Singapore – Food security, productivity and efficiency of agriculture, and the resilience of farmers to the impact of climate change – these are some of the challenges that the world will face on a larger scale in the years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly highlighted the importance of resilience of food systems. It has become even more important now that we develop and adopt innovative methodologies and technologies, that can help bolster countries…"UNDP’s AgriTech initiative: Cultiv@te finalists announced"
The UN General Assembly will cast ballots in-person for five new non-permanent Security Council seats, its president said Thursday, effectively ruling out electronic voting despite the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to UN members obtained by AFP, President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that voting members would be “invited to visit the venue at the designated time slot communicated to them in advance” in order to cast their ballot. Mexico and India are guaranteed a spot on…"UN WON’T VOTE ELECTRONICALLY IN SECURITY COUNCIL ELECTION"
The past two decades have seen the rise of new forms of authoritarianism. These modern authoritarian regimes use diverse tactics to keep democratic institutions weak. For example, governments in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda have formally decentralised power under the guise of democracy, development, and diversity, while in practice weakening and fragmenting local government. Such regimes do not eliminate democratic spaces completely, rather they make them fragile and uncertain. Citizens can criticise…"Naked protest: how ordinary citizens reveal truth to repressive regimes"
At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of informing people to help them make their own decisions is growing. Many regions are lifting social distancing recommendations, but epidemiologists warn of a surge in cases if restrictions are lifted too soon. One challenge in keeping people informed, though, is that there is still so much uncertainty around the novel coronavirus. Scientists are still working to unlock its many mysteries. And when there are gaps…"Lessons in explaining viruses to the public: rely on the science"
NAIROBI, There is a plan for Kenyan troops to leave Somalia by December next year, local newspaper Daily Nation has reported, citing a new book by just retired military chief Samson Mwathethe. The exit plan includes first ensuring the Somali army can take over security from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), which is also made up of troops from Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Burundi. The strategy cites the creation of a buffer zone…"Kenya troops ‘planning Somalia exit next year’"
NAIROBI, Rachel Wanjiru was already struggling to get enough water to wash her children’s hands during the coronavirus lockdown – then a landslide knocked out the supply near her home in Nairobi’s Kangemi slum. Heavy rains swept away the main water pipes running through forests in the Aberdare mountain range north of Kenya’s capital a week ago. Soon after that, the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company shut down a treatment plant feeding the city. Now…"Taps run dry in Kenya’s capital after landslides damage water pipes as coronavirus spreads"