Friday, January 29, 2016

African smallholder farmers miss out on 'improved crop varieties' through informal seed markets

Busani Bafana

Farmers asked to move from saved seeds to boost yield

TSHOLOTSHO, Zimbabwe (PAMACCNews)  - Another drought is sweeping across Zimbabwe triggering food and water desperation. But maize and cattle farmer, Sophie Sibanda (63),  is still hopeful for miracle rains to save her cattle at least but not her sun-scorched crop.

"I will not get anything" Sibanda says of the uneven mottle maize crop that she planted more out of habit than careful planning. Most farmers in the Southern part of the country have not planted this season owing to a drought, induced by the El Nino phenomenon already underway. An El Nino event occurs when the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean warm, changing global rain patterns.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PAMACC on Radio France International

By Daniel Finnan
Journalists from across the globe gathered in Paris over the past two weeks to cover the Cop21 climate change conference. Africa has been high on the agenda during the conference with discussions about financing for clean energy initiatives and preparing for the impact of global warming. But coverage of these stories is frequently dominated by the powerful western media. So what do African journalists think, what are their audiences interested in and what has it been like for them to cover Cop21? RFI spoke with three journalists from the Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change (PAMACC)

Click HERE to listen to the programme.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Africa demonstrates the possibility of a green economy

By Isaiah Esipisu

As curtains close on the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) on climate change in Paris after 12 days of negotiation, Africa has demonstrated to the world that it is possible to invest and develop using climate friendly means.

With clear examples, several African countries demonstrated how they have invested in climate friendly projects such as renewable energy, climate smart agriculture, agroforestry, tree reforestation, and many other projects that limit emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

African Civil Society says the draft outcome of COP21 is unacceptable

By Isaiah Esipisu

The much-awaited draft text on the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP21) is out, but members of the civil society from Africa feel that it is unacceptable.

“We need to articulate our objection to our respective parties as chances of accessing the plenary are slim,” said Mithika Mwenda, the Secretary General for the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) – an umbrella organization that brings together over 1000 nongovernmental organisations from Africa.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Draft agreement on COP 21 Climate Change negotiations in Paris

After 10 days of negotiations, climate scientists, politicians, gender representatives, representatives of indigenous people have finally come up with a draft text that will be the basis for a new deal to be struck in the in Paris.

Click here to see the text

Solving climate crisis will require more dissemination of skills

By Isaiah Esipisu

PARIS France, (PAMACC News) – As Africa prepare to embark on the path towards green development, technocrats on the ninth day of climate change negotiations in Paris have observed that there will be need to invest much more in training particularly the youth, who are drivers of the future economy.

In an event hosted by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) to discuss skills and human capital development for green growth and climate adaptation in Africa, Guy Ryder, the Director General for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that solving the climate crisis and solving the global unemployment crisis are two interrelated challenges that must be integrated.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Climate Information to be used for Adaptation

By Isaiah Esipisu

PARIS, France (PAMACC News) – Availing climate information to households on the ground is one of the best ways of adapting to climate change; delegates at the 21st session of climate negotiations (COP21) have been informed.

Speaking at a side event on the eighth day of the negotiations in Paris, scientists, lawyers, policy makers donors and members of the civil society observed that there exists a gap, which makes it difficult for climate information to flow from the scientists and members of the community.