Morocco Leads in Fight Against Climate Change

Like the rest of the world, Morocco is grappling with the serious effects of climate change, after a significant drop in the country’s economic growth in 2016 due to a severe drought in 2015. In a quest to avert the effects of climate change, Morocco has launched a program dubbed “Plan Vert” or the “green plan,” which will help local farmers adopt new and more environmentally friendly farming techniques. Although agriculture is a critical economic pillar for Morocco, the country has long appreciated the importance of regulating the amount of water that farmers pump from underground. Morocco has adopted new irrigation techniques, such as drip irrigation, in order to provide farmers with more reliable access to water. Preventing Soil ErosionWith Plan Vert, Morocco has been encouraging farmers to grow tree crops as opposed to cereals.

January 20, 2017 19:01 UTC

Nigerian Government signs MoU to construct 100,000 housing units

The Nigerian Government on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of 100,000 housing units across the country. The MoU was signed with Shelter Afrique and the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN). Nigeria has a housing deficit- between 17 to 20 million units, therefore this latest scheme is a significant step towards providing affordable housing for Nigerians. About 10,000 housing units are set to be constructed yearly for the next ten years at a cost of $200 billion annually, amounting to a total of $2 billion (610 billion naira). Shelter Afrique is a pan-African finance institution established exclusively to support the development of the African real estate and housing sector.

January 20, 2017 18:46 UTC

Libya: US Airstrikes Kill Dozens IS Militants near Sirte

US airpower has carried sorties in Libya near Sirte killing close to 100 militants of the Islamic State group (IS), American defense officials announced. The raids took place south of the coastal city, which was until December the stronghold of the terrorist group. GNA forces won the fight in December after driving out the terrorists. Many of the militants killed on Wednesday were plotting attacks in Europe, the US Defense Secretary, Ash Carter said at a news conference. Up to 495 US airstrikes were conducted from August till the end of the odyssey in December.

January 20, 2017 16:43 UTC

Nigeria's Biafra Movement To Hold Rally in Support of Trump

The pro-Biafra secessionist group the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) announced Wednesday its intention to hold a rally in Nigeria in support of Donald Trump on his inauguration day, according to Vanguard Newspaper. FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramIPOB issued a press statement asking all who identified with its secessionist ideology to attend a pro-Trump rally in the oil rich city of Port Harcourt, located in Nigeria’s southern region. IPOB describes itself as a representation of those ancestors who were of Biafran origin prior to the colonial era. IPOB is one of a handful of groups in Africa that announced their support for a Trump candidacy ahead of his victory in the November 8th presidential elections. In fact, in a recent report, Amnesty International accused the Nigerian army of killing not less than 150 IPOB members at rally last May as they gathered to celebrate Biafra Remembrance Day.

January 20, 2017 13:04 UTC

Statoil awards OneSubSea production system contract for the Utgard development, North Sea

Statoil awards OneSubSea production system contract for the Utgard development, North SeaFriday, 20 January 2017 07:50North Sea, Lønstrup, Denmark. (Image source: Tomasz Sienicki/Commons)OneSubsea announced on 19 January that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Statoil to supply the subsea production system for the Utgard gas and condensate discovery in the North SeaThe contract includes a subsea template manifold system, two subsea wellheads and vertical monobore subsea trees, production control system, and associated intervention and workover tooling. This follows the execution of a service agreement with Statoil in January 2016. “We look forward to supporting Statoil in the commercial development of Utgard through the delivery of the subsea production system,” said Mike Garding, president, OneSubsea, Schlumberger. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to Norway, the vertical trees, which are part of the contract deliverables, will be assembled and tested at the OneSubsea facility in Horsøy, Norway.

January 20, 2017 13:03 UTC

Senegal Secures Quarter-Final Spot As North African Derby Favours Tunisia

The victory and three points ensured six total points in the group, thanks to Tunisia’s earlier 2-1 win over their North African rivals Algeria. Senegal came out guns blazing, putting heavy pressure on their southern African opponents from the early stages of the encounter. Tunisia takes North African derbyHighly favoured Algeria disappointed in Thursday’s earlier game, falling 2-1 to Tunisia after dreadful defending handed their North African rivals the advantage on two occasions. The result means that the Fennec Foxes are bottom of Group B with only a single point from two games, while Senegal move on to a quarter-final. Group B will conclude with their final group stage matches on Monday, with Senegal facing Algeria in Franceville, while Zimbabwe clash with Tunisia in Libreville.

January 20, 2017 09:23 UTC

AFCON Group B heads for nail biting finale

AFCON Group B heads for nail biting finaleFrom DIDIER NDONG in Libreville, GabonLIBREVILLE, (CAJ News) – WHILE Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations has seen Senegal comfortably book a quarterfinal berth, the race for the final qualifying spot is still wide open. Ahead of the final round of matches, Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe are still in contention. Zimbabwe and Algeria anchor the table with a point apiece, garnered in their thrilling opening match last Sunday. On Thursday, Senegal were too powerful for Zimbabwe and were deserved winners after two early goals in Franceville. Senegal next play Algeria in the ultimate Group B match on Monday, 23 January 2017 in Franceville whilst Tunisia battles Zimbabwe in Libreville.

January 20, 2017 08:44 UTC

North Africa Mixed Migration Hub - Survey Snapshot - Italy | December 2016

ABOUTThough these findings cannot be considered statistically representative of the migration population, they do provide key insights into the migration process. This snapshot presents early survey findings of the profiles, intentions and experiences of those moving in mixed migration flows who have recently arrived in Italy in the last year. 85% of respondents (91% of female and 83% of male) began their migration journey without feeling fully aware of the risks and conditions on their chosen route. This is followed by abuses reported as occurring in the Sahara Desert (10%), Niger and Sudan (2%). Respondents that travelled through Libya reported forced labour (95%), arbitrary detention (88%), physical abuse (83%) and sexual abuse (76%) as the most frequent abuses witnessed or experienced.

January 20, 2017 06:36 UTC

Growth lessons for Kenya’s Vision 2030 dream from global discourse at Davos

Opinion and AnalysisBritish Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on the third day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos on January 19, 2017. Last year was also the year that turned the 2008 global financial crisis into a Western political crisis. UK Prime Minister Theresa May used the week to explain her “take it or leave it” Brexit vision, to Parliament and at Davos. Recall India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent measure to scrap large denomination bank notes in India as the beginning of a sustainable fight against the shadow economy? Now discourse has morphed into a North-South divide — bad in decimating the middle class North, great in creating a middle class South.

January 19, 2017 18:49 UTC

Drought hits cash crop harvests in Rift Valley

The Ministry of Agriculture has attributed the projected decline in production of the cash crops to dry weather between January and June. The tea companies are contemplating uprooting the damaged crop and replant afresh. The Rift Valley produced 65,618.50 metric tonnes of the cash crop last season but the harvest is projected to drop due diseases and neglected farms. Wheat production in the region declined from six to four million tonnes this season due to erratic rainfall in the South Rift. The attack of the crop by birds, Russian wheat aphids, loppers and rust have also contributed to decline wheat production, especially in Narok, according to the annual agricultural report.

January 19, 2017 18:46 UTC

Dry taps and doctors strike give Nairobi a more painful January

Corporate NewsLast week, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company asked car wash vendors to stop operations in a bid to curb use of water. PHOTO | FILEDoctor’s strike and the biting drought have complicated spending plans for average households in Nairobi who have to dig deeper into their pockets for basic needs. For mitigation, the State deployed the Kenya Defence Forces doctors to the facility to work with the nurses and clinical officers, who were also on strike but resumed recently. KNH bed occupancy, for instance, has been decreasing as the facility registers a low turn-out of patients due to the medics’ strike. I am also appealing to the doctors to reconsider their position and come to continue with dialogue.

January 19, 2017 18:46 UTC

Dry spell kills 400,000 goats in Marsabit

Corporate NewsAt least 400,000 goats have died following ravaging drought in Marsabit County in the past eight months, Governor Ukur Yatani has said. SHARE THIS STORY TweetThe county has suspended some recurrent expenditure to raise Sh450 million needed to mitigate effects of the drought in the next three months. Mr Yatani said Marsabit, the biggest county in the country, has not received rain since April last year. The cattle are gone,” Mr Yatani said. In Dukana and North Horr 60 per cent of the livestock, more than 400,000 goats have died,” said Mr Yatani who is also the council of governors’ whip.

January 19, 2017 18:46 UTC

Tunisia bounce back to defeat Algeria in tense north African Afcon derby

Substitute Sofiane Hanni scored a consolation goal for the Algerian Desert Foxes a minute into stoppage time. Among the pre-tournament favourites, Algeria have only one point from two matches and must defeat top-ranked African team Senegal next Monday to have a chance of survival. Senegal will become the first qualifiers for the quarter-finals if they defeat Zimbabwe later Thursday in the second part of a double-header. Although the northern neighbours have been regular competitors at the biennial African football showcase, this was only their second Cup of Nations meeting. Having weathered the first-half Algerian storm, Tunisia took the lead five minutes into the second half.

January 19, 2017 18:06 UTC

EBRD Invests Over € 1.3 Bln In North Africa & Jordan,

EBRD Invests Over € 1.3 Bln In North Africa & Jordan,The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has invested in 2016 more than €1.3 billion in 41 projects in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt & Jordan. The investments were made in the energy and renewable energy sectors, as well as in infrastructure, agribusiness and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs.) In Jordan, the Bank financed six large-scale renewable energy projects worth more than 400 MW of total capacity in its effort to bolster energy security and promote renewable sources of energy. Across the whole EBRD region, the Bank continued to deliver strong support in 2016 with a powerful program of investments that helped modernize economies and make them more robust and resilient. At the beginning of 2017, the EBRD introduced the concept of transition qualities.

January 19, 2017 15:30 UTC

Biden issues call for Europe and the US to defend the Liberal International Order

Two days before stepping down from office, US Vice-President Joseph R. Biden called on the United States and Europe to confirm the transatlantic alliance and continue to work together to defend the liberal international order that has brought stability and peace in Europe since the end of World War II. “History has proven that the defence of free nations in Europe has always been America’s fight,” Biden said in a special address to participants on the second day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “The United States should fulfil our historic responsibility as the indispensible nation, but we have never been able to lead alone. It is only through championing the liberal international order that we will retain our position of leadership.” Noted Biden: “There will be a new president in the US, but the challenges and choices we make as an international community do not hinge exclusively on Washington’s leadership. Unskilled workers are losing their jobs, while higher-paid skilled workers are getting paid more and more.

January 19, 2017 10:48 UTC

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