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The Africa Center's Paul Evangelista, Ph.D. recently had his photograph selected as the cover photo for the June 2015 issue of Human Ecology.  

As part of the Smart Village Minigrid program, CSU is building a laboratory to integrate and test village power systems.  One goal of the system is to simulate individual household loads as accurately as possible. The lab will included devices necessary to “equip” 25-50 households with at least a cell phone, 1-3 LED light bulbs, and possibly other loads.  Central locations may also include small refrigerators, tools, battery chargers, or similar equipment.  Equipment will be switched on & off programmatically, using remote control, allowing each household to behave naturally.

Read Dr. Jason Sircely's comments about land degradation in his blog post Managing degradation in East African rangelands.

With recent political unrest building up in the war-torn East African country of Burundi, Colorado State University professor Dr. William M. Timpson was advised to postpone his planned travel to the country.  He had planned to visit Burundi this summer to continue his work in educating a new generation of leaders in peace-building and sustainable development.  However, he still plans to make the trip to Africa in January if it is safe to travel at that time.

Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity today. To avoid catastrophe, we must dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of our modern energy systems, which have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries. This is the challenge leading up to three key international events this year: a July summit on financing for new global development goals, another in September to settle on those goals and — crucially — a global meeting in December to frame an agreement, and set meaningful targets, on climate change.

For Sub-Saharan Africa, 2015 is a turning point. The summits on sustainable development, financing and climate change are swinging the spotlight not only onto Africa’s needs to accelerate development and adapt to global warming, but also onto the region’s urgent energy crisis. 

But this crisis is also a moment of great opportunity, as we demonstrate in the Africa Progress Report 2015, Power People Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities. Demand for modern energy is set to surge, fuelled by economic growth, demographic change and urbanisation. As the costs of low-carbon energy fall, Africa could leapfrog into a new era of power generation. Utility reform, new technologies and new business models could be as transformative in energy as the mobile phone has been in telecommunications.

The Africa Progress Report 2015 explains the bold steps that leaders globally and in Africa must take to achieve this vision. Above all, the report shows that the global climate moment is also Africa’s moment – Africa’s moment to lead the world.

What: Launch of report on energy and climate change by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel (http://www.africaprogresspanel.org)

When: June 05, 2015

Where: World Economic Forum, Press Conference Room, Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa.

While at the first Africa CSA Alliance Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mama Kena Kgoroeadira, talks passionately about the need to focus attention on harnessing indigenous knowledge in best farming practices to overcome the challenge of climate change in Africa.

In the small village of Kanji, nestled on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ludovick Meela is preparing to cut down the rest of the ageing coffee trees on his farm and replace them with vegetables.

"That is the best thing I could do to earn a living - coffee beans are no longer profitable as my harvests keep on falling," he rued. "I need fast-growing crops I can sell for a quick income."

It was a thirst for success that saw Tabitha Karanja put herself in the role of a David taking on a Goliath. The 50 year old is the founder and boss of the only large-scale brewery in Kenya actually owned by a Kenyan. Mrs. Karanja, one of only a handful of female brewery owners across Africa, set up the business - Keroche Breweries - with her husband back in 1997. Initially making a fortified wine, the company has since moved into spirits and, from 2008, making beer. Its lager brand Summit is now so popular in the country that earlier this year Keroche opened a $29m (£19m) expansion at its brewery in the town of Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north west of the capital Nairobi. It will enable Keroche to increase its production ten-fold, from 10 million litres of beer per year to 110 million litres.

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