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Can African grantmakers transcend past development strategies

Jenny Hodgson 21 July 2015   In 2014, the outbreak of Ebola in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone sent a chill around the world. The … Continue Reading Can African grantmakers transcend past development strategies

AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant making foundation that supports local, national and regional organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the achievement of gender … Continue Reading AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Asia’s prized climate-resilient cash crop

New CGIAR brief highlights cassava’s transformation from a humble to a prized, climate-resilient crop in AsiaCLICK TO TWEET 25 June, 2015 by Georgina Smith (comments) Seeds of change In Southeast Asia, cassava is … Continue Reading Asia’s prized climate-resilient cash crop

Cool heads over global warming

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 Magazine  9  84 ShareThis Smoke from wildfires across the western US fill the horizon as the sun sets over Utah Lake  this month. Photo: Reuters Time is short but it is still … Continue Reading Cool heads over global warming

There’s another way to combat climate change — but let’s not call it geoengineering

August 25, 2015 12.19am EDT  Email  Twitter124  Facebook154  LinkedIn20  Print No matter how much we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will not be enough to keep global warming below 2C – … Continue Reading There’s another way to combat climate change — but let’s not call it geoengineering

As Uses of Biochar Expand, Climate Benefits Still Uncertain

Research shows that biochar made from plant fodder and even chicken manure can be used to scrub mercury from power plant emissions and clean up polluted soil. The big question … Continue Reading As Uses of Biochar Expand, Climate Benefits Still Uncertain

Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio

18 August, 2015 by Stephanie Malyon (comments) After decades of neglect, in part due to the long term nature of soils research and the short term nature of development funding, soils research is … Continue Reading Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio

The Great African Water Grab?

The great African water grab? By James Clarke on August 27, 2015 Foreign direct investment in African agriculture could bring great benefits, but there are risks too. “Buy land, they’re … Continue Reading The Great African Water Grab?

Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture

Bringing science and development together through original news and analysis Speed read Food systems may cause a quarter of human-related greenhouse emissions ‘Climate smart’ methods such as intercropping and no-till … Continue Reading Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture

Multiple ways for Congo Basin forests to flourish and deliver: study

91 Two hundred million hectares, and sixty million people. That’s the size and feeding power of the forests of the Congo Basin – the second largest expanse of tropical forest in the … Continue Reading Multiple ways for Congo Basin forests to flourish and deliver: study

Can REDD+ shift the tide against elite capture of forest benefits? Probably not

25 AUG 2015 BY ESTHER MWANGI, ISLA DUPORGE AND KRISTER ANDERSSON REDD+ is the largest coordinated international attempt to reverse the trend of deforestation and forest degradation globally. It remains one of the most dominant … Continue Reading Can REDD+ shift the tide against elite capture of forest benefits? Probably not

From sewage sludge to syngas and biochar: new perspectives for small municipalities

http://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/123842_en.html Dr. Olivier Lepez, coordinator of PYROCHAR, explains how the project team has developed an energy- and cost-efficient process to thermo-chemically convert municipal sewage sludge into useful biochar and synthetic … Continue Reading From sewage sludge to syngas and biochar: new perspectives for small municipalities

Fossil-Fuel Industry Can’t Stop Renewable Energy, Obama Says

Barack Obama delivers a speech during the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0 in Las Vegas on Monday. Photographer: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images President Barack Obama pledged to provide incentives to support investments … Continue Reading Fossil-Fuel Industry Can’t Stop Renewable Energy, Obama Says

CNN Top 30 Idealists and Entrepreneurs

Upstart 30 The Idealists  By CNNMoney Staff   @CNNMoney Brad McNamara and Jonathan Friedman set out to find a more efficient way to farm. But they did it in a pretty … Continue Reading CNN Top 30 Idealists and Entrepreneurs

National Security to investigate Ghanaian ISIS recruits

National Security to investigate Ghanaian ISIS recruits By Admin – Aug 25, 2015   The National Security has begun investigations into reports that a Ghanaian Muslim has joined the Islamic militant … Continue Reading National Security to investigate Ghanaian ISIS recruits

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