Burkina Faso: Farmers plant trees to protect watercourses from silting up

In the village of Bendougou, about 20 kilometres west of Dédougou in Burkina Faso, 100 fruit trees stretch 500 metres along the banks of the Mouhoun River. Somwaoga François Zida is the owner of the orchard. This morning, he cut branches that had broken during strong winds the day before during the first rainfall. His bright face reflects his joy. He planted the trees to prevent the  soil from washing

Digitalizing agriculture in rural Senegal

Digital tools can help offset uncertainties in weather patterns caused by climate change. In Nioro, Senegal, Mamadou Drame, a father of four children, now looks down at a screen instead of up at the skies to understand the weather and know what to plant. Historical rain cycles have become increasingly unreliable because of climate change, upsetting patterns of planting and harvesting. Thankfully, digital innovations have stepped in, assisting him to

Talking Books provide an innovative solution to reach rural communities in Uganda

Dramatic dialogue, music and poetry are not the usual ways that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) raises awareness of and sensitizes rural communities on women’s land rights, but an innovative project in Uganda is doing just that through so-called Talking Books. Talking books are audio devices that allow people with low or no literacy to receive training in a dynamic way. In partnership with Amplio, a US based

More than 31 million bees lost due to insecurity in North Kivu (CEMADI)

This data was revealed to the staff of RADIOMOTO.NET on May 20, 2022 in the city of Goma, DRC by the coordinator of the Centre managériale pour le développement intégral (CEMADI), Engineer Alphonse Kighoma. This was on the occasion of the celebration of World Bee Day. “We have lost four beekeepers, shot in the middle of their activity. We have lost large quantities of honey, over 500 kilograms. We have

FAO working with Lariak CFA to unlock the hidden treasures of Lariak Forest in Laikipia County

A few minute’s drives from Nyahururu lies the scenic Lariak Forest that stretches several miles, covering the hills with indigenous trees. The forest extends eastwards from Maili Saba, Karandi, Ngarua and Tandare. This symbolizes the considerable impact the forest has on the daily lives of over 20,000 people in the region and beyond. Lariak Community Forest Association (CFA) has over 830 members, of whom 500 are male and 330 females

Western tree planters association's ambitious plan for commercial forestry begins with trees on farm census

According to Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Commercial forestry is contributing 3.8% of Kenya’s GDP, excluding charcoal and direct subsistence uses. This points to the need for a closer look at the sector by various stakeholders, even as the country seeks to achieve 10% forest cover. With commercial forestry supporting Kenya’s most productive sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, livestock, energy, wildlife, water, tourism and trade, smallholder farmers are undoubtedly key players in

Albinos, indigenous peoples, and people living with disabilities facing the effects of climate change

Albinos, indigenous peoples and people living with disabilities facing the effects of climate change Young albinos, indigenous peoples, people living with disabilities and some young students from the University of Goma UNIGOM celebrated on June 7 the day of environment in the city of Goma. This city located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo has long been affected by eruptions from the Nyiragongo Volcano, one of

African countries commit to raise ambitions for Sustainable Development Goals

African countries have committed to raise their ambitions and accelerate their actions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty and hunger, at the conclusion of the 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa. Sixty-two Ministers from 54 African countries participated in the conference – country representation was one of the largest ever thanks to the hybrid mode, with more than half the ministers attending in person

Julieth Muunga, runner-up for the 2022 Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio

At Radio Maria in Tanzania, Julieth Muunga is the sole presenter and producer of a 30-minute program called Jinsia na Maendeleo (Gender and Development), which was named the runner-up for the 2022 Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio. Ms. Muunga started broadcasting in 2007 as a volunteer at two different radio stations while studying for a university certificate in Journalism at the University of Dar es Salaam. When she began her

Radio Soleil of Pala in Chad wins the prize for the best report at the World Biodiversity Day

The World Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated on May 22. Biodiversity is the basis of current and future human well-being, and its rapid decline is a threat to both nature and people. The 2019 global biodiversity assessment report by UNESCO demonstrated the role of human activities in the degradation of biodiversity, which amounts to 75% for terrestrial ecosystems. The assessment also indicated that solutions exist and that it is