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Africa shows rising interest in green building design

 The UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative attributed 30% of annual carbon emissions to the global building sector. In response to this and the commitments made by numerous states to reduce their carbon emissions in line with the Paris accord, green building design has become integral in the design and construction of buildings in many parts of the world, as well as in Africa.   Over the last six years – in particular - there has been significant uptake.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 9th August 2017

RwandAir Opens New Hub in Benin as Rwanda Builds New Airport

 Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir on Tuesday launched its regional hub in Benin to  effectively serve Western and Central Africa.   RwandAir route to Cotonou-Benin was opened in 2016 connecting Rwanda to West Africa adding to already established routes including; Douala, Accra, Libreville, Abidjan and Lagos.   According to RwandAir officials,Cotonou is already a vibrant trade hub in Western Africa. It is also expected to boost tourism between Rwanda.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 9th August 2017

Rwanda concludes agreement for new Bugesera Airport

 With the backing of the African Legal Support Facility, the Government of Rwanda has taken a concrete step toward becoming a transportation hub for the East African region with the signing of a Concession Agreement for the construction and operation of Bugesera International Airport. Kigali is being positioned to become a nerve center for business, travel, and shipping in the sub-region.   The agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Rwanda by the Minister of.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 9th August 2017

Stunning treehouse retreat in Rwanda sets a new standard for ecotourism

 Rwanda’s unbelievable Bisate Lodge is a stunning example of how to build in a natural landscape without causing harm. Constructed into an eroded volcanic cone, the pod-like villas, which were designed by Johannesburg-based architect Nick Plewman, are surrounded by lush forest with views of the volcanic landscape.The lodge is part of an effort to honor the local culture while restoring the indigenous forest.   Designed to pay homage to the Rwandan culture and natural.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 9th August 2017

Yara supports Agric Ministry's 'Planting For Food and Jobs' program

 Yara Ghana, a leading supplier of quality fertilizers, has initiated moves to partner the government's new agricultural program known as Plant For Food and  Jobs.   This as a result of the company's belief that the program will benefit the nation in the area of food security. Already Yara's fertilizers have been selected by the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the preparation to kick start of the program in September this year.   This was disclosed by the.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

Studying a Disease in Order to Prevent Starvation

 When you start talking about food security, you have to have to think about disease detection and management. That’s what I’m thinking about as I get ready to leave for a cassava field survey in southern Tanzania.   You might know cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) as tapioca, or a thickener in pies and bubble tea. But for over 800 million people in Africa and Asia this crop of tubers is their main source of food and income.   For example, according to.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

Tanzania bans grain exports to curb inflation, boost food industry

 Tanzania banned grain exports on Monday in a bid to stem rising local prices and rein in inflation, as well as boost the country’s nascent food processing industry.   Food is the biggest driver of inflation in the East African nation, which exported more than 1.5 million tonnes of cereals to neighbours in 2016, the agriculture ministry has estimated.   Government officials have also previously warned that, with the trade largely unregulated, food exports were.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

Organic farming gains popularity

 The historical background of organic agriculture in Tanzania goes back to the world history of agriculture, when people were farming more traditionally.   This is to say, modern organic farming still has roots from the first half of the 20th century, when there was growing reliance on non-organic methods. After the industrial revolution had introduced synthetic methods, most of which were not well-developed and had serious side effects, an organic movement began in the.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

IFC And WFP Collaborate To Finance Smallholder Farmers In Rwanda And Tanzania

 The initiatives with KCB Bank Rwanda Limited and CRDB Bank PLC in Tanzania are part of the Farm to Market Alliance, a multi-stakeholder platform established in 2016, of which IFC and WFP are global members, to create agriculture value chains that secure sizeable local and international demand for produce from smallholder farmers. The Alliance is designed to create systemic change in markets through a holistic approach to smallholder development. This approach, which is.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

WFP Embarks On New Strategic Plan In Tanzania

 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a four-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) in Tanzania. It is fully-aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which aims to end poverty, reduce inequality, tackle climate change and ensure sustainable agriculture and food security.   Under the CSP, WFP aims to improve market access for 250,000 smallholder farmers while overseeing a multi-sector nutrition programme for 185,000 pregnant and nursing.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

CZECHS TO OPEN CLINIC IN TANZANIA

 The Europe Dispensary Clinic was built by Czech consultant Viktor Korček, founder of the Czech-Kenyan trade chamber, and is set to start operating in August in Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. It is intended mainly for middle-class and higher class clients.    Korček expects the clinic to attract around three thousand patients a month and to be economically self-sufficient. It will cooperate with local insurance companies. At the moment, some 50 percent of.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017

Tanzania: Call for Joint Efforts to Fight Cancer, TB

 Residents and various health stakeholders have been urged to cooperate with the government, regional health facilities and councils to ensure a promise to increase the budget for testing and treatment of cervical and breast cancer, including TB is fulfilled.   The call was made recently by Ruvuma Regional Referral Hospital medical officer, Dr Goziberth Mutayabarwa, when opening a two-day seminar to raise awareness of regional health teams and councils on TB, cervical and.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th July 2017



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