Zimbabwe’s landmine strategy sets full clearance goal for 2025

Zimbabwe’s landmine strategy sets full clearance goal for 2025

Zimbabwe has launched its first-ever landmine clearance strategy, designed to deal with a problem that has plagued the southern African nation since the Ian Smith era and the 1970s fight for liberation. The National Mine Action Strategy describes goals of a plan that will run through 2025, seeking to remove…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China again defended its record on Africa Friday, this time while taking a volley of questions from reporters during a routine press briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang. It’s the latest round of responses as Beijing has pushed back in recent weeks against comments, primarily from the…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IPBES report shows critical need to protect Africa’s biodiversity

IPBES report shows critical need to protect Africa’s biodiversity

Biodiversity continues to decline in every region of the world, and that’s especially a concern for Africa, according to newly released regional reports from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). “Africa is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and this is going to have…

China scoffs at news of U.S. inquiry into its African influence

China has defended its role on the African continent, following word that United States lawmakers plan to investigate Beijing’s expanding footprint in African nations and across the globe. Devin Nunes, a Republican member of Congress from California and Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that as part…

Sudan, world’s last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya

Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, has died following a series of age-related health complications and infections. The 45-year-old rhino has been at the center of global attention because unless science can perform a technological miracle, the northern white rhino – which once roamed East and Central Africa…

Study questions food scarcity link in driving African conflict

It isn’t climate change that will increase the frequency of civil war in Africa as a result of food scarcity, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Rather, it’s the abundance of food that attracts armed actors and creates an incentive for controlling resources. “Understanding…

UN launches initiative to better protect environmental defenders

An initiative designed to protect environmental defenders around the world from threats, intimidation, harassment and murder was launched Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Program. The UN Environmental Rights Initiative was introduced in Geneva with guests on hand including John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment;…

A new dawn for a peaceful, prosperous Great Lakes region

Africa Times contributed post By Said Djinnit On 24 February 2013, eleven African heads of state made history in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region came into being. Sudan and Kenya joined the group 11 months…