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Kenya launches biodiversity and climate change strategy

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Kenya has launched a five-year strategy to integrate the conservation of genetic resources into national climate change adaptation planning and strategies. The national strategy on genetic resources within the context of climate change for 2016-2021 was launched last month (27 January). “Biodiversity is a valuable asset, which if appropriately leveraged, will provide most solutions to [...]

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Experts See Cotton made in Africa as a Sustainable Basis for the Growing Textile Industry in Ethiopia

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Cotton is the most widely used raw material for global textile production and the livelihood of millions of people in Africa. In East African Ethiopia, cotton is both farmed and manufactured into textiles for international trade. Rather than merely exporting this “white gold”, the country invests in the development of the entire textile value chain. [...]

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Project Everyone – engaging the world in ensuring a sustainable future

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Project Everyone is an ambitious new campaign which aims to share news and information about the global sustainable development goals with 7 billion people around the world – in just 7 days! Project Everyone was founded by Richard Curtis (film maker and founder of Comic Relief) and its aim is to make the global sustainable development [...]

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African symposium to address plant science, food security & sustainability linkages

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The upcoming African symposium on ‘Sustainable Food Security and Environmental Ecosystems for World Prosperity‘ will explore plant science, food security and environmental sustainability linkages. The discussions will be framed by the context of challenges and solutions to the impacts of climate change on the environment, food security, human health and livelihoods.   The Symposium will [...]

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Creating a #NewVision for the Future of our Planet

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Today marks World Environment Day – celebrated annually around the world on 5 June. This year the theme is “Seven billion dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” – reminding us that our futures and our aspirations for a better world are inextricably interlinked and that the solutions to global challenges like climate change will only [...]

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Global pollination services estimated to be worth billions

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According to a new study by IUCN and partners, global pollination services are estimated to be worth more than US$215 billion. Pollination is critical for food production and human livelihoods.   However, the conservation status of pollinating bird and mammal species is deteriorating, with more species moving towards extinction than away from it. Habitat loss from unsustainable agriculture was found to [...]

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Eating insects and the future of food security

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Edible insects have always been part of human diets. As the world’s population continues to grow alongside food security challenges and environmental pressures, eating insects is being discussed globally as a possible solution.   The consumption of insects, or entomophagy, is practiced by over 2 billion people worldwide. Over 1900 species of insects have been [...]

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World Food Day: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition

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World Food Day is celebrated annually on October 16th in honor of the foundation of the FAO in 1945. This year’s theme is “Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition”. The FAO estimates that almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. According to the FAO, unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment, threatening [...]

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11th UN Desertification Conference Opens in Namibia

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The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) opened this week in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme “A stronger UNCCD  for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”. During the two-week session, the 195 parties to the UNCCD will define the action needed to improve land management at all levels. They [...]

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Ecosystems, Climate Change and African Food Security

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Food security challenges affecting Africa are worsened by climate change – to address this, over 800 delegates from across Africa backed Ecosystems-Based Adaptation Approaches as a key tool in ensuring adequate food for all at the first meeting on African Food Security and Adaptation.    African agriculture is highly vulnerable to climate change and even in [...]

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