• Food crisis strikes Central African Republic

    Humanitarian agencies have warned that a food crisis is imminent in the Central African Republic (CAR). In urban areas – usually least affected by the traditional lean season of April to September – the situation is dire. Food in Bangui’s markets is scarce and expensive; people are borrowing or trading for food. Those with access […]

  • Water shortage hits Windhoek

    Owing to poor rainfall experienced this year and the resulting lack of water flow into dams, Namibia’s capital is experiencing a severe water shortage. The water in the city’s boreholes is unlikely to last for more than the next two years. Rain and reduction of water use are imperative for the future of water in […]

  • Bujumbura’s market going up in flames hits economy hard

    After a fire at the end of January that razed Bujumbura’s market to the ground, Burundi’s economy is suffering. Tax revenue has dropped considerably, the banking industry is declining, and countless traders are out of work. Mail and Guardian reports: “The fire in the market was devastating, and now we have begun to see its […]

  • Can recycling help Nairobi cut its waste?

    Solid waste management is Nairobi’s most visible environmental challenge. Rubbish heaps piled high with paper, plastics and other waste are an everyday feature of the city’s landscape. Dirty, torn plastic bags are seen wedged stubbornly into roadside features such as drainage, pavements and shrubbery in poor and more affluent areas alike. With a growing population, […]

  • Fire devastates Bujumbura’s central market

    Bujumbura’s central market was gutted on Sunday morning, with Burundi’s fire brigade failing completely to control the fire. Fire trucks arrived late and were not able to penetrate into the market because of the violence of the flames, which went as high as 20 metres. “The fire started around 6:45 am; we alerted the security […]

  • Food supply running low in northern Mali city

    Food is getting scarce in many of the markets in parts of the Gao region of northern Mali and stocks are likely to end in few weeks, according to Oxfam. Communities have been facing shortages since last year’s drought and conflict and will struggle to afford or even to find enough food to eat if […]

  • New Year tragedies prevalent in cities across the continent

    A New Year’s stampede in Abidjan leaves 61 dead. READ MORE… An overcrowded religious ceremony left 16 dead and 120 injured at the gates of the Cidadela Desportiva stadium in Luanda, Angola’s capital. READ MORE… A deadly fire suspected to have resulted due to negligence has left 4000 homeless in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. READ MORE… To […]

  • Gardening without soil in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital

    In Abidjan and its suburbs, front yards, backyards, garages and other open spaces in residential areas are being taken over by soil-less gardening. Not only does this new way of growing plants and vegetables seem miraculous. The cultivation practice is providing an all-in-one solution for the scarcity of fertile land, food shortages and youth unemployment. […]

  • Growing horticultural production in Dakar

    Watering cans in hand, men and women move back and forth between the wells and water storage tanks and the crops they’re watering: carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, and potatoes, as well as fruit trees like palm, coconut, papaya and banana trees. Growers like Ahmadou Sene are working tirelessly to produce vegetables in and around the […]

  • Zambia: State improving water supply in capital city

    GOVERNMENT yesterday signed a K750 billion Kafue bulk water supply project with China Civil Engineering Construction which is aimed at improving water supply to households and commercial areas in Lusaka. Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary Bernard Namachila signed on behalf of the Government while China Engineering Construction (Botswana) general Manager George Guan signed for […]