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Showing posts with label 2016. Show all posts

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ghana chefs plan Happi Festival 2016

Ghanaian Chefs have concluded plans to host a weeklong African Chefs United Haapi Festival, reports NaijaAgroNet.

A press statement from the interim committee of the Chefs Association Ghana (CAC) under the auspices of Ghana Tourism Federation and Ghana Tourism Authority invite the public to the  African Chefs United HAAPI  Festival –Ghana 2016,a project that celebrates Africa’s indigenous food, exotic drinks, arts and heritage.

Hospitality All African People Imbizo is an initiative of Chef Citrum Khumalo, founder of African Chefs United and was launched in Johannesburg on 19th September, 2008.

The aim of the festival, NaijaAgroNet is to address some of the critical aspects of African heritage in the way food and beverages.

Also, NaijaAgroNet reports that nutrition and biodiversity will ensure that tourism is positioned as the best in the world.

This programme, NaijaAgroNet further reports would enhance skills development, create network and social cohesion amongst African culinary professionals as well as career guidance to young people.

“The objectives of HAAPI 2016 is to unite Africans, create the African festive atmosphere and improve interaction between African culinary specialists.

HAAPI GHANA 2016 is scheduled to take place officially from Mon. 26th-29th September, 2016.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

1,500 agric-experts route for AGRF 2016 in Nairobi

The President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr. Mrs. Agnes Kalibata has disclosed that the 2016 edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which kicked off in Nairobi, Kenyan capital, attracted in excess of 1,500 agriculture experts from over 40 countries, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Making this disclosure at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi at a sideline event on Monday, Dr. Kalibata said this figure includes Heads of State and high level officials among others.

Kalibata, who was joined s the media chat by the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett, General Manager of Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR), Mrs. Melisa Wood, Managing Director for Africa at Rockefeller foundation, Mr. Mamadou Biteye, Director, Agriculture and Environment at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Dr. Dominuque Charron, told NaijaAgroNet that the forum will provide African leaders to opportunity to deliver core new investments for agriculture on the continent.

She also affirmed that Kenya the forum is expected to bring undisclosed hundreds of millions of dollars in new support for African farmers and agribusinesses while unveiling winner of prestigious new Africa Food Prize as part of the agenda.

For Mamadou Biteye of Rockfeller noted that AGRA was founded through partnership between AGRA, Rockefeller, Bill and Melinda Gate, stressing they are very proud to be associated with AGRF and AGRA, especially as it celebrates 10 years.

The Kenyan’s Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Hon. Willy Bett assured that Kenya is the appropriate venue for this historic gathering because farming and food production are the lifeblood of the Kenyan economy.

“We want to set an example that others can follow. We are committed to pushing through the policy and financial reforms that can make farming and other agriculture businesses an economically and environmentally sustainable way of life,” he said.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Nairobi agog for African Green Revolution forum 2016

The city of Nairobi, capital of Kenya would from this weekend becomes agog in readiness for the hosting of the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) with the theme: “Seize the Moment - 
Securing Africa's Rise through Agricultural Transformation,” reports NaijaAgroNet.

According to the organisers, the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), all is now set for the week-long stakeholder forum between September 5 and 9, this year.

NaijaAgroNet gathered the forum kicks off this weekend with pre-forum organized field visit to the Dryland Seed Company (DSL) in Machakos County, while the official opening ceremony has been slated for Monday, September 5, 2016 under the chief host, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya.

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) promises to advance policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s smallholder farmers and families who make up 70 per cent of the population.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that AGRA is an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across 18 countries in Africa. The alliance was formed in 2006 in response to a call from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who believed that time had come for African farmers to wage a “uniquely African Green Revolution.”

For the past five years AGRA has used the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) to not only highlight major accomplishments but also to bring all stakeholders together to advance the policies and secure the investments that ensures a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families – and realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The forum expected to attract hundreds of participants to Nairobi.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Kalibata, Baker, Kadiyala to keynote at ANH Academy 2016

The President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and former Rwandan Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, would be joined by the Director of Nutrition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shawn Baker, and Haris Gazdar, Senior Researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research as well as the Principal Investigator for the IMMANA, Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, to give keynotes at the inaugural Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health (ANH) Academy Week, in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, reports NaijaAgroNet

The Academy Week events, NaijaAgroNet gathered would commence today, Monday, June 20, with a two-day training sessions tagged Learning Labs and which cover a broad selection of impact measurement methods and skills, as well as sessions focusing on interdisciplinary research, gender-sensitive interventions and getting published, among others.

The Learning Labs, as explained by the organiser’s Research and Knowledge Uptake Manager, Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Mr. Joe Yates are followed by a three-day Scientific Conference on Agri-Health Research.

Expected speakers, he said, would deliver oral and poster presentations around six major themes, namely Agriculture and Nutrition Linkages; Agriculture and Sustainable Diets; Health Impacts of Animal Sourced Foods; Women, Households and Nutrition; Markets, Value Chains and Nutrition; Determinants of Diets and Nutrition.

He quoted the Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition-Sensitive Development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Principal Investigator for the IMMANA as saying that to achieve the goals of overcoming further 165 million children from suffering stunted growth, there is need to understand the interactions between agriculture-food systems and nutrition and health, so as to have tools that allow stakeholders to predict the effects of agricultural-food system change and innovation on health and nutrition outcomes. 

“This requires collaboration across disciplines and sectors, recognition of which is reflected in the objectives of the ANH Academy,” Kadiyala said, declaring that his team is really inspired by the interest and initiative shown by the scientific community in the ANH Academy Week. 

Institutions from over 20 countries and a wide range of discipline, he said, would be represented at these events, reflecting the complex challenges facing us and the collaborations required to tackle these headlong.’   

He pointed out that the ANH Academy Week expands on the successful history of the five LCIRAH conferences, as well as events and activities by A4NH, and is part of one of three workstreams of IMMANA.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

e-Waste in mind @ Earth Day 2016

The 2016 World Earth Day has come and gone, REMMY NWEKE examines concerns for electronic waste as Nigeria's use of electronics, including mobile devices keep rising. 
What is World Earth Day:
The month of April has become known with the popular April-Fool phenomena, but the fourth-month of year holds a lot more for humanity than a global prank season, especially as the world holds the Earth Day every 22nd of this month with the theme “Trees for the Earth.”

This year’s commemoration of the World Earth Day, 2016 marks the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. Recalling that in 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues.

Forty-six years later, the campaign has continued with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of examples by concerned citizens of the world.  For some of the advocates, Earth Day goes beyond just a single day known as April 22, 2016, hence, it’s bigger than attending a rally.

Although in the year 2009, the United Nations instituted the International Mother Earth Day via the General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states, recognizing that "the Earth and its ecosystems are our home" and that "it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth."

The term Mother Earth, NaijaAgroNet gathered, is used because it "reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit" hence April 22 was designated as International Mother Earth Day.

In Nigeria … e-waste reaches 75% of ‘Tokunbo’ electronics:
As the world marks the 2016 Earth Day, NaijaAgroNet reports exclusively that 75 per cent of used electronics devices also known in local parlance as ‘second hand’ or ‘Tokunbo’ electronics imported into Nigeria are unserviceable thus unusable, therefore constitute electronic waste ever before sailing into the country.

The assistant Secretary-General of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), Mr. John Oboro affirmed that 75 per cent of these Tokunbo items are not usually functional and cannot even be fixed. Declaring, “I will tell you that we have greater percentage of those (second hand electronics) that cannot be used, than can be used. Honestly speaking, I can tell you that about 75 per cent of these items are not usable.”

Equally speaking, the Director, Basel Convention, Regional Centre, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo decried that the burning of used electronic devices generally are very hazardous, and those working on this could be prone to cancer, especially in Nigeria.

This, he said, is because those set of workers could take-in components that are dangerous, so it cannot be distanced from the incidence of high cancer rates which is on the rise now in Nigeria. Maintaining that most of these electronic items are not usable and warned on the impact of continuous exportation of unusable electronics to developing countries, which he said negates the global village theory of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Where’s the global village in e-waste?
“We claim one global village, its important to ensure that countries from where these used electronics are being shipped from are cleaned up and the same goes to those importing nations, to ensure that eventually all sides are safe at the end of the day,” Prof. Osibanjo counseled.

However, NaijaAgroNet reports that exporters of these electronics argued that Tokunbo devices extends the life span of these electronics when refurbished and help in bridging the digital divide in the developing economies.

But another school of thought confirmed to NaijaAgroNet that large number of computers and electronics devices imported into Nigeria via Lagos, every month, are largely non-functional and non-repairable, hence these end up being stacked in private warehouses across the country, especially in the South-Western Nigeria.

Equally, NaijaAgroNet reports that very often these items are dumped in the residential areas at uncompleted buildings and invariably burnt, thereby releasing highly content pollutant into the atmosphere, air and water.

NaijaAgroNet further reports that over one billion people in 192 countries took part in actions to protect shared environment; all across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in-between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children to protect their planet.

2016 World Earth Day in Nigeria:
In Nigeria, the African Environmental Action Network (AEAN) in collaboration with Hubert H Humphrey Alumni partnered with the Federal Ministry of Environment and support of the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in hosting an event tagged "Rebranding Personalised Legacy Tree Planting and Nurturing for Sustainable Empowerment, Climate Safety and National Development" in addition to a subtheme on "Every Nigerian a Tree Every Year."

According to the coordinator, AEAN, Dr. Victor Fodeke, tree planting and nurturing will become a natural lifestyle when "we grow money on trees" and celebrate events with legacy tree planting and nurturing lifestyle. He expressed hope that the work to adopt and brand support for muti-purpose tree nurseries for seedlings, community woodlots for food, fodder, fuel-wood, finance, fence, pharmacy, beautification, among other, calling on all hands to be on deck to save the planet because "Earth Day is every day for everybody, every day is earth day for everybody.”

NaijaAgroNet recalls that the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement, thus leading to the passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. 

World leaders sign Paris climate agreement:
Precisely on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2016, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon invited every world leader to the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement reached this past December.

President, Earth Day Network (EDN), Kathleen Rogers said Earth Day is the largest, most recognizable face of the environmental movement as “Millions of people in dozens of different countries will become lifelong environmentalists this and every Earth Day. Hundreds of thousands will be children – our planet’s future. They will join the more than 1 billion people who already use Earth Day to focus on the urgent need to stabilize and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, act locally, become climate voters, and protect their children’s futures.”

This year Earth Day Network, she said, focused on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide, underscoring the fact that EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide, but this year raised the stakes with the beginning of the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, “Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.”

EDN, she also said, have no higher priority this year than to make sure the United States, China, India, the EU, and all the largest CO2 emitters sign the Paris Agreement. EDN has launched a petition calling on world leaders including President Obama to show leadership.

“We need to prove that what happened in Paris last December was not all talk. We need to take action.  Signing the Paris Agreement this Earth Day at the United Nations is just the beginning. That, coupled with our global activities, will make this the largest, most significant Earth Day in years. And it’s the perfect start in our countdown to Earth Day 2020, our 50th!” Rogers said.

As we expect to plant an estimated 7.8 billion trees globally in the next four years for the Earth to become even better place for habitation and by taking a stand via divesting from fossil fuels and making cities 100 per cent renewable, its very important that electronic waste take a front row, considering that more and more electronics are coming into the continent of Africa, and mostly in Nigeria with the increased use of mobile devices on the prowl.

It is therefore advisable that organisations begin to look at how these electronics are disposed eventually to avoid setting up yet another Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by ourselves’ unknown to man.

In Nigeria, there seems to be silent over how to gather these used electronic devices and even the ones we now generate ourselves which may have become obsolete as technologies change almost within monthly basis.

Its through that over 40 certified eWaste in the world as at the time of filing this report, none is in Africa let alone in Nigeria. Uncracked nuts for those who may foresee the underlining businesses and help this society align itself with the global village, given that Nigeria now has over 90 million connected to the Internet for instance, most of whom are on mobile. Where do they discard those devices in the event of damage or at the point of unusability?

These much, must be explained to millions of schoolchildren and their teachers who participate in 2016 Earth Day in education, civic, and outdoor programmes so as to teach them about the importance of clean air, water and adequate disposal of electronic devices as well as how to begin a lifelong practice of civic participation, and experience the wonders of nature. 

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nigeria targets 1,200 agro-equipment hiring centres - Jonathan

The Federal Government of Nigeria is targeting 1,200 Agricultural Equipment Hiring Centres (AEHCs) by end of 2016, says President Goodluck Jonathan, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking to NaijaAgroNet recently in Abuja, the nation’s capital, at the launch of Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP), President Jonathan also disclosed that before December 31, 2014 some 80 Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprises (AEHEs) will spring up.

He explained that AEHEs launch by his leadership is motivated to pave the way for the future agriculture programme pleasant to the youth generation who will see agriculture as business and devoid of undue hardwork will adequate fruit for their labour and as part of effort by Federal Government to mechanize agriculture.

Jonathan also explained that AEHEs is a private sector driven programme that will provide mechanized services for farmers across the country. 

“While over the next two years, a total of 1,200 of the Agricultural Equipment Hiring Centers would be established across the nation,” he said. 

To achieve the drive to encourage young commercial farmers, Jonathan told NaijaAgroNet, concerted effort must be made to take the hoes and cutlasses away from the farms and replace them with tractors and mechanized equipment. 

“The Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP), which I am flagging off today, will further change the face of Nigeria’s agriculture. YEAP has been designed to create a new generation of 750,000 young commercial farmers and agribusiness leaders (Nagropreneurs) that will make Nigeria’s agriculture more efficient, profitable and competitive. They will become the CEOs of their own farms and agribusinesses, create jobs in the rural areas and reverse the trend of high rural to urban migration. They will help to change the mindset of the younger generation on agriculture,” he declared.

These Nagropreneurs, President Jonathan said, will become models and champions for our newly launched National Agriculture Schools Initiative, as they project to younger school children, the image of agriculture as an attractive and wealth creating sector. 
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