Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
By Busani Bafana
The influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC - this week published its Synthesis Report for the Fifth Assessment on the science of climate change, confirming the phenomenon is real and here to stay.
The 40-page synthesis report released in Copenhagen on Nov. 1 is a poser for the climate change negotiations towards a binding agreement expected to be ready in Peru for signing in Paris.
But are policy makers listening who what scientists are saying, one question and others that Busani Bafana put to Harjeet Singh, Actionaid's International Coordinator for Climate change and Disaster Reduction.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
By Busani Bafana
A united African position and tack could be Africa's decisive cards in unlocking finance for climate change adaptation in Lima, researchers and negotiators say.
Africa is one of the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change which touch food security and economic development. According to the Fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), projections are that under medium scenarios many areas in Africa will exceed a 2 degree Celsius increase by the last two decades of this century which will have big ramifications for agriculture and farmer livelihoods.
Being prepared and forging strategic alliances could help Africa make some gains in Lima where a draft text of a global climate treaty is expected to be shaped in time for the signing, hopefully, of a binding agreement in Paris 2015.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
AARON YANCHO KAAH
Nzissie Marie Chantal is a black beautiful woman whose story is one of the premiers at her remote Galim Community some 28KM from Bafoussam the capital of the Western Region of Cameroon. Marie puts on a broad smile and this is indicative of her family’s successful impact in managing the stultifying effects of climate changes in her community. Although Marie withdrew from college as a result of limited resources at the age of 16, to marry as a way of bailing herself out of poverty, the Heifer international Cameroon training on integrated livestock management, composting, agro forestry and a donation of pigs provided her the stepping stone to break the social/economic barriers that faced her family and land for decades.
Aaron kaah yancho
The difference between despair and hope in Agriculture can be as slim as a small animal or tree in the grass field of Cameroon.
It is not these small animals like goats and pigs, dairy cattle that have given some farm families, hope but their abilities to put their knowledge, into use within their community. It is thanks to knowledge received during Heifer international Cameroon supported trainings that these farm families how to adjust to the changing agricultural times. It all started when members of this group benefitted Heifer Cameroon trainings in integrated livestock management, composting, care for land, tree planting and sanitation alongside a donation of 2 animals each in 2014, members of this group looked beyond these animals to shine their dreams into reality and to be at the front role of farmers combating the effects of climate changes in the grass field of Cameroon.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Africa - capable of being the breadbasket for the continent - needs to increase the use of improved inputs such as fertilizer to address poor productivity and help farmers cope with challenges one of which is climate change.
Greater use of fertiliser is being touted as one of the tools in Africa's arsenal to fight poor agriculture productivity and food insecurity.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Central African country, Equatorial Guinea has outlined new moves including forest conservation, hydroelectric power, and ending the flaring of natural gas as key parts of a strategy to mitigate the impact of climate change.
President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea told journalists that the new strategy involved a five-point plan to conserve the natural environment and contribute to global efforts to slow the rate of global warming. He said his government had oriented the socioeconomic development policies toward sustainability.