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CSU professor of anthropology Kathleen Galvin has been named as a lead author to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Galvin, director of The Africa Center in CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, was nominated by the U.S. government to participate in the IPBES program. Authors are selected through an international process led by the IPBES multidisciplinary expert panel (MEP) and the three IPBES co-chairs. The team of authors includes 122 experts split among six chapters.

We enjoyed learning about the 25 new books by African writers that we should read in Aaron Bady's blog, "25 NEW BOOKS BY AFRICAN WRITERS YOU SHOULD READ: TAHAR BEN JELLOUN, A. IGONI BARRETT, YAA GYASI, AND MANY MORE".  

Happy reading!!

Photo credit: Aaron Bady

We recommend Sophie Mbugua's article, 'Q&A: Livestock insurance helps African herders survive droughts'.  In the article you will learn about a Kenyan economist who won the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award from the World Food Prize for an innovative program that provides pastoralists with livestock insurance.

We recommend "Keeping pace with climate change in crop development" from The Conversation, which highlights a new study that finds the new crop varieties that are being developed in Africa are struggling to cope with the rate of climatic change.

Photo credit: Shutterstock​; obtained from The Conversation

In April 2016, 60 climate services stakeholders from Senegal and Mali met in Dakar to launch a new project, called 'Climate information services for increased resilience and productivity in Senegal' (CINSERE), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Photo:  CINSERE inception workshop participants hold discussions during the meeting.

Photo credit: M. Dione. View more photos of the workshop.

Learn about Africa's top innovators who were recently named to the Quartz Africa Innovators list for 2016!!!  These individuals have been chosen for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to problems.  

Photo credit: Karabo Moletsane; obtained from Quartz Africa 

Tolaro Global, a Benin-based processor of raw cashew nuts, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to increase the number of smallholders supplying raw materials, provide fair trade and organic certification to cashew growers, and utilise clean energy solutions to power the company’s plant and surrounding community by 2020.  


Photo credit: Business Call to Action (obtained from The Guardian)

Check out this interesting article about Africa's Migratory Songbirds from The Conversation, "There’s a reason why Africa’s migratory songbirds sing out of season".

Photo credit: Photo obtained from The Conversation

The Africa Center's Director Dr. Kathleen Galvin speaks about Africa and the Center on "The Sustainablity Hour" radio show, which is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainabiliy.

 

We recommend the podcast: Bionic Planet: The Podcast of the Anthropocene. Click this link to listen to The 40,000-Year-Old-Question/Part One. In this podcast you will hear how Tanzania's Hadza people are both adapting to and combating climate change -- and how we can all learn from them.

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