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TAAT opens a new frontier for Wheat in Ethiopia

Recent high-level monitoring visits to TAAT programme sites in Ethiopia show that adoption of new wheat varieties, coupled with innovative production technologies and methods, substantially increases production and commercialisation, raises farmers’ incomes and creates job opportunities for women and youth.…

UN Climate Change Process Steps up Action on Deforestation

UN Climate Change News, 17 June 2020 – The number of countries providing information and data to the UN Climate Change secretariat on forest-related mitigation actions continues to rise. This increases transparency on global efforts to curb rising greenhouse gas…

Kyoto’s Second Phase Emission Reductions Achievable But Greater Ambition Needed

UN Climate Change News, 17 June 2020 – A new UN Climate Change assessment shows that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of 18% compared to 1990 levels under the Kyoto Protocol’s second phase seem fully achievable and likely to be…

Protect landscapes to protect humanity

COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it jumps between animals and people, and is therefore closely connected to the lands both inhabit. Human and economic activity is eroding wild spaces, forests and other important ecosystems, bringing us closer to…

Gucci’s CEO on going green

Fashion is one of the most visible industries on our planet. What we wear marks who we are. The novelty has come with a price. Today, the fashion industry accounts for 10 per cent of the planet’s carbon emissions and is…

A fund for African Fashion

Roberta Annan, a Ghanaian businesswoman, launched the African Fashion Fund in 2011 to improve access to finance and infrastructure for artisans and creatives from across the continent. She insists that sustainability cannot be limited to only the materials used in…

Leaders Address Key Global Crises at UN Virtual Summit

UN Climate Change News, 16 June 2020 – At the 20th UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, which took place on the 15th and 16th of June, thousands of leaders from government, civil society and the United Nations discussed how business…

Climate Action – Highlights of June Momentum for Climate Change

A series of virtual events took place 1 to 10 June to maintain momentum in the UN Climate Change process and showcase progress in climate action despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The series, dubbed the “June Momentum,” led to active exchanges…

Protection of seagrasses key to building resilience to climate change, disasters – new UN report

Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but these important ecosystems continue to decline. The importance of seagrasses is highlighted in a new report, Out of…

COVID-19 speeds up digitalization of African agricultural sector

When it became harder in Kenya for plant and animal health specialists to meet physically with farmers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides embraced digital agriculture services. And when farmers found it difficult to buy agri-products like seeds and…

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