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 disease claimed over 11,000 lives, the majority in those three countries. However, it was the handful of cases that were reported in Europe and the United States that really fuelled …

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 equality on the continent.   The vision of AWDF is for women to live in a world where there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s human rights. To this end, our mission is …

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 grown by over eight million farmers as a primary source of income and calories, especially among poor, rural upland communities. Despite years of research neglect and stagnating yields during the …

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 possible to avoid a climate crisis, according to two new books, one each from either side of the Tasman. Tom McKinlay reports. There’s a crisis in Professor Tim Flannery’s house. …

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 – the internationally agreed “safe” limit. This fact has been implied by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and confirmed again recently by international research. Does this mean we should give up? Not …

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 is whether biochar can be produced on a sufficiently large scale to slow or reverse global warming. by mark hertsgaard Posted on: 21 JAN 2014 Biochar, the charcoal-like material sometimes touted …