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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Omar Farouq: Cywinsky urges Buhari to reverse sentence, ready to mobilse 120 global volunteers - NaijaAgroNet

A Director of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywinsky, has made appealed to the Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, to intervene in the recent sentencing of a 13-year Omar Farouq to 120 months in prison, reports NaijaAgroNet.
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He berated the Sharia court judgement, saying its disgraceful and proposed to take the place Omar if the clemency he was pleading was not appealing enough, just as he plans to mobilise some 120 adult volunteers to serve Farouq’s jail term, including himself.

Friday, September 25, 2020

FARA, TETFUND, UFV launch governance framework for agro-research and innovation - NaijaAgroNet

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The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund of Nigeria (TETFund) and the Universidade Federal de Vi├žosa (UFV) – Brazil had launched the Governance Framework for the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA), reports NaijaAgroNet.


This launch was based within the context of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and climaxed the two years of preparatory work and series of engagements with various stakeholders. 

This event places Nigeria as the first country to take advantage of the FARA-led ARIFA.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Importance of urban greening explained - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The importance of urban greening has been explained by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) just as the 
world is becoming more and more urbanized, reports NaijaAgroNet

By 2050, NaijaAgroNet gathered, almost 70 percent of the world's population will be living in cities, with 90 percent of the increase occurring in Africa and Asia, with about 70 percent of all food supplies consumed by urban dwellers - a number that is steadily on the rise.

Post-COVID-19: IFAD says mobile phones to help 1.7m small-scale farmers - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Some 1.7 million small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan will soon receive personalized agricultural advice through their mobile phones as a means to improve their incomes, food security and resilience to economic shocks caused by COVID-19, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has revealed, reports NaijaAgroNet.


The innovative initiative, NaijaAgroNet gathered that one of 11 proposals to receive initial funding under IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF), comes as a result of a new partnership between IFAD and Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD), a global non-profit organisation co-founded by Nobel Prize winning economist Michael Kremer.

African ministers commit to strengthen collaboration on food, agriculture - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Ministers from the Near East and North Africa (NENA) have approved a historical Ministerial Declaration that sets a foundation to strengthen collaboration across the region to build lasting solutions to the most urgent and pressing food and agricultural challenges, aimed at recovering from COVID-19 impacts and transforming food systems, NaijaAgroNet reports.


The Ministerial Declaration was adopted during the 35th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (21-22 September), virtually hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, in which 30 FAO Members, as well as representatives from partner organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, gathered to discuss innovative policy solutions related to this year's theme "Transforming Food Systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals".

Top 15 tobacco firms: Index reveals limited progress to end smoking - NaijaAgroNet

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The 15 largest tobacco companies across the world are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes and other high-risk tobacco products and transitioning smokers to reduced-risk alternatives, reports NaijaAgroNet.

According to the first Tobacco Transformation Index (TTI)
released this week and made available to NaijaAgroNet, courtesy of the grant by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
The index also revealed that a small group of companies have made public commitments to harm reduction and backed them with significant investments.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

CBA14 kicks off, harps on local solutions to inspire global action - NaijaAgroNet

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The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will be held online has kicked off, report NaijaAgroNet.

CBA14 would hold from 21-25 September 2020 with focus on community-based adaptation, putting the people most vulnerable to climate change at the centre of the conversation.

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger - NaijaAgroNet

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has unveiled a Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around the cities in a post COVID-19 era, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The launch took place at a high-level virtual event entitled "Green Cities to Build Back Better for SDGs - A New Powerful Venture" hosted by FAO during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

Highlighting the vast potential of cities in reducing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's health and food security and contributing to climate change mitigation, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu encouraged all partners to appreciate the essential role of cities in building back better and the urgency of innovative, comprehensive and coordinated actions.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Today is Equinox day 2020 - NaijaAgroNet .. Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Today, September 22 is autumnal Equinox day, reports 
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According experts, on Equinox day, the sun sets exactly on the West today after rising exactly from the East, meaning that there is approximately equal day and night respectively today. 
They posited there is also vernal or spring equinox which occurs on March 21 with same description; based on the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 - vernal equinox, or spring equinox, whilst on September 22 is autumnal equinox.

BBC says NNPC lied over cause of Sabo inferno in Lagos - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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New evidence obtained by the BBC Africa Eye has contradicted the official explanation for the cause of an explosion which killed 23 people and destroyed a girls boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria, reports NaijaAgroNet.


As contained in the BBC in a video documentary available to NaijaAgroNet, showed that new evidence obtained by BBC Africa Eye contradicts the official explanation for the cause of an explosion which left 23 people and destroyed a girls boarding school in Sabo-Lagos, Nigeria commercial centre and a residential neighbourhood of Lagos on March 15, 2020 at 8:56am.