting from the chronic food crisis in the Sahel. Figuratively, the Sahel means a coast- an implication of the zone being ashore to the vast Sahara Desert. This shore is however not a beacon of hope as the Sahel has […]




  • Sustainable intensive farming: Africa’s solution to low crop yields, hunger problems

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    Food crisis trap that threatens the African continent is primarily the result of lack of investment in the agricultural sector. For many smallholder households trapped in poverty, land is the only significant capital asset that they have from which they can generate economic livelihoods. These households have labor but returns to this labor is low. […]




  • Climate Change Fund and adaptation financing gap gradually narrowing due to increased allocations

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    With the impact of climate change being felt in various parts of the world especially Africa, a larger portion of the population is bearing the brunt. Africa’s GDP has dropped by 1.4 per cent rapidly eating into the livelihood of millions of people in Africa. In order to build a resilient population, there is need […]