Ghana selected as home for AfCFTA secretariat

Ghana selected as home for AfCFTA secretariat

The new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will make its home in Ghana, a decision announced Sunday during an African Union summit in Niger that celebrated the official launch of the free-trade deal. Actual trading under AfCFTA is expected to begin a year from now and when it does,…

Benin joins Nigeria, agrees to sign AfCFTA agreement

Benin joins Nigeria, agrees to sign AfCFTA agreement

The West African nation of Benin will sign its agreement to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a move announced Friday that follows Nigeria’s big decision in favor of the common market earlier this week. That leaves just “one more signatory state before all 55 African Union members are…

Tech-driven agriculture holds promise for African youth

Tech-driven agriculture holds promise for African youth

From the agricultural use of drones in Mozambique to solar irrigation systems in Niger, the African continent is embracing digital technologies to boost its food productivity and profitably – and that only becomes a more critical goal as young populations grow across the coming decades. That’s one reason why youth…

ECOWAS set to hear Sierre Leone case on pregnant student ban

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court will hold a hearing Thursday on Sierra Leone’s ban that prevents pregnant girls from attending school with their peers or sitting for their exams. Joining in the legal case on behalf of the affected girls is Amnesty International, which received permission…

DRC research adds new insights on deforestation, carbon release

A group of international researchers working in the Democratic Republic of Congo say that deforestation, typically to use more land for agriculture, may be adding carbon dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere through a different and less understood pathway. While the broader effects of deforestation are known, the new research suggests…

Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Population trends continue to put a number of African nations at the top of countries seeing the biggest increases by 2050, according to “The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” report released Monday by the United Nations. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt all are among the…

Three African presidents on hand for Women Deliver panel

President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first woman to lead Ethiopia, was on hand in Vancouver, Canada, as the Women Deliver 2019 conference kicked off on Monday. The four-day meeting is the world’s largest on gender equity and the rights of women and girls. “For me, the work has just started,” said…

WMO: Mozambique must prepare for climate change impacts

As Mozambique hosts a donor conference to support cyclone relief efforts – it begins Friday in Beira – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that the destruction caused by storms Idai and Kenneth is a wake-up call to deal with impacts linked to climate change. Tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and…

Kenyatta, Kiir join forces on the future of African cities

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta focused on sustainable urban development as the two participated in a panel discussion on cities at the United Nations Habitat Assembly in Nairobi. Kenyatta said the future represents a massive challenge for urbanization, with the need for alternative solutions…

Botswana defends elephant hunting ban reversal

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, in a controversial decision announced Thursday by environment and wildlife minister Kitso Mokaila. The ruling follows a year-long process in Botswana to evaluate the ban, which was put in place five years ago by former president Ian Khama. He was succeeded in…

Nearly $62 million is headed to Africa to support women in business

Nearly USD$62 million for women in business is headed to the African continent, after the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) announced on Monday its funding allocation for the African Development Bank and its own women-focused programs. The funding through AfDB’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) will be…

IPBES: We depend on ecosystems that are rapidly deteriorating

An estimated 1 million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction within decades and the threats to their survival are accelerating, according to a much-anticipated report on biodiversity from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem…