Rome – FAO today marked International Tea Day by stressing the crucial need to ensure the sustainability of tea production – a basis for the livelihoods of millions of farmers – especially at a time when the world economy enters a recession and incomes decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the current pandemic, the first observance of International Tea Day was held virtually. “Tea, as a source of employment and revenue,…"First International Tea Day sees call for joint action to ensure sustainability of tea sector"
Rome – The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, has warned that efforts to control Desert Locusts will take time, noting increased concern for the Sahel and Southwest Asia is adding to the burden of efforts ongoing in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Qu was joined by the UN Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, Mark Lowcock, on Thursday at a virtual briefing for FAO Members,…"FAO Director-General says the fight against Desert Locusts will take time, despite significant control gains"
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya as Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. As the second woman to be appointed in the role, she will succeed Lise Kingo of Denmark, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her dedication and strategic leadership in steering the work of the Global Compact and broadening its contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Due…"Secretary-General Appoints Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact"
Kenya’s ban on church services because of social distancing restrictions to slow the coronavirus pandemic, is not stopping one church leader from spreading the Gospel. The Rev. Paul Macharia from All Saints’ Cathedral in Kiambu County heads the service, dubbed “B2B” for “balcony to balcony.” Each Sunday he hits the road delivering his sermons to scores of people in apartment buildings. Macharia relishes the reception he has received, telling the Associated Press it would not…"Kenya Church Leader Takes Services to Worshippers Amid COVID-19 Restrictions"
NAIROBI – Kenya has stepped up efforts to find a local treatment for COVID-19. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), East Africa’s leading medical research facility, is testing the efficacy of an herbal medicine known as Zedupex. The search for both a cure and a vaccine for the coronavirus has intensified around the globe, including in Kenya, as medical researchers race to find the elusive remedy. Dr. Festus Tolo of Kenya’s Medical Research Institute is…"Kenya Researchers Explore Herbal COVID-19 Cure"
Three private enterprises in Tharaka Nithi County have pooled together their resources to complement government efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19 by providing fumigation pumps and sensitising police officers on how to handle suspected cases. Mutindwa Enterprises Ltd, Mafuko Industries Ltd and the National Gun Owners Association of Kenya (NGAO) launched the noble initiative by training and sensitising the police on hygiene, while arresting and handcuffing lawbreakers at this critical time. Speaking during the…"Police Sensitized On Handling Lawbreakers During Pandemic"