October 06, 2015
A meeting of experts convened by the African Union and Nepad aimed at establishing specialized technical committee (STC) has agreed to present agriculture, water, rural development and environment as major issues during the Cop21 in Paris, France.
The Conference of Parties (COP) 21 is expected to be held in December this year with continental experts likely to present what they perceive as challenges following thorough research and consultations.
News has it that COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
To this effect, the STC, which comes into effect this week following revision and examination of terms of reference (ToRs) is expected to do just that on behalf of the continent with clear backing of Nepad and AU.
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By Richard Levine
At last year’s annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers, the 800 attendees were asked to write the names of their scientific heroes on their name tags. I’m here now in Cambridge, MA for the 2015 meeting and there is no such space on the name tags this year, so I’m going to write about it here.
The timing of this is significant because tomorrow I am flying to Des Moines, Iowa for the World Food Prize event, which was created by Dr. Norman Borlaug in 1986. After he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, Dr. Borlaug noticed that there was no Nobel prize for agriculture, so he established the World Food Prize, which is given annually to a scientist who has made great contributions towards solving hunger problems in the world, especially in developing countries.
The man who saved a billion…
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