Plantain helps to address food security in Nigeria
Nov18

Plantain helps to address food security in Nigeria

  Nigeria is the largest producer of plantain in West Africa, with an annual production of about 2.4 million metric tons, according to a recent report from the Forum For Agricultural Research in Africa ( FARA). Analysis. By Oluwasoyo Folarin   Nigeria is the largest producer of plantain in West Africa, with an annual production of about 2.4 million metric tons, according to a recent report from the Forum For Agricultural Research in Africa ( FARA), the technical  arm of the African Union Commission (AUC) on matters concerning agricultural science, technology and innovation. Plantain is healthy Plantain consumption helps to address food security and plantain flour is also seen as healthy with nutritious values, according to the study. Plantain has diverse use in medicine, industries and households. These uses has made it demand upsurge in the last decade and positioned the food crop as a viable product for export. One of the major derivative of plantain is plantain flour which is used in the production of baking pastries, waffles, pancakes, breads, soups & more. The constraints There are numerous opportunities to be harness by investors along the crop value chain. The plantain industry should be developed with favorable policies and strong support from the Nigeria government to ease difficulty of business, and integrating strategic investment in plantain, specified the researchers. There are three major constraints with plantain production. Farmers have to deal with the changing climate( off-season, on- season), the menace of pest and disease linked to climate change  and the access to finance to determine the price of their plantains. The value chain of Plantain Adeolu Babatunde Ayanwale, Fatunbi Oluwole Abiodun and Ojo Mathew Pau, three  researchers from FARA analyzed the various activities of the key actors in the plantain value chain across the southwest region, one of the major centers of plantain production in Nigeria. The study shows that about 49% of farming households are producing plantain as their main crop. 82% of the farmers belong to farmers association, while about 64% also belong to cooperative societies. 90% of the farmers needs 180,000 Naira ( 432 euros) to fill the financing gap. However, membership of cooperative society can have access easily to credit, noted the researchers. The analysis collected data from 300 producers from six states: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo. The study has selecting 15 marketers, processors and consumers per state to give a total of 45 respondents for marketers, processors and consumers respectively. According to the researchers, plantain production is mainly dominated by males, monogamously married with an average age of 49 years old and a primary school education. Plantain production is becoming...

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Lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités à Paris
Oct30

Lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités à Paris

Lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités à Paris Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique ( CGLU Afrique) et le gouvernement du Maroc ont annoncé  ce mardi à Paris le lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités. Explications. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique ( CGLU Afrique) et le gouvernement du Maroc ont annoncé  ce mardi à Paris le lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités. «  Le lancement international du Sommet a  lieu à Paris, parce qu’il existe une proximité entre l’Europe et l’Afrique et nous avons l’habitude d’organiser nos conférences de presse à Paris  » a expliqué M. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, secrétaire général de CGLU Afrique. En 2015, CGLU Afrique a en effet organisé une conférence de presse à Paris pour annoncer le lancement international du 7ème Sommet Africités à Johannesbourg  ( Afrique du Sud). Africités 8 intervient deux ans avant le Sommet France/Afrique, prévu en 2020 et consacré à la ville durable, rappelle M. Elong Mbassi. Africités a 20 ans Elément phare de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique, le Sommet Africités est organisé depuis 20 ans  tous les trois ans par roulement dans une ville africaine, mobilisant les autorités locales, les gouvernements, les villes et divers acteurs du continent, mais aussi d’autres régions du monde. Cette année, ce Sommet se déroulera sous le Haut  Patronage du  Roi Mohammed VI, au Village Africités sur le site Bab Jdid à Marrakech, Maroc, du 20 au 24 novembre 2018. Thème choisi : La transition vers les villes et territoires durables : le rôle des collectivités territoriales d’Afrique. «  Ce Sommet sera une  opportunité d’impliquer la population dans la gestion des affaires locales, » a indiqué Mouloud Bargayou,  parlementaire marocain et président de la Commune rurale de Bzou, province d’Azilal dans la région de Tadla-Azilal, dans le nord-ouest du Maroc. Pour le parlementaire marocain,  ce sommet marquera 20 ans de panafricanisme et s’intégrera dans le cadre de l’agenda Afrique 2063, une vision et un plan d’action sur 50 ans développés par l’Union Africaine depuis 2013  sur la base de valeurs partagées et communes. «  Africités est un espace de mobilisation sans précédent et le Maroc est favorable à  la transition économique et au partage avec les agences locales, » souligne M. Bargayou. Ce sommet verra la présence de 5000 participants dont 2500 villes, 750 maires, 500 exposants, 35 ministres et 40 partenaires. Cette huitième édition sera ponctuée par 100 sessions. Son ambition : contribuer à la localisation de tous les agendas nationaux et internationaux relatifs au développement durable et à la lutte contre les changements climatiques. Africités  se déroulera  en cinq jours avec cinq thèmes transversaux : la transition démographique et l’urbanisation, la transition écologique,...

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PRE COP 24 – A key preparatory meeting before COP24
Oct25

PRE COP 24 – A key preparatory meeting before COP24

PRE COP 24 – A key preparatory meeting before COP24 By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Following the calls for strong action by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the International Energy Agency’s latest report on rising emissions from the energy sector, a  key preparatory meeting for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24)  took place during two days  in Krakow Poland. During this Pre-COP, Ministers from 35 countries met to prepare a successful outcome at COP24 according to the UNFCCC Communication department . Taking place in Katowice, Poland in December, COP24 is critical as countries are set to adopt a full and balanced set of guidelines that will tell the world how to implement the Paris Agreement transparently and fairly for all, warns the UNFCCC communication department. In addition to the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement, COP24 will also see the high-level political phase of the Fiji-led Talanoa Dialogue, which aims to assess progress towards the temperature goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. Ministers had open and frank discussions at the Pre-COP, emphasizing the sense of urgency and underlining the need for a solid outcome at COP24, recalled the UNFCCC Communication department. Ministers discussed the key issues of the implementation guidelines, which include transparent action with respect to o    adaptation to climate change impacts o    ambitious emission reductions, o    with strong means of implementation to support developing countries, in the form of technology cooperation, capacity building, and, especially financial support. But for the Least Developed countries’s chairman, Gebru Gembers, it is not a simple process.  “The IPCC report has made even clearer the need for the Paris Rulebook to properly reflect the breadth of action required by all countries to achieve the Agreement’s 1.5°C goal”, he said earlier when the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report. And  he added: “Countries must deliver a robust Rulebook that will ensure adequate action to cut emissions, adapt to climate change and address loss and damage, and that support is provided to enable poorer countries to do the same.” For Gebru Gember, who is from Ethiopia, the IPCC report confirms that loss and damage resulting from climate change will only worsen with further warming with much greater losses at 2°C than at 1.5°C. And it urgent to find concrete solutions. “It is particularly vulnerable countries like the least developed countries that are worst affected by the devastating impacts of climate change and bear the greatest cost from the damage it causes, despite contributing the least to the problem. This injustice must be addressed by the international community through the provision of support for dealing with loss and damage,” he said. During the...

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Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook
Oct24

Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook

Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Olumide Idowu, a nigerian activist  has  been engaging youth in Nigeria and Africa in general for 10 years,  with making their voice to be heard both “offline and online” .  Last August, he was invited by the UN Environment office in Nairobi, Kenya to meet the UN Environment officials for proper integration and unveiling him as the Youth Author for Global Environment Outlook.He was  selected based as a Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook on his commitment towards climate actions. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is UN Environment’s flagship integrated environmental assessment published every 4-5 years. It is intended to report on the state of the global environment, the extent and effectiveness of existing policy responses in addressing major environmental challenges and the prospects or outlook for the environment over the foreseeable future. GEO for Youth The GEO for Youth product is produced by, and adapted for, a youth audience from 15 to 25 years old. It is meant to stimulate dialogue within the youth community on environmental themes and issues, as well as to educate and provide capacity building tools to foster active youth commitment for achieving sustainable development. Olumide will be carrying out the following assignment as the Lead Author for GEO4Youth ·         Take The Overall Responsibility For Coordinating And Drafting Assigned Sections To Given Deadlines. ·         Actively Participate In The Geo-6 Communities Of Practice (Cop) And Work Closely With The Secretariat Staff To Provide Oversight Of The Cop Content; ·         Provide Leadership At Authors Meetings To Deliver Drafts For Each Section Of The Report; ·         Ensure That Manuscripts Are Completed To A High Standard, Collated And Delivered To The Secretariat In A Timely Manner And Conform To Un Environment-Provided Guidelines For Scientific Credibility; ·         Ensure That All Review Comments Are Dealt With According To Un Environment-Provided Specific Guidelines; ·         Develop Text That Is Scientifically And Technically Sound, And Socio-Economically Relevant Incorporating Contributions By A Wide Variety Of Experts And In Line With The Main Assessment; ·         Ensure That Any Crosscutting Scientific Or Technical Issues, Which May Involve Several Sections Of The Geo-6 For Youth Are Addressed In A Complete And Coherent Manner; ·         Take Responsibility For Referring To The Secretariat Any Scientific Credibility Issues, Such As Uncertainties And Use Of Grey Literature ·         Provide Oversight Of Educational And Advocacy Innovative Products In Support To The Main Assessment ·         Identifying Outreach Opportunities For The Geo For...

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Nouvelle prise de fonction pour Fatima Denton
Sep27

Nouvelle prise de fonction pour Fatima Denton

Nouvelle prise de fonction pour Fatima Denton Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Depuis le 10 septembre dernier,  Fatima Denton est la nouvelle Directrice de l’Université des Nations Unies pour les Ressources Naturelles en Afrique.Elle est dorénavant à la tête de l’Institut qui contribue au développement durable, à la gestion et à la gouvernance des ressources naturelles renouvelables et non renouvelables en Afrique. Basé à Accra au Ghana, cet institut mène des recherches et des formations à travers un réseau structuré au Cameroun, en Côte d’Ivoire, en Namibie, au Sénégal, et en Zambie. Un espoir pour l’Afrique Cette nouvelle expérience pour Fatima Denton est porteuse d’espoirs, selon le l’Université des Nations Unies. « La nomination de Fatima Denton comme Directrice est une promesse de développement pour la famille entière de l’Université des Nations Unies, » a déclaré récemment le recteur et secrétaire adjoint de l’Université, David Malone.  Fatima Denton apportera, selon ses dires,  une expertise profonde dans la gestion des ressources naturelles en Afrique ainsi que des connaissances profondes dans la recherche et la politique de développement. «  En tant que nouvelle directrice de l’Université des Nations Unies pour les ressources naturelles en Afrique, je vais poursuivre l’important travail de mon prédécesseur, Dr Elias Ayuk, en encourageant les partenariats stratégiques et en développant de forts et réciproques liens avec de nouvelles parties prenantes, »  a déclaré Dr Denton lors de sa nomination en août dernier. Et d’ajouter : «  J’espère élaborer des politiques pertinentes,  des projets de recherches à impact élevé. » Qui est Fatima Denton ? Originaire de la Gambie, Fatima Denton est polyglotte. Elle parle notamment l’anglais et le Français. Elle est fonctionnaire des Nations Unies depuis de nombreuses années. De 2012 à 2018, elle a  occupé le  double poste de Directrice du département de gestion des ressources naturelles et coordinatrice du Centre africain pour la politique en matière de climat  à la Commission Economique pour l’Afrique ( CEA). Doctorante en sciences politiques, Mme Denton  a  auparavant travaillé au Danemark  comme  scientifique de l’énergie pour le Centre Risoe du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement ( ONU Environnement aujourd’hui). Le centre Risoe a pour objectif  d’intégrer les aspects environnementaux et de développement dans la planification énergétique au niveau de la politique mondiale, avec un accent spécifique dans  les pays en voie de développement. Dr Denton a aussi été chef du programme du Centre de Recherche International basé au Canada ( IDRC), dans lequel elle a dirigé des recherches percutantes notamment une recherche importante sur un programme d’adaptation aux changements climatiques porté par plus de 100 initiatives, dont  40 projets dans 33 pays d’Afrique. Elle a aussi travaillé comme gestionnaire de programme sur l’Energie au Sénégal pour...

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New York Climate Week: “We need to recognize the urgency we face”- Patricia Espinosa
Sep25

New York Climate Week: “We need to recognize the urgency we face”- Patricia Espinosa

New York Climate Week: “We need to recognize the urgency we face”- Patricia Espinosa At the opening ceremony of New York Climate Week on monday 24th, the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, called for more urgency in taking climate action and stressed the need for leadership and a committed multilateral response. Her address   Seventhy-three years ago, nations—ravaged by war, weary of its costs—pledged to achieve what had, for the first half of the century, been impossible: a lasting peace. The signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco was more than an agreement to get along. It established a rules-based international order, championed multilateralism over self-interest, and clarified that the path forward was not through conflict but collaboration.We bear the fruit of that work. Today, many are healthier, better educated, and more peaceful than at any point in history.ut humanity faces a new challenge; one that threatens current and future generations. The Paris Agreement Climate change is an opponent we shaped with our own hands, but whose power now threatens to overwhelm us. Throughout the world, extreme heatwaves, wildfires, storms and floods are leaving a trail of devastation and death.Developing countries suffer the worst, but climate change affects all nations—directly and indirectly. It’s a challenge that a rules-based international order is custom-designed to address—which led to the Paris Agreement. Like the UN Charter itself, its signing was an unprecedented multilateral success. But nations are not living up to what they promised. Under it, nations agreed to limit climate change to 2-degrees Celsius—ideally 1.5C. These targets are the bare minimum to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But what nations have currently pledged under Paris will bring the global temperature up about 3C by 2100. Let us be clear: low ambition leads to a future where humanity no longer controls its own fate—runaway climate change does. Recent negotiations in Bangkok on the Paris Agreement’s implementation guidelines made some progress, but not enough. Recognizing the urgency We must therefore work harder than ever between now and COP24 to complete this work. We need to see leadership, we need to recognize the urgency we face, and we need to make a commitment to a decisive multilateral response. We have no other option. This means that we must listen to the voices of billions who understand that time itself is a dwindling resource when it comes to climate change. We must listen also to those who understand that addressing climate change provides extraordinary opportunity and are acting. Just as 73 years ago the UN Charter was signed in San Francisco and then moved to New York City……we’ve also just arrived from...

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