Africa’s food import bill matches the size of Tunisia’s economy

Africa’s food import bill is likely to balloon, lifted by a deadly mix of shocks including the Covid-19 pandemic, desert locust invasion and natural disasters such as floods and drought.According to most recent World Bank data, Africa’s food import expenses stand at $35-40 billion per year and growing, equivalent to the size of Tunisia’s economy.The recent forces assailing the continent including Covid-19 which has disrupted inputs supply chain and put investments on ice now threaten to further lift the heavy bill, possibly past $40 billion per year.The high import bill is despite the continent boasting a comparatively bigger share of arable land, especially in sub-Saharan Africa alongside a big army of the working-age population looking for jobs. Read more…
South Africans, Kenyans most concerned about climate change New developments in Kenya’s energy space
South Africa, Kenya and Chile have the highest share of citizens most concerned about the effects of climate change across the globe, a new survey shows.About 90 percent of the populations of the three nations are extremely concerned about climate change and highly tuned into news outlets for information around the subject. This is according to the survey findings by UK-based Reuters Institute – the University of Oxford’s research centre on media issues.“Around 90 percent of respondents in Chile, Kenya and South Africa view climate change as very or extremely serious…”
Read more…Beyond the horizon, past the distant shades of evening glow and mystical nights, what’s the picture of Kenya’s future energy landscape like?Indeed much ground has been covered in the country’s forward march towards energy security. Most Kenyan adults would recall the dark days when bouts of blackouts would religiously roll across the country whenever the rains failed.Now, the fortunes of East Africa’s economic powerhouse have greatly improved over the years, energy-wise. The frequency and duration of outages have steeply dropped, be it during scheduled maintenance or unforeseen network breakdown. Read more…
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Ghana to develop a national plan for climate adaptation
The Government of Ghana has launched the process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in efforts to build nationwide resilience to climate change impacts.

The project is the first of its kind in Ghana to use future climate projections to plan over large timescales, up to the year 2080.The NAP process seeks to reduce vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change by strategically planning to build resilience, especially in developing countries. NAPs are widely viewed as one of the most important mechanisms for climate adaptation. Read more…The south pole is warming fast. Very fastThe planet is warming. That we’ve known. It is warming much fastest near the poles. That we’ve also known. Yet just how fast that warming has been still comes as a surprise.

The Arctic has warmed by 0.75 degrees Celsius over the last decade alone, which is a rate much faster than the global average, according to a recent study.

Now comes a new study with some bad news for the southernmost regions. The South Pole, too, is warming much faster than the global average: more than three times faster over the past three decades. Read more…