Africa currently grapples with a confluence of challenges ranging from conflicts to migration, climatic extremes — drought and flood; transboundary and invasive pests including the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta), desert locust in Eastern Africa, and

Secure land rights for women is recognized as critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly for eradicating poverty and ending hunger and gender equality (Goals 1, 2 and 5). Progress has been made in securing women’s land rights

International consensus on cross-border environmental issues has been difficult to achieve, but the 40-year-old Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air-Pollution (or LRTAP as it is known to development professionals) has enjoyed great, if largely unsung, success in the fight against air pollution and

Electrifying Africa is moving forward: A new generation of national electrification programmes is bringing clean energy to some of the 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa still living without electricity. These potentially game-changing initiatives will improve lives and help create

Forests help stabilize the climate and provide many contributions to Sustainable Development Goals. And we have quite a bit of evidence about what policies and strategies are effective in conserving and restoring forests. So why haven’t such measures been adopted

To feed the world, we need to pay more attention to water. To nourish a growing global population, we’ll need to produce 56% more calories by 2050, while dealing with increasing climate-driven water risks like droughts and competition over resources. If we don’t

The evidence is in: Global banks don’t fight climate change, they support climate disaster. Despite the warnings coming from scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they continue to invest in the fossil fuels industry. Yet warnings have

In 2015, all the member countries of the United Nations unanimously committed to Agenda 2030, including Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which calls for the world to halve food loss and food waste by 2030. Making significant reductions in food loss

Most scientific reports on climate look at changes that have occurred since the pre-industrial era, or since record-keeping began. But even looking back at the past decade, it’s clear that our world today is very different from the world of

SERIES TITLE: Pipe dream or achievable vision: How can we deliver on the 2030 Agenda? The 2030 Agenda foresees a bright future for humanity, one in which everyone enjoys peace and prosperity on a bountiful planet. But, with nationalism, populism and protectionism

Why Animals Are Pertinent to Sustainable Agriculture  “I Speak for the Livestock.” You can call me the “Lorax,” and although I may be a fruit tree physiologist, I am not here to speak for the trees today, but for animals. I’d like

We are now in a climate emergency and 2020 will be a critical year in the fight for the survival of the planet. The battleground is triple: climate change, biodiversity, and the ocean. What happens in one affects the other

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