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Monday, September 28, 2020

2020 Report on State of Agricultural Commodity Markets debuts - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched the State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020, reports NaijaAgroNet.

FAO, NaijaAgroNet gathered, posited that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the close relationship between markets and food security, and the role of global food systems in withstanding shocks.

Electricity hike: FG to provide solar solution for 5m says minister – NaijaAgroNet


The Federal Government of Nigeria has advanced plans to provide solar power to some 5 million Nigerian households in the next 365 days, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this to NaijaAgroNet on Saturday in Lagos while reacting to insensitivity of FG over the recent increases in petrol and electricity prices, said the truth is that the government can no longer afford the cost of subsidy, mostly under the prevailing economic conditions.

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.
Gov. Ganduje of Kano State
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


The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund of Nigeria (TETFund) and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (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


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


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

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

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


Today, September 22 is autumnal Equinox day, reports 

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


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.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Kano: UNICEF decries sentencing of 13-year child to 10 years - NaijaAgroNet


UNICEF has expressed deep concern about the sentencing of 13-year-old Omar Farouq to ten years’ imprisonment with menial labour by the Kano State Sharia Court at Feli Hockey, Kano, in northern Nigeria, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Gov. Ganduje of Kano State

The sentence was handed down after he was convicted of blasphemy on 10 August 2020.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Winners emerge @ GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize - NaijaAgroNet


The two winners of the 2020 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize have been announced at the Africa Green Revolution Forum Virtual Summit in Rwanda: Moses Katala co-founder and CEO of Magofarm Limited (Tanzania) and Daniella Kwayu co-founder and CEO of Phema Agri (Tanzania), reports NaijaAgroNet.

Each winner will receive US$50,000 to support and expand their agribusiness operations.
Part of the Generation Africa youth initiative, the aim of this prize is to identify and inspire young people across Africa to seize the opportunities across the value chain of the $1Tn agrifood industry on the continent in the decades ahead.

Four entrepreneurs were also named to receive a $2,500 Impact Award: Elizabeth Gikebe, founder and CEO of Mhogo Foods (Kenya), Millicent Agidipo, co-founder and production manager of Achiever Foods (Ghana), Dysmus Kisulu, co-founder and CEO of Solar Freeze (Kenya) and Paul Matovu, founder and CEO of Vertical Farm and Micro-Gardening (Uganda). 

Monday, September 14, 2020

COVID-19: TGI Group employees provide 1m free meals to vulnerable - NaijaAgroNet


The TGI Cares Fund, an employee-led charity initiative of Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group, has commenced the provision of one million free meals in communities struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19. 

The pandemic has left many vulnerable people in communities without a steady source of livelihood but TGI Cares Fund, focusing solely on supporting communities during and beyond the economic crisis, is giving them food items. 

Speaking while handing over food items to FoodClique Support Initiative, an organisation that identifies and reaches out to the most vulnerable in communities, Group Human Resources Director and Coordinator of TGI Cares Fund, Mr Tominiyi Oni, reiterated the commitment of TGI employees to assisting less-privileged Nigerians. 

“We are proud of our people who birthed this noble idea. These are difficult times, so I am elated that my colleagues have pooled resources together to kick start this charity drive,” he said. 

Receiving the items on behalf of FoodClique Support Initiative, Team Lead, Bolajoko Fadipe, expressed gratitude for the kind gesture. 

He further appreciated employees of TGI Group, promising proper distribution of the food items to the most vulnerable in low-income communities across the country. 

In its first phase, 280,000 (two hundred and eighty thousand) meals have been provided for children, unemployed youth and women in Lagos State. Phase two of the charity drive will extend to other communities in the northern part of the country. 

Recall that the TGI Group had previously donated the sum of N500million (five hundred million naira) to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 intervention fund organised by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID). 

It also donated food items to 2,000 families in Lagos, 500 families in Abuja, 500 families in Ogun and gave N20,000,000 to an Isolation and Treatment Centre in Lagos, among others. 

Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests. Its corporate identity is based on respect for people, its communities and the natural environment as it continuously seeks to support its communities during and beyond challenging times.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Online health provides easy access to health services - NaijaAgroNet - Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Online Health Company Limited has launched a one-stop hospital for all through a telemedicine app called “Ohealth Odoctor" that bridges the gap between health consultants and the public bringing both parties together on-air for effective health delivery, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The recent and sudden effect of the COVID 19 pandemic has again brought the world to the reality of how vulnerable human beings could be if there are no functional health facilities that are void of too many layers of protocols and bottlenecks. It is not a gainsaying that at this critical moment of human life, there is an ultimate and immediate need to bring health solutions closer to people where most needed to keep hope alive and preserve the human race as much as possible.