Baker Ssengendo's vision for the future of Uganda starts with an avocado seedling. "The avocado tree has a lifespan of about 50 years. The life expectancy of an average Ugandan is about 60 years. A tree can benefit them their entire life," he told DW. Ssengendo works on the 1,000 hectares of Musubi Farm in Nansana, central Uganda — the largest Hass avocado farm in the country. "By working in avocado farming, I am fulfilling my life dream. We want to lift our communities out of poverty." Due to high global demand, avocado has become a lucrative export product. Its consumption per capita increased by 406% between 1990 and 2017 in the US alone. The so-called green gold is rapidly gaining popularity on the African continent. Both Nigeria and Uganda aim to drastically increase their avocado production and become top exporters in the next ten years. Kenya is already amongst the global top ten. Export revenues in the East African country surged by a third between 2019 and 2020. Farmers … [Read more...] about Green gold: Avocado farming on the rise in Africa
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A Deutsche Welle correspondent was attacked by police while covering a demonstration in Nairobi on Saturday. Kenyan authorities fired tear gas canisters at DW's East Africa correspondent Mariel Müller with one canister grazing her and a second injuring her leg while she was conducting an interview. 'You just shot me' Müller was covering a peaceful protest against police brutality and coronavirus lockdown measures in central Nairobi at the time of the attack. Around 40 protesters gathered to voice their opposition to COVID restrictions and the economic impact on poorer communities. The demonstrators were careful to adhere to social distancing rules "to not anger the police," Müller told DW. "The police were there and observed the first part [of the protest] and then eventually started firing tear gas," she said. The first time Müller was struck, she said she was grazed by a canister when police began launching tear gas in the direction of protesters and reporters. … [Read more...] about DW journalist attacked by Kenyan police at protest in Nairobi
The German Embassy in Kenya joined an increasing number of voices condemning Saturday's attack by police against DW East Africa correspondent Mariel Müller, calling for an investigation in a Tweet on Monday. The embassy account wrote that it was concerned by Saturday's event "in which DW press correspondent Ms Mueller was injured by a tear gas canister fired by the Kenyan police while she was covering a demonstration. We have requested a swift investigation of the incident from the Kenyan authorities." Müller was covering what she called a peaceful protest against police brutality and coronavirus lockdown measures in central Nairobi when she was hit by two separate tear gas canisters fired by police. DW calls for an investigation DW's Director General Peter Limbourg was left to mark World Press Freedom Day writing letters to Kenyan Ministry of Interior, the Director of Police and other authorities in Kenya to call for an investigation into the police attack. "Such … [Read more...] about Kenya: Calls for inquest after attack on DW journalist
When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?