North Kivu, DR Congo Chicken Egg Project Provides Food For Thought

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and an implementing partner have hatched a pilot project aimed at improving the nutritional needs of displaced Congolese in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Swedish Teenagers Help Educate and Empower Female Refugees in Rwanda

Some US$900,000 raised by Swedish teenagers is giving young female refugees in Rwanda the chance to become more independent and to lead productive lives.

Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa Calls for Secretariat and Volunteer Applicants

The African Union has declared the year 2008 the Year of African Youth, also called YAY 2008.

Grassroots Climate Change Initiatives Food and Trees for Africa in South Africa and Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha in Bangladesh Win Sasakawa Award

Ms. Jeunesse Park of South Africa and the Bangladeshi non-government organization (NGO) Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha are the co-winners of the UNEP Sasakawa Prize 2007, a $200,000 prize awarded yearly to individuals or institutions who have made a substantial contribution to the protection and management of the environment.

Anopheles Mosquitoes as Prey: A Predator from East Africa that Chooses Malaria Vectors

All vectors of human malaria, a disease responsible for more than one million deaths per year, are female mosquitoes from the genus Anopheles. Evarcha culicivora is an East African jumping spider (Salticidae) that feeds indirectly on vertebrate blood by selecting blood-carrying female mosquitoes as preferred prey.

Africa’s Potential to Boost Drinking Water Supplies and Agriculture Underscored in Report by UNEP and the World Agroforestry Centre

The massive potential of rainwater harvesting in Africa is underlined in a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre,November 13,2006, at the UN Climate Convention talks in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sudan’s Sudd Wetlands Designated as Internationally Important

Conservation efforts aiming at preserving one of Africa’s most important wetlands received a major boost as the Sudd region in southern Sudan was included in the Ramsar Convention List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Researchers find Africa's land degradation can be reversed

They showed that dryland degradation can be reversed if farmers, researchers and governments invest in planting trees, farming more sustainably and replenishing groundwater.

Health Ministers Adopt Plan to Ensure Universal Access to Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Africa

Ministers of health and delegates from 48 African countries who met in Maputo, Mozambique on September 22, 2006, unanimously agreed that the right to health is under serious threat in Africa, and that poor sexual and reproductive health is a leading killer.

Africa : Upgrading Traditional Midwives' Skills

What can be done to lessen the risks that come with delivering babies? For one, improve the skills of traditional birth attendants (TBAs), say delegates who met in September 2006 in Mozambique at an African Union (AU) gathering on sexual and reproductive health care.

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