Environment

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

Nyinabwenge show: Amplifying the voices of women for action

Fifty-year-old Ruth Kasimba lives in Butimba village in Kikuube district, a few kilometres from where Uganda’s proposed oil refinery will be constructed in oil-rich Hoima district in western Uganda Like any other rural woman, Ms. Kasimba collects firewood for cooking. It is exercise she describes as physically exhausting but also mentally draining. As a peasant farmer who grows different types of crops for food and sale, Ms. Kasimba could not

Using radio to inspire poachers to become conservationists

Interestingly, Andrew Maimisa is not a COMACO farmer but an ardent follower and listener of COMACO’s Farm Talk radio program. “I listen to COMACO programs on radio Breeze FM and I have heard testimonies from a lot of farmers that have had their lives transformed because of the work COMACO does to empower rural farmers. I also want to be part of this winning team; I am old and I have realized

Solar Power and Agriculture: Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS)

A good irrigation system promotes better agricultural practice, which further adds to eliminating zero hunger. Solar power is a growing means of generating energy and power supply. Thus, in agriculture, solar power has become increasingly necessary for irrigation as a reliable, clean-energy solution for agricultural water management, especially in areas with high incident solar radiation. The core reason for using solar power/ the sun for irrigation is because, crops need