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Yala Swamp Saga: Broken Promises, Idle Land

This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Writer: Geoffrey Kamadi Coordination: Fredrick Mugira June 2019 June 2019 The story of Yala Swamp and Dominion Farms Limited reads like any sad, unfortunate tale, typical of land acquisition deals gone awry. Often times involving big, powerful […]

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How Egypt’s water feeds the Gulf

Writers: Nada Arafat and Saker El Nour Coordination: Fredrick Mugira May 2019 This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Vast expanses of green extend across the horizon, tended by the advanced machinery that has replaced hundreds of agricultural workers. The land is watered using center-pivot irrigation systems, […]

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Land Grabbing and Its Implications for Sudanese – Views from a scholar

This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira May 13, 2019 Investors from largely food-insecure Gulf countries are increasingly buying vast swaths of fertile land irrigated by the Nile River in Sudan to grow food crops to sustain their populations. […]

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African countries tipped to join UN water

AfDB/Agonza Innocent in Kigali, Rwanda May 13, 2019 The African Development Bank and the United Nations Water Convention have agreed to jointly encourage African countries to join the UN water management organization to promote integrated and sustainable management of surface and groundwater resources. The move follows a visit by a delegation from the UN Convention on […]

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Uncertainty over laws fuel land grabs in South Sudan

Foreign investors acquired 2.5 million hectares of land since 2006 Writer: Paul Jimbo Coordination: Annika McGinnis This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. The Government of South Sudan is encouraging many new investments in hope that the foreign companies will produce food and ease the country’s […]

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Human health in dire straits if urgent actions are not made to protect the environment, warns landmark UN report

Agonza Innocent March 14, 2019 The most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years was published this week, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken. The report, which was […]

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UN report calls for urgent action to tackle chemical pollution as global production is set to double by 2030

Water Journalists Africa/ UN Environment-News Desk March 11, 2019 Countries will not meet the internationally agreed goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, meaning that urgent action is required to reduce further damage to human health and economies, according to a UN report released today. The second Global Chemicals Outlook, presented during the […]

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African Development Bank calls for scale up in implementation of sanitation targets

Innocent Agonza/APO Group March 2, 2019 The African Development Bank has called on development partners to scale up support for implementation of sanitation programs to fast track Africa’s progress and deliver on its promise to the continent. “Achieving the Ngor Commitments and the ambitious targets for sanitation and hygiene within the Global Development Agenda can […]