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#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 16 hours ago

'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages

Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king

18 hours ago

Springster, BBM Messenger launch Girl Talk in SA, Nigeria

Springster, NGO Girl Effect's global mobile-first platform for vulnerable young women, has partnered with Creative Media Works (operating as BBM Messenger) to launch Girl Talk

3 days ago

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

Ecocean harvests baby fish, nurtures them onshore and then returns them to the sea after a short acclimatisation period in an underwater "bio-hut" or nursery

3 days ago

Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws

Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales

3 days ago

Role of secure tenure rights in eradicating hunger, poverty

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance

12 Oct 2017

Chad extends key conservation area in national park

Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group

12 Oct 2017

#GBCSA2017: Celebrating 10 years of green building in SA

Founded in 2007 by Bruce Kerswill, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) turns 10 this year

By Sindy Peters 11 Oct 2017

African female entrepreneurs can apply for Y-HER accelerator

African female entrepreneurs have been invited to apply for the Y-HER Accelerator Programme, which offers mentorship and a total of US$50,000 in prize funding

By Tom Jackson 11 Oct 2017

How urban food demand can spark urban renewal, transformation

Rural areas have vast potential for economic growth in terms of food production and related sectors. Unlocking this often neglected potential is key to achieving the 2030 development agenda

10 Oct 2017

GBCSA announces rebrand of Green Star SA rating system

Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) Green Star SA rating system has been rebranded Green Star Africa to support its uptake throughout the continent

9 Oct 2017

The immense challenge of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa

12 million hectares of arable land are being lost each year globally, to desertification and drought, when 20 million tonnes of cereals could have been cultivated in this area

By Nabil Ben Khatra, Maud Loireau 9 Oct 2017

FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing

"Healthy oceans are a vital condition for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"

9 Oct 2017

Activists condemn craze for wild animal selfies

The craze for tourists taking selfies alongside wild animals, then posting on Instagram is fueling cruel treatment of iconic species in the Amazon, activists warn

6 Oct 2017

Tusk royal patron Prince William honours Africa's wildlife warriors

The 2017 Tusk Conservation Awards winners were revealed in Cape Town on Wednesday evening, 4 October

5 Oct 2017

'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables

The renewable energy sector is growing faster than expected, driven largely by a "new era" in solar power and strong expansion in China, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday, 4 October

5 Oct 2017

World Bank approves $20m for sustainable fisheries, marine conservation in Seychelles

The conservation of Seychelles' marine resources and seafood value chains will benefit from a $20m package approved by the World Bank

5 Oct 2017

Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger

Last year about 11% of the total human population (approximately 850 million people on the planet) suffered from daily hunger

By Evan Fraser 4 Oct 2017

R16m solar farm installed at Randridge Mall

As part of its sustainability strategy, Emira Property Fund has installed a R16m solar farm on the roof of its Randridge Mall in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg

3 Oct 2017

FNB @Parkside achieves five-star Green Star Africa As Built rating

FNB @Parkside in Namibia is the first five-star Green Star rated building in Namibia and Africa, outside South Africa, after being awarded its As Built rating by the Green Building Council

3 Oct 2017

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International

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday, 6 October, announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

9 Oct 2017

Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world

As balconies bristle with tree branches and sunshine dapples the leaves of thousands of plants, two apartment buildings in the heart of Milan have almost disappeared under lush forest.

9 Oct 2017

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