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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Rice is the primary food source for more than three billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories.

By Kristie Ebi 13 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

A rise in child labour in agriculture is threatening the well-being of millions of children - undermining efforts to end global hunger and poverty, warns Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

13 Jun 2018

First waste management report for Africa released
First waste management report for Africa released

Launched at the recent Sustainability Week in Pretoria, the United Nations Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have released a report outlining the state of waste management in Africa.

12 Jun 2018

FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change
FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change

The Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s Readiness Programme, which aims to build capacity in developing countries to implement country-led national climate adaptation and mitigation plans, has been adopted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). FAO, under the Paris Agreement, will support 10 projects in countries such as Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, limit global temperature rise by 2% and support agriculture and food security systems to the effects of climate change.

12 Jun 2018

African Development Bank launches coding for employment program
African Development Bank launches coding for employment program

The African Development Bank, together with partners - The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook - launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

12 Jun 2018

Why Africa stands to benefit if rise in global temperatures is kept to 1.5°C
Why Africa stands to benefit if rise in global temperatures is kept to 1.5°C

At the end of the century, if carbon emissions aren't reduced faster, the global temperature is likely to be 2.6°C to 4.8°C higher than it was in 1986-2005. Africa could be even hotter than that, to the tune of between 3°C and 6°C.

By Shingirai Nangombe 12 Jun 2018

39 countries hit by severe food insecurity
39 countries hit by severe food insecurity

According to Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations' (FAO) new Crop Prospective and Food Situation report, global food supply conditions remain sufficient, but conflicts and adverse weather conditions continue to aggravate and prolong severe food insecurity. The list, comprising 39 countries, is up by two countries from the last report in March, with the addition of Cabo Verde and Senegal.

11 Jun 2018

Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment
Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment

The Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles is the latest destination to ban the use of single-use plastic straws to protect and conserve the environment. The ban, approved by the cabinet of ministers in early June, will include straws used in cocktails and other drinks. However, the ban will exempt plastic straws attached to juice packets.

11 Jun 2018

Khi Solar One near Upington. Photo: Wikicommons
How sub-Saharan Africa can harness its big electricity opportunities

Electricity lifts people out of poverty and improves their health and standards of living. Yet 1.3 billion of the world's people don't have access to it. And more than half of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Mercè Labordena 11 Jun 2018

Dr Tony Ribbink, Sustainable Seas Trust CEO
Tackling the plastic waste problem in Africa

Africa has the dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet, and therefore must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods to avoid an environmental and socio-economic disaster.

11 Jun 2018