Rome – In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals and meat markets, most prices remained under downward pressure amid market uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 93.2 points in June, some 2.4 percent higher…"Global food commodity prices rebound in June"
New York and Stockholm – The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), UNDP, and UN Volunteers (UNV) launch a second round of the ‘Young Environmental Journalists’ campaign, to address environmental and human rights impacts in the mining sector in four resource-rich countries: Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia and Mozambique. This joint campaign is aimed at empowering young volunteers between the ages of 18-31, to raise awareness about, and have a voice in decisions around management, and use of…"Call for Online Volunteers: Join the ‘Young Environmental Journalists’"
The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We are achieving real results, helping nations around the world respond to COVID-19 and thereby protecting the homeland. We continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on this front remain a central and coordinated part of the worldwide effort against the disease.…"UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19"
NAIROBI, 2nd July 2020 (PSCU)-President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned against political interference in the forthcoming national roll out of the Kazi Mtaani youth employment program. The President said the initiative was mooted to assist Kenyan youth whose livelihoods had been disrupted by the Covid-19 health crisis. “The program will be free of any political interference. It’ll not be a process which politicians will use to get votes,” he cautioned. The Head of State spoke today…"There’s No Room For Politics In The Kazi Mtaani Program, President Kenyatta Cautions"
A fabrics manufacturing company in Thika that was on the verge of closure following the effects of Covid-19 pandemic has the government to thank after receiving tenders to make fabrics for disciplined forces. The Thika Cloths Mills that depends on making school uniforms and other government tenders had found the journey rough following the closure of schools and limited or no government tenders at all in the past four months. The Company Managing Director Tejal…"Government Tender Sparks Hope For Covid-19 Hit Textile Company"
Traders at the Ng’iya market in Siaya are accusing county government of Siaya officials of imposing an illegal taxation to finance the purchase of sanitisers. According to the businessmen, the unscrupulous officials have connived with market committee leaders to tax each trader Sh200 for purchase of water containers, soap and sanitisers, despite the same being provided by the county government and the local member of the county assembly. Speaking to the media during a protest…"Traders Protest Illegal Levy For Purchase Of Sanitiser"