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New mobile app could help African farmers in a changing climate
09 January 2018

New mobile app could help African farmers in a changing climate

A new app has been developed to help farmers on the continent choose the right type of plants in response to climate change. The app, called African Tree Finder, has been developed by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and currently helps identify 80 tree species for specific agricultural uses. These include human consumption, wood production and medicinal uses.

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Innovation in agriculture is key to feeding Africa in the future
09 January 2018

Innovation in agriculture is key to feeding Africa in the future

A recent forum in South Africa has called on the continent to respond to the pressures of food demand and climate change. A renewed focus is especially needed on the practice of agricultural extension in responding to an expected doubling of demand for food by 2050 across the continent.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invests $300m to help farmers adapt to climate change
09 January 2018

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invests $300m to help farmers adapt to climate change

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recently pledged £300m on research to support farmers in Asia and Africa in the fight against climate change. The money will be spent over the next three years on new methods to support farming in its response to the environmental challenges brought about by climate change. These include rising temperatures, extreme weather, disease, and pests.

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Scientists urge action to save chocolate from climate change
09 January 2018

Scientists urge action to save chocolate from climate change

Academics have warned that the cacao plant used to make chocolate could entirely disappear by 2050 due to climate change. Half of the world’s chocolate is currently sourced from just two African countries: Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and changes in the amount of rain and sunshine could make growing the plant in these regions unsustainable.

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Interview with Pauline Wambeti, the Country Director of Nuru Kenya
09 January 2018

Interview with Pauline Wambeti, the Country Director of Nuru Kenya

Cross-industry collaboration can be further achieved by integrating appropriate ecosystems, making new, strategic business connections, building the local community’s capacity and be holding individuals accountable to their inclusion and diversity commitments.

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Webinar on Improving Adoption Of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies In Africa
02 January 2018

Webinar on Improving Adoption Of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies In Africa

Join our live webinar on ‘Improving Adoption Of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies In Africa’ taking place on 17th January 2018 at 10.00 BST (GMT +1) / 13.00 EDT.

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Heat-Tolerant Wheat Could Revolutionise The Agricultural Industry
02 January 2018

Heat-Tolerant Wheat Could Revolutionise The Agricultural Industry

In sub-Saharan Africa, scientists have recently discovered the production of heat-tolerant wheat. With increasing temperatures forecasted to lead to significant difficulties yielding high wheat production in future years, heat-tolerant wheat could revolutionise the agricultural industry.

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If Farmers cannot Farm, who will Feed the Hungry?
29 November 2017

If Farmers cannot Farm, who will Feed the Hungry?

Whilst the world’s population is increasing due to the rise of climate change, global food production will decline drastically up until 2050, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Ultimately the world needs to understand how poverty, climate change and hunger can be tackled together. Is climate-smart agriculture a strategy that recognises the link between all three?

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World Bank Investment in Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture
14 November 2017

World Bank Investment in Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture

The World Bank has recently approved a $250 million USD investment to the Climate-Smart Agriculture Project in Kenya. The main goal of the project is to “increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks for smallholder farming and pastoral communities.” The secondary goal of the project is to create a crisis response system for said stakeholders.

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17 Million People Worldwide Suffer From Food Insecurity
26 October 2017

17 Million People Worldwide Suffer From Food Insecurity

In 2016, 108 million people suffered “Emergency” levels of food insecurity, a 35 percent increase compared to the previous year. Earlier this month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released the 2017 Global Report on Food Crises, which highlights the highest number of food insecure people across the world.

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Responding to Climate Change with Climate Science in Kenya
26 October 2017

Responding to Climate Change with Climate Science in Kenya

Kenya, like many other climate vulnerable countries around the world, has experienced natural disasters and extreme weather at an alarming rate and immense intensity. The impacts of climate vulnerability and natural disasters disproportionately affect the infrastructure and resilience of a country like Kenya.

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Indigenous Africans Face Barriers in this Developing Continent
26 October 2017

Indigenous Africans Face Barriers in this Developing Continent

August 9th marks the annual International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. There are approximately 370 million indigenous people around the world. Indigenous people face more barriers than their non-indigenous counterparts. They make up 15% of those impoverished around the world, despite being only 5% of the global population.

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East Africa Facing a Hunger Crisis
26 October 2017

East Africa Facing a Hunger Crisis

East Africa is facing a monumental hunger crisis with 24 million people affected in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. 15 million children in the region are facing health risks due to ongoing drought and insecurity. Of them, approximately 800,000 are severely malnourished and at risk of starvation.

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[infographic] Global Child Health and Available Healthcare in Sub-Saharan East Africa
07 November 2016

[infographic] Global Child Health and Available Healthcare in Sub-Saharan East Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, a number of adverse conditions have placed children at high risk, including persistent and worsening poverty, an alarming pace of economic change, rapid population growth, increasing urbanisation and growing numbers of orphaned refugees and displaced women and children. The infographic was created in time for the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit.

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Morocco to raise $30bn for agriculture adaptation in Africa
01 November 2016

Morocco to raise $30bn for agriculture adaptation in Africa

A new initiative aims at mobilising US $30 billion to help the agriculture sector in African countries to adapt to climate change. The initiative has been launched by the Moroccan Government, which will also host COP22. During COP22, talks will be held in order to discuss African agricultural climate adaptation, and promising strategies will be showcased, so as to deliver food security throughout the continent.

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Lessons learned from the recent drought response in Ethiopia
04 October 2016

Lessons learned from the recent drought response in Ethiopia

​Drought, worsened by El Niño effects, is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of 10.2 million Ethiopians. The lack of rainfall, and subsequent great drought, has caused a massive spike in humanitarian needs, which are expected to continue through the remaining of 2016 and well into next year. Close to 200 Government, UN, NGO and donor representatives visited affected communities across Ethiopia’s nine regions to assess humanitarian needs of the people affected by the crisis.

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Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 Highlights
21 September 2016

Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 Highlights

Gathering 250+ representatives from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and private sector companies, the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 looked at how technological innovations and best practice can improve aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa. The AIDF Africa Summit provided comprehensive overview of the latest trends around humanitarian logistics, community health, WASH, security of aid workers and communities, camp management, mobile for development, financing, communication with communities and among aid agencies.

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Sustainable water management in African agriculture
21 September 2016

Sustainable water management in African agriculture

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where agriculture is predominantly rainfed, farmers’ access to water is often limited based on seasonal variation. Yet water scarcity in the region is not necessarily caused by a physical lack of water, but rather by an ‘economic water scarcity’. This implies that the necessary public investments in water resources and infrastructure are not substantial enough to meet water demands in an area where people do not have the means to make use of water sources on their own. In fact, in many parts of SSA there is plenty of water available.

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Kenya: Frozen lives of refugee populations
21 September 2016

Kenya: Frozen lives of refugee populations

Kenya has one of the largest refugee populations in the world. The East African country hosts over 600,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers. They are mostly from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Burundi and Uganda. The majority of refugees in Kenya live in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. It is estimated that more than 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers live in Kenya’s urban areas.

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Interview with Lena Wahlhed, Director Alliance Development, HemoCue at AIDF Africa Summit 2016
21 September 2016

Interview with Lena Wahlhed, Director Alliance Development, HemoCue at AIDF Africa Summit 2016

HemoCue is a global leader in a field of near patient testing. Our solutions are being used in high end hospitals as well as in the most rural undeveloped villages – without compromising accuracy. They are being used in emergency situations, in standard routine care as well as in mobile screening programs and mobile hospitals – in any climate. We have been on the African continent since > 15 years.

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