New project to aid seaweed R&D in developing nations

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] An initiative has received funding for research and development to address disease and pest infestations threatening the global seaweed industry, especially in developing countries. The outbreaks are causing dramatic 15 per cent yield declines, particularly in three major seaweed-producing countries of Tanzania, Philippines and Indonesia, resulting in catastrophic socio-economic impacts on …

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Tackling short-lived climate pollutants in Africa

By Baraka Rateng’ The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a global effort that unites governments, civil society organisations and the private sector in their commitments to improving air quality and protecting the environment from the impact of climate change. The CCAC aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants across sectors. The coalition also acts …

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Soybean farmers in east and southern Africa get a boost

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] Smallholder farmers in east and southern Africa could benefit from a project to innovate ways to help unlock barriers in regional soybean value chains. The UK-funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FoodTrade ESA) has awarded £1million (about US$1.2 million) to Classic Foods Limited of Kenya and Seba Foods Limited of Zambia …

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Online tool explores climate action plans

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] A new interactive online tool that helps countries to access and compare their priorities and ambitions related to climate action plans has been developed. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Explorer could contribute to the global climate action in the context of the UN climate negotiations, according to its developers. In 2013, …

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Poor nations’ economies grow with rising deforestation

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] Poor countries’ economic growth increases with deforestation rates but the effect disappears in wealthier economies, a study says. According to researchers, climatic factors and inadequate data make it difficult to establish the link between economic development and overexploitation of natural resources. But using satellite data, researchers were able to assess the …

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