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Drought kills 3 800 cows, goats in Tanzania

A total of 3 829 livestock, including cows, sheep and goats, have died as a result of drought in the Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, in eastern Tanzania, local media reports said this week. Tanzania, an impoverished Eastern Africa of 50 million people, has witnessed six major droughts in the last 30 years, analysts said. The […]

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Water, electricity scarcity forces businesses to consider environmental impact

More than 50 years after its independence, Africa is still lagging behind many parts of the world in terms of water, electricity and waste management. In many countries, authorities are constantly reminding people and businesses to use water and power sparingly, and strive to manage their waste effectively. A South Africa-based expert says this week […]

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Africa’s small scale farmers: the struggle continues?

Despite their valuable contribution to the continent’s food security and social development, small scale farmers continue to struggle to stay afloat and improve their output, let alone make any significant impact in the agro-industrial sector. Lack of government and big business’ support, lack of farm management skills, expertise and equipment, unfair land distribution policies and […]

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Africa’s vultures poisoned for body parts use in traditional medicine

A recent study conducted by BirdLife International for its partner International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) shows that 29% of Africa’s vultures have been poisoned by people looking to use their body parts in traditional medicine. African witchdoctors and fortune-tellers requesting their customers to bring ‘precious’ birds for ‘spiritual treatment’ is a common sight in […]

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2016 the hottest year on record: United Nations

This year is “very likely” to be the hottest on record, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said this week. Preliminary data through October showed global average temperatures this year were 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial levels. This marks the third consecutive year that temperature records have been broken, while […]

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