UN: 17% of All Food Available at Consumer Levels is Wasted

An estimated 931 million tonnes of food, or 17% of total food available to consumers in 2019, went into the waste bins of households, retailers, restaurants and other food services, according to new UN research conducted to support global efforts to halve food waste by 2030. The weight roughly equals that of 23 million fully-loaded 40-tonne trucks — enough bumper-to-bumper to circle the Earth 7 times. The Food Waste Index Report 2021, from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner organization WRAP, looks at food waste that occurs in retail…

E-Boda-Bodas: a promising day for electric transportation in East Africa

 Forty-nine motorcycles made little noise but raised much interest in Nairobi’s Karura Forest this morning, as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a pilot electric bikes project in the presence of Kenyan government officials and business leaders. Following the pilot phase in four locations in Kenya, the project is expected to expand in an effort to reduce air pollution, improve national energy security and create green jobs.   “Kenya is importing more motorcycles than cars, doubling its fleet every 7-8 years. These are generally inefficient and poorly maintained polluting motorcycles,” said Joyce Msuya, UNEP…

World Animal Protection calls for an End to wildlife trade

In a virtual conference held to mark World Wildlife day, World Animal Protection has launched an interactive map showing wildlife trade routes and the cruelty animals go through.  Featured prominently were- The Ball Pythons in West Africa, African Grey Parrots in Central Africa, The Traditional medicine markets in Benin and Lion bone trade in South Africa. Edith Kabesiime, Wildlife Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection said; “This interactive map shows wildlife trade routes globally and the dangers it has if not stopped. The African continent is home to some of…

Farmers in Western Kenya bet on community seed bank, indigenous foods to boost incomes and tackle malnutrition

With increasing malnutrition and key nutrient deficiency of zinc, iron and vitamins in Western Kenya, occasioned by changing diets, a group of farmers are reversing this trend by investing in the cultivation, consumption, preservation and sale of indigenous vegetables and seeds which has boosted nutrition and incomes. Researchers have found that undernutrition and obesity are on the rise, and many people suffer from deficiencies in zinc, iron and vitamin A. The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have been working with partners including farmers,…

Kenya’s JKIA and Moi International Airport bag top Africa rankings

Kenya’s Moi International Airport (MIA) and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) bagged the coveted best airport by size and region award from Airports Council International (ACI) rankings which placed the two airports at the top in Africa. ACI which is a global trade representative of the world’s airport authorities that sets standards and operational guidelines globally said that the two airports based in Kenya’s two biggest cities of Mombasa and Nairobi were picked for their excellence in customer service. “JKIA won the 2020 Best Airport by Size and Region in…