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  • Fields of tears in Lesotho as new tool is introduced to help mitigate climate change

    01 October 2013, source: http://africagreenmedia.co.za/fields-of-tears-in-lesotho-as-new-tool-is-introduced-to-help-mitigate-climate-change/
    URL: http://africagreenmedia.co.za/fields-of-tears-in-lesotho-as-new-tool-is-introduced-to-help-mitigate-climate-change/

    After last season’s disastrous harvest, which delivered a fraction of previous yields, deep in Lesotho’s Ts’akholo village in Mafeteng district, Matsolo Sebusi’s husband has had to leave the family home to seek mining work in South Africa’s platinum belt of Rustenburg. Climate change has left farmers in this village fearful for their future, and as result some have opted to sell their animals and abandon their plots for urban areas in search of employment...
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  • New deal to empower women farmers in East Africa

    02 April 2013, source: Coastweek Kenya
    URL: http://www.coastweek.com/3612_agriculture.htm

    In Kenya, farmers lack proper information on best farming practices which has been contributing to the dwindling farm harvests Special report by Xinhua Correspondent Ejidiah Wangui Nakuru (Xinhua): Veronicah Kihanya knows no other tools of trade apart from her two-acre piece of land and her jembe. Her small farm at the heart of little known Gilgil in Nakuru County has been the source of her income in her entire life...
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  • African women benefit from jobs in agricultural supply chains

    31 March 2013, source: Supply Management
    URL: http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2013/african-women-benefit-from-jobs-in-agricultural-supply-chains/

    By Anna Reynolds Agricultural supply chains are supporting women across Africa by giving them greater independence and offering more choice in life, according to research by food processor Olam. Olam, an international firm whose products include coffee, rice and sugar, carried out a survey in February of 5,971 women working in its cashew processing plants in Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ivory Coast and India...
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  • Time for recognition: Building on the progress at CSW57 to empower women in agriculture

    27 March 2013, source: Huffington Post
    URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anette-engelund-friis/time-for-recognition_b_2926266.html

    By Annette Engelund Friis, Manager, Climate Change Policy, Danish Agriculture & Food Council From March 4-15, the UN Commission on the Status of Women was held in New York, this is the 57th annual meeting where influential spokespeople from around the world discuss the issue of female empowerment...
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  • Africa: Women key in global growth

    18 March 2013, source: allAfrica.com
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/201303182356.html?viewall=1

    By Warren Nyamugasira Opinion The day of reckoning has come round yet again. On behalf of the world, the United Nations has set up a process for thinking about the next big thing to succeed the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due to end two years. When at the turn of the new Millennium, MDGs were adopted by over 189 countries...
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  • Airtel Africa partners with UN women

    05 March 2013, source: AfricanBrains
    URL: http://africanbrains.net/2013/03/05/airtel-africa-partners-with-un-women/

    By Marc Mcilhone Women farmers in the East and Horn of Africa region are poised to benefit from practical information-sharing tools via Airtel’s mobile networks. Airtel Africa signs MOU with UN WOMEN on initiatives to promote the empowerment of women and girls Airtel will establish a Farmer's Information System which will provide real time information to women farmers through its network in Africa Women farmers in the East and Horn of Africa region are poised to benefit from practical information-sharing tools via Airtel's mobile networks (http://www...
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  • Summary of Outcomes: Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day

    11 December 2012, source: Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5
    URL: http://www.agricultureday.org/blogs/2012/12/11/summary-of-outcomes-agriculture-landscapes-and-livelihoods-day/?utm_source=Agriculture+Day&utm_campaign=4fa3389fd7-Report_back_from_ALL_5_Day12_12_2012&utm_medium=email

    Experts, practitioners, civil society, researchers and others gathered to discuss issues related to food security, climate change and rural development on 3 December at ALL-5 Day. The fifth edition of the event offered a mix of policy discussions, ‘Big Ideas’, and networking opportunities...
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  • Press release: Doha climate conference opens gateway to greater ambition and action on climate change

    10 December 2012, source: United Nations Environment Programme environment for development
    URL: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2700&ArticleID=9353

    (Doha, 8 December 2012) At the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar (COP18/CMP8), governments have taken the next essential step in the global response to climate change.Countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015 and agreed a path to raise necessary ambition to respond to climate change...
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  • COP18 held on giant car city

    05 December 2012, source: The Zimbabwean
    URL: http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/news/zimbabwe/62599/cop18-held-on-giant-car.html?utm_source=thezim&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=listarticle&utm_content=headinglink

    Its roads packed with big 4 X 4 cars, Qatar, the Persian Gulf nation built upon the riches of petroleum and natural gas, ranking highly on per capita income indices, but with that ranking come huge carbon emissions per capita as well. Was it the best choice to hold the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, taking place in Doha the country’s capital? Qatar becomes the first OPEC nation to hold the UNFCCC COP conference, it has the highest carbon emissions per capita in the world and is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas...
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  • Developing countries worried about possible weak outcome of Doha climate talks

    05 December 2012, source: SIMBA Radio
    URL: http://www.simba.fm/2012/12/05/developing-countries-worried-about-possible-weak-outcome-of-doha-climate-talks/

    Posted by Emma Okella The ministerial high level segment of the UN climate change conference started (Tuesday) in Doha on a slippery note as battle lines are drawn between developing and wealthy countries over extension of the commitment period for the Kyoto protocol as well as the green climate fund...
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  • Britain announces climate finance - Africa praises positive lead

    05 December 2012, source: SIMBA Radio
    URL: http://www.simba.fm/2012/12/05/britain-announces-climate-finance-africa-praises-positive-lead/

    Posted by Emma Okella Britain has breathed new life into the UN climate change talks in Doha with announcement to give over the next two years £1.8 billion of new money to help poorer countries develop along a low carbon pathway and tackle the effects of climate change. This announcement sets a positive tone to the negotiations that in its final week had sent many observers into fears of a possible weak outcome from the talks following apparent stalemate on the future of the Kyoto Protocol and climate financing to developing countries...
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  • Durban to Doha’ a road to nowhere?

    05 December 2012, source: Africa Business.com
    URL: http://africabusiness.com/2012/12/05/durban-to-doha%e2%80%99-a-road-to-nowhere/

    The International Federation of Red Cross says in 2011, there were 300 climate-related disasters, which affected 207 million people. By 2015, this figure is expected to rise to 375 million people. A mathematical calculation reveals that this will be a 75% increase in the number of people affected by climate related disasters in just three years...
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  • Small Joe calls for farmers' unity at Doha

    05 December 2012, source: Swazi OBSERVER
    URL: http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=46047#.UL9hqoPqnK0

    Minister of Tourism and Environment Mduduzi Dlamini has urged players in agriculture and food security to remain focused and collaborate as they call for action on the sector at the United Nations climate negotiations. Speaking at the fifth Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day (ALL-5) in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, Dlamini said the sector should not lose its sense of urgency but continue to seek action...
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  • A Voice for Agriculture

    05 December 2012, source: Landscapes Blog for People, Food and Nature
    URL: http://blog.ecoagriculture.org/2012/12/05/all5/

    “No agriculture, no deal” was the mantra coming out the fifth Agriculture, Landscapes, and Livelihoods (ALL, formerly Agriculture and Rural Development) Day on Monday. Yet it appears as though the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will not make any sort of recommendation regarding agriculture to the UNFCCC at COP18, due to difficulties in reaching consensus...
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  • The meat of the issue

    04 December 2012, source: The Zimbabwean
    URL: http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/business/agriculture/62555/the-meat-of-the-issue.html?utm_source=thezim&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=listarticle&utm_content=headinglink

    In an interview during the Agriculture Day held on the side-lines of COP18 in Doha, Qatar, Carison said farmers in Africa produce their cattle in a way that emits less methane and reduces the contribution of beef production to climate change. “High intensity farming practised in developed countries is the major contributor to methane emissions and the farmers that are in Africa, mostly use open land grazing,” he said...
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