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African lions under threat from a growing predator: the American hunterGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
United States now biggest market for lion hunting trophies, wildlife coalition warns. American hunters are emerging as a strong and growing threat to the survival of African lions, with demand for trophy rugs and necklaces driving the animals towards extinction, a coalition of wildlife...
Niger: Food Security Outlook, January through June 2011feedproxy.google.com | 17 Feb 2011
The strong demand for cereals caused by the demand for restocking by government, traders, and producers' cooperatives, has led to prices that are above the nominal five-year average. Food access is good in areas where agricultural and agro-food conditions have improved due to off-season and irrigated rice crops. Instead of selling cereals, households are tending to sell cash crops products to repay the debts of the past year.
Madagascar: Protecting the Alaotran gentle lemurGuardian Unlimited | 07 Jan 2011
The Alaotran gentle lemur, or bandro, lives only on the shores of Madagascar's largest lake, Alaotra. Now locals have banded together to preserve this slice of fragile biodiversity. The NGO Madagascar Wildlife Conservation uses ecotourism, education and conservation to bring development to the region and survival to its star furry resident.
Nigeria: Revolutionising Electronics Through Eco-FriendlinessAllAfrica.com | 02 Dec 2010
Promoters of the Panasonic brand of electronic products contend that they exist to benefit people and improve society. The worldwide electronic giant held its annual convention in Nigeria last week where it showcased a number of the latest brands from its stable. Many of the distributors at the convention lauded the eco-friendly and energy-saving brands put on show at the Civic Centre in Lagos.
Egypt: Fooling Fish to Grow and MultiplyInter Press Service | 18 Nov 2010
Surrounded by glass jugs and beakers full of bubbling green slime, Mohamed Ashour appears to be experimenting with a new formula for pea soup. As part of his daily rounds, the Egyptian researcher checks the valves on the tubing connecting each vessel, ensuring their verdant-hued contents are adequately aerated.
AFRICA: Modified Banana Could Cure Deadly DiseaseInter Press Service | 12 Aug 2010
An innovation by researchers in Nigeria could be a cure for the devastating Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) - responsible for annual losses in excess of 500 million dollars of crop across East and Central Africa. But it has also fuelled debate on the genetic engineering of crops in Africa. But...
Years in the making, Kenya's GM law prepares to go liveSCIDEV.NET | 16 Jun 2010
With the approval of its biosafety bill, Kenya has finally opened the door to commercial GMOs — but some say the country is not ready. President Mwai Kibaki signed off parliament's approval of the biosafety legislation in February 2009, after a decade of controversy about the advisability of allowing the commercialisation of genetically modified organisms
World Oceans Day - Our oceans: opportunities and challengesUNEP | 08 Jun 2010
World Oceans Day – Billions of dollars and thousands of lives can be saved if we address the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services through improved governance. This is a key theme of World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2010 for the second year running.
Nigeria: Kogi to Plant Over 100,000 TreesAllAfrica.com | 08 Jun 2010
The Kogi State will soon begin to plant over 100, 000 species of trees to address the ecological problems in the state. The state Commissioner for Environment and Physical Planning Architect Muhammed Sule disclosed this on Saturday in Lokoja, the state capital at the 2010 World Environment Day.
An open letter to Oxfam America on its stance on biotechnologyAfricaFiles | 23 Apr 2010
In response to a recent position publicized by Oxfam America in support of agricultural biotechnology as a viable solution for addressing poverty faced by resource poor and subsistence farmers in developing countries, the Oakland Institute along with the African Center on Biodiversity (South...
Biofuels and neo-colonialismAfricaFiles | 07 Jun 2009
As climate change forces economies around the world to cap carbon emissions, investors are pouring cash into the development of biofuels as a replacement for fossil fuels. Seif Madoffe says that has led to "climate colonialism" – "a massive, land-grabbing scramble in Africa" as European companies –...
Nigerian environmentalists call for end to GM cassava trialsPambazuka News | 12 Mar 2009
The Nigerian government's alleged approval for field testing of genetically modified cassava plants by a US-based plant science centre puts Nigeria in danger of trading away its food future to colonialists under the guise of agricultural biotechnology, Friends of the Earth Nigeria/Environmental Rights Action (FoEN) have warned.
New Thinking to Tackle Old ProblemsInter Press Service | 26 Feb 2009
Organic and eco-friendly farming can feed the world, contrary to the common belief that biotechnology and chemical-intensive farming are indispensable, modern strategies to increase production, agricultural experts say.
Kenya approves GM after years of delaysSCIDEV.NET | 18 Feb 2009
Kenya has become the fourth African country to allow genetically modified farming after the president signed off on new biosafety legislation.
Is GM food the future for Africa?africasia.com | 13 Jan 2009
Sir David King, until the end of 2007 the chief scientific adviser to the British government, thinks Africa is not able to feed itself because it has rejected GM crops.
Biotechnology network set to support EthiopiaAfrica Science News Service | 11 Jan 2009
An East African regional network for the development of Biotechnology has announced plans aimed at promoting the application of biotechnology in agriculture, industry, and environmental management in Ethiopia.