Africa

World Bank Funded Project Registers First CDM Program of Activities in Africa [viewed]

26 July 2010: The World Bank has supported the launch of a Municipal Waste Compost Program in Uganda, the first African country to successfully register a Program of Activities (POA) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.

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African Leaders Prepare Common Position Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

24 July 2010: The Conference of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) convened in Kampala, Uganda, from 24-25 July 2010, on the margins of the 15th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit.

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FAO, IFAD Publish Report on Bioenergy from Jatropha [viewed]

22 July 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have published a report titled "Jatropha: A smallholder bioenergy crop," which discusses the potential for jatropha as a bioenergy crop in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries.

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UNEP Opens Applications for SEED Awards [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of applications for the 2010 SEED Awards. The annual competition, run by the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to identify and help develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging and developing countries.

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UNDP Finalizes Project to Protect Mountain Forests in Tanzania [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tanzania have successfully concluded a seven-year project, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aimed to protect the biodiversity of forestland of the Eastern Arc reserve in Tanzania, 70% of which had been destroyed due to crop shifting and timber harvesting.

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IRRI Releases July-September Edition of Rice Today [viewed]

July 2010: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of Rice Today, which includes an article on the impacts of variable climate on rice crops in California.

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Migration in Response to Weather-related Variability [viewed]

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper titled "Migratory responses to agricultural risk in Northern Nigeria," which examines the extent to which Northern Nigerian households migrate in response to weather-related variability and shocks.

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UNDP Nigeria Calculates its Carbon Footprint [viewed]

UNDP18 July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Nigeria has started a series of programmes to raise awareness about the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to explore reduction options.

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ILRI Releases Film on Livestock Insurance Project in Kenya [viewed]

14 July 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a 12-minute film describing the experiences of a pilot project to provide livestock insurance to pastoral farmers in the Marsabit District of Kenya.

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International Potato Center Researches Use of Sweetpotato as Livestock Feed [viewed]

July 2010: The June issue of the newsletter for the International Potato Center (CIP), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), highlights ongoing research into the use of sweetpotato vines as a livestock feed supplement to increase productivity and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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