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Environmental Management & Climate Change

Maize shortages loom for Southern Africa

Maize shortages loom for Southern Africa

Maize shortages loom for Southern Africa      There is a maize supply challenge on the horizon in Southern Africa. By Wandile Sihlobo  The Southern African region continues to face climate-related challenges that place its agricultural sector and food supply at risk. The mid-summer drought of 2024 has devasted the regional maize supplies, a staple food […]

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More funds needed for the Zambezi River Basin

More funds needed for the Zambezi River Basin

More funds needed for the Zambezi River Basin The Zambezi River Basin is a massive area of critical importance. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine It is encouraging to see the African Development Bank allocating more than USD10-million towards improving the collaborative management of water, energy, food and environmental

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Where agriculture meets mining

Where agriculture meets mining

Where agriculture meets mining Mining companies in Africa are investing in agricultural projects to diversify the economies of rural areas. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine The primary industries of mining and agriculture share many similar characteristics. Both rely on the earth’s natural resources to be successful, and most

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Mining essential for food security

Mining essential for food security

Mining essential for food security Mining is essential for the world’s growing population to have enough food in the future.     By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) world hunger has increased by 150 million since 2019 (pre Covid-19) to 828 million

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NSDV’s People Over Paper mantra attracts top talent

NSDV’s People Over Paper mantra attracts top talent

NSDV’s People Over Paper mantra attracts top talent     Top African law firm NSDV maintains it’s 70% women-led position in a male-dominated industry. NSDV has grown by 12% year on year on the back of a surge in demand for expertise in the African mining, environmental and energy space. The firm recently appointed three more

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What is marine-based carbon removal?

What is marine-based carbon removal?

What is marine-based carbon removal? There are three ways the ocean can become a carbon removal titan. By Eve Pope, analyst at IDTechEX     Every year, our oceans absorb 11-15 gigatonnes of CO2 as part of the Earth’s natural carbon cycle. An unsung hero in the face of rising global temperatures, negative emission technology pioneers

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Responsible sourcing of cobalt

Responsible sourcing of cobalt

Responsible sourcing of cobalt The cobalt industry is becoming more sensitive to negative impacts within the supply chain. With many rural communities in Africa being reliant on artisanal mining for their livelihoods, industries using cobalt are becoming sensitive to potential negative impacts in the mining supply chain. News agency Reuters has reported there are 150,000

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Ethiopia’s sustainable energy transition

Ethiopia’s sustainable energy transition

Ethiopia’s sustainable energy transition Ethiopia is on track to increase power generation capacity to 17GW within the next decade. Ethiopia intends achieving this ambitious goal by prioritising the development of all available energy resources. The country’s current installed power generation capacity is measured at 5.2GW. According to the World Bank, Ethiopia has the third largest

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Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects Africa is a continent of great opportunities, but financing is needed to unlock opportunities. Africa has a young workforce, great renewable energy potential, rich natural resources and incredible biodiversity. According to African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Africa remains the second-fastest-growing region in the world after Asia. According to Adesina

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Zambia’s agricultural policy constraints

Zambia’s agricultural policy constraints

Zambia’s agricultural policy constraints Despite a shortfall of maize this year Zambia can still not import genetically modified maize.    By Wandile Sihlobo  Zambia’s maize production in the 2023/24 season is down by more than 50% to an estimated harvest of 1,6 million tonnes because of the intense heat wave and mid-summer drought. The country

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Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity A new partnership aims to make Senegal’s livestock sector more competitive and sustainable. Senegal’s five-year National Livestock Development Program will help improve food security, nutrition, and public health by establishing a control system for food products of animal origin to ensure product safety. Partners in the first phase of the program

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Holistic environmental approach at Boegoebaai

Holistic environmental approach at Boegoebaai

A holistic environmental approach is being followed at the Boegoebaai development in SA. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is leading the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that is being undertaken for the Northern Cape’s plan to produce green hydrogen in a proposed new special economic zone (SEZ), as well as

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Dealing with DRC’s mining boom

Dealing with DRC’s mining boom

Dealing with DRC’s mining boom The DRC has seen considerable investment into infrastructure supporting its mining sector.       Now the world’s second-largest producer of copper behind Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is seeing considerable investment in infrastructure to support mining and other sectors. According to SRK Consulting South Africa’s chairman Vis Reddy, it

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Defeating malaria could boost African economies

Defeating malaria could boost African economies

Defeating malaria could boost African economies African economies could experience cumulative growth if UN targets to reduce malaria are met. According to research in a new report titled “The malaria dividend” by Malaria no more UK, African countries could see a GDP increase of USD127-billion dollars if the UN target to cut malaria by 90%

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Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa WhyAfrica’s outlook for Africa remains positive despite serious challenges and constraints. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine While the outlook for most of Africa remains robust, political uncertainly and extreme weather events continue to plague the positive spin. The recent floods and extreme weather in

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Why fund Africa’s biodiversity?

Why fund Africa’s biodiversity?

Why fund Africa’s biodiversity? Funding is vital to preserve Africa’s ecosystems which are essential to sustain its biodiversity. Compiled by Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine.      Africa is home to the world’s most biodiverse regions. Eight of the 36 recognised global biodiversity hotspots are found on the African continent.

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Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica! There is still ample time to become part of the 2024 WhyAfrica Road Trip story.   By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   To enable the WhyAfrica team to drive more than 9000km overland through six African countries and visit close to 30 project sites

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Africa’s remarkable growth potential

Africa’s remarkable growth potential

Africa’s remarkable growth potential The latest AfDB African Economic Outlook report describes Africa’s growth potential as remarkable.     Africa will retain its 2023 ranking as the second fastest-growing region after developing Asia in 2024 and 2025. According to the African Development Bank Group’s African Economic Outlook, 41 countries in Africa are projected to experience stronger

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Preparing for extreme weather

Preparing for extreme weather

Preparing for extreme weather Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent across Africa. Strategies are needed to prepare for and adapt to extreme climate and weather events. Out of season occurrences have been battering parts of Africa over the last few years. According to CSIR senior researcher Dr Neville Sweijd extreme events

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Addressing Africa’s unique challenges

Addressing Africa’s unique challenges

Addressing Africa’s unique challenges It’s a balancing act to address Africa’s energy needs while managing climate responsibilities.   By Yanga Malotana Climate change, development and energy security are tightly linked. While energy is a major driving force of economic development and poverty reduction, it also contributes to climate change. Climate change induced factors such as extreme

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Solar empowers African Sahel

Solar empowers African Sahel

Solar empowers African Sahel   The Desert-to-Power initiative aims to bring energy to one of the least developed regions of Africa. The African Development Bank is the driving force behind one of the world’s most ambitious energy projects: the Desert-to-Power initiative which involves 11 countries across the Sahelian belt. An estimated 250 million people is

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Initiatives supporting African communities

Initiatives supporting African communities

Initiatives supporting African communities Extreme weather and war have led to many internally displaced communities across Africa.  It is especially in the northern parts of West Africa, in the Horn of Africa and in parts of Central and East Africa where people have fled their homes. According to Dr Mary Okumu, ForAfrica’s Technical Director, conflict

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Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan There is an urgent need for collective action to reverse biodiversity loss. The theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity, “Be part of the Plan” emphasises the urgent need for collective action to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global

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Maximise green hydrogen’s impact

Maximise green hydrogen’s impact

Maximise green hydrogen’s impact Green hydrogen must be produced efficiently to minimise the costs of production and demand for renewables. Conversion of electricity to hydrogen currently creates an energy loss of roughly 30% but there are technologies available today to reduce this loss. A new Danfoss Impact paper reveals that with hydrogen production set to

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Benchmark for sustainable business

Benchmark for sustainable business

Benchmark for sustainable business The newly launched ESG Confidence Index is set to become a benchmark for sustainable business in Africa. ESG Africa Events, the organisers of the ESG Africa conference and bronze sponsor of the 2024 WhyAfrica Road Trip, in partnership with Moore Global, last week launched the ESG Africa Confidence Index, a pivotal

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