Saturday, February 27, 2021

Women and science in Africa: a silent revolution – VivAfrik


Women in Africa represent an essential part of the human and economic resources of society, but also a unique pool of talent for science and innovation. They are gifted, dynamic, entrepreneurial and resolutely turned towards the future. This documentary plunges us into the heart of this bubbling community of women who, through their hard work, their involvement in the emancipation of young women and their fight for gender equality, are revolutionizing the research community, and thus participating in development of a rapidly changing continent. More than forty years ago, a woman, scientist, environmental activist, created the Green Belt movement to fight against deforestation in her region in Kenya. In 2004, this woman received the Nobel Peace Prize. It is the first Nobel Prize ever to be awarded to an African woman. This woman is called Wangari Maathai. 15 years later, more than 35 million trees have been planted on the mainland, and Wangari Maathai continues to inspire a whole new generation of women who engage in science or environmental protection, like those in his region… Today, worthy heiresses of Wangari Maathi can be found all over the continent. Pioneers who are blazing new trails. Dynamic and enterprising, African women scientists are the new face of a modern Africa which is participating in the great upheavals of our societies. But in this competitive world, they are still underrepresented. We followed three of them, respectively specialists in nanochemistry, molecular biology and astrophysics. Who are these women ? What obstacles did they have to overcome to reach the top of their game? What impact do they have on their community? Will they be able to find concrete solutions to the major challenges of the 21st century? What if the Einstein of tomorrow was an African woman ?, informs francetvpro.fr

EU plans € 1 billion for sustainable cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire, in line with its next rules

The European Union plans to grant around € 1 billion over six years to the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire in order to help it adapt to the measures that will be taken by the EU in a few months (read our article detail of January 25: Making the Ivory Coast the first “sustainable cocoa origin”: details of the European Union policy). “As part of our future 2021-2027 programming, the EU is considering a Team Europe Initiative which could mobilize up to one billion euros to support Côte d’Ivoire in its transition to sustainable cocoa production”, EU Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire Jobst von Kirchmann said on Friday, Reuters reports. As for the timetable, during the high-level meeting on the issue of sustainable cocoa which was held in Abidjan on January 22, the ambassador stressed: “The European Commission will put a legislative proposal in place and present it to the Council. and in Parliament during the summer of 2021, so in a few months… So things are going much faster than what I thought a few months ago. Let us recall the pressure exerted by the European Parliament on the 27 so that legislation is adopted to prohibit the import of products linked to deforestation and human rights abuses (see also: Sustainable cocoa: the European Union launches a dialogue with Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana). Indeed, through the import of products such as cocoa but also meat or soybean oil, the EU and its consumers account for 10% of global deforestation linked to the production of these products, according to the Commission. European. If the legislation is adopted, buyers of a product will have the obligation to trace the raw materials used at each stage of the value chain, which includes the start of the value chain i.e. at the small Planter. Multinationals in the food industry, such as Nestlé or Danone, specifies Reuters, would have to comply with this requirement from 2024. According to a report by the American NGO Mighty Earth published on Thursday, Côte d’Ivoire would have lost another 47,000 ha of forests in its cocoa belt in 2020, despite the commitments of all – industry, government and various actors – to stop deforestation. That said, the situation is improving because in 2015, annual deforestation of around 60,000 ha was reported. The NGO recalls that the world leader in cocoa has lost 85% of its forest cover since its independence in 1960. It also recalls that in 2017, global chocolate makers, agro-industries, governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana (read our information in 2017: The big names in the cocoa industry agree to fight against deforestation and Côte d’Ivoire is preparing for the international standard for sustainable cocoa scheduled for November 2017 and Joseph Larrose from Touton: the cocoa industry very pro-reactive with the Cocoa & Forests Initiative at COP23), informs, under another register, commodafrica.com.

Competition for innovation and managerial excellence in Africa: Africa Digital Manager Award

Inetum (ex-GFI), in partnership with the École Centrale de Casablanca, is organizing the Africa Digital Manager Award (ADMA) to reward companies and managers who lead digitalization projects in the 3 major regions of the African continent. The 3 award-winning managers will receive a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifying training from the Ecole Centrale de Casablanca. The 3 companies employing the winning managers will benefit from coaching and support from Capital Consulting experts, for its part, africamutandi.com relayed.

Moctar FICOU / VivAfrik



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