The prevailing drought in large parts of Africa is proof that climate change is already exacerbating the chronic challenges of food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation. Dr Richard Munang suggests strategic, operational and sustainable solutions and advocates collective effort.
We need to get beyond past talk of Africa’s great potential to action. Dr Richard Munang and Mr Robert Mgendi suggest sustainable ecosystem-based adaptation-driven agriculture as a measure that is practical and has already succeeded in parts of Africa.
A recent climate change report suggests that the globe is headed for a 2,9°C to 3, 4°C warming, a scenario that could spell disaster for the African continent. However, given the scale of the challenge, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi argue, this could be an opportune moment for the continent to pull together for a common purpose.
The term ‘Africa rising’, coined to describe the rapid economic growth on the continent, has generated a lot of hype over the years, yet it does not tell the entire story. As the old saying goes, every coin has two sides, and Africa’s economic boom typifies this idiomatic expression.
With the right policies in place, Africa’s agricultural sector can help solve the chronic socio-economic challenges of food insecurity, poverty and unemployment, write Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi
With the recently concluded 27th African Union Assembly themed around human rights, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi argue that universal access to education is a crucial step towards empowering citizens on the continent.
At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi write that the terms of the deal present Africa with an opportunity for long-term sustainable economic growth.
With climate change posing a serious threat to the livelihoods of millions, the future of the African continent depends on tackling challenges in governance, say Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.
An old African proverb proclaims, “It is the young trees that make up the forest.” What this means in the present context is that Africa’s youth will determine its future. Indeed, Africa will not rise unless young people provide leadership and leverage their tech-savviness to mobilise for the realisation of better policies – policies that promote inclusive development.