Cape Town, in South Africa, after three years of drought in 2018, faced an unprecedented hydric crisis. There was an imminent risk of becoming the first large metropolis in the world to be without water. Thus the city implemented various measures to dribble the crisis.
AGRF: Farmers from Nigeria and Tanzania to benefit from two agreements
The grants are designed by the Bank’s Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) to provide sustainable financing solutions to boost the fertilizer value chain in Africa
Mabira is one of Uganda's few remaining rainforests, covering an area of about 300 square kilometers. One of the largest reserves in the country, Mabira is home to endangered species. However, population growth, high demand for charcoal and agricultural invasion pose risks to their conversation. To combat degradation, the Uganda National Forest Authority uses a program for forest mapping, protection, and management.
The total demand for water consumption has increased by 80% in Brazil in the last two decades, according to a report published in December 2018 by the National Water Agency (ANA). And the trend is for that demand to continue increasing. The forecast on consumption predicts it will increase by 24% by 2030. The records on increased water demand show that consumption is directly related to economic development and the urbanization process in the country, based on the same study.
Twenty years ago Timor-Leste became independent from Indonesia through a consultation organized by the United Nations. “A thriving democracy where human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic alternation are respected,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a message to mark the date.
Brazil will be able to recover 12 million hectares of native vegetation throughout its entire territory by 2030. This estimation is based on a report prepared by a group of 45 researchers from 25 Brazilian institutions, and it was presented last week in Rio de Janeiro. That scientific work casts a new light on recent discussions on relations between deforestation and agricultural production. “Environmental issues (conservation and ecological restoration) and agricultural production are interconnected and can progress jointly, without harming either side. Contrary to that, it can bring about direct benefits, such as the availability of pollinators for crops, water, and soil conservation. Mainly, the possibility of environmental certification of agricultural production, adding further value”, explains Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues, researcher and professor in the Luiz de Queiroz Higher Education Agricultural School at São Paulo University (USP) and one of the authors of this document.
On August 23, 2019, I was appalled by Bloomberg’s report suggesting that “more fires were burning in Angola, Congo than Amazon”. Its opening paragraph was full of bombast and written with a clear intention to underestimate the Amazon situation by comparing it to what happened in Angola at the same time: “Blazes burning in the Amazon have put heat on the environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, but Brazil is actually third in the world in wildfires over the last 48 hours.”
Safe access to drinking water is a basic and essential human necessity. Water shortage causes risks to food and nutritional security, as it threatens the required food supply for the survival of a population. Besides that, polluted water weakens or even destroys the natural ecosystems that sustain human health and biodiversity.