IS ANYONE ELSE SICK & TIRED OF THE FARMERS – HERDSMEN CLASHES & KILLINGS? WELL I AM!

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There is no doubt that the constant farmers-herdsmen clashes is a major national crisis. Previously regarded as a “middle-belt crisis” with states like Benue, Kaduna, Plateau and Taraba widely affected, it has now spread as far as Enugu, Ekiti, Abia and Delta states in the south. In the latest attacks in #Dong and #Lawaru villages […]

NIGERIA’S “PURE WATER” – WHERE DOES IT ALL GO?

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It is on the street, in schools, homes, shops and markets. You’ll find it in cities, towns and villages. It is everywhere. Young or old, north or south you are sure to come across it. Nigeria’s sachet water, popularly called “pure water” have no doubt transformed the production and consumption of water in the country. […]

Black Friday

BLACK FRIDAY VS. BUY NOTHING DAY

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The trend is spreading like wildfire even in places where it was relatively unknown a few years ago. The increased availability of internet, smart phones and online stores have made it easier. Now everywhere you turn it is “Black Friday” with offers of irresistible discounts. Of course at first glance it seems like a great […]

NO TO FOOD WASTE

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In commemoration of the #WorldFoodDay2017, I will like to join my voice to the call to put an end to the unhealthy practice of #FoodWaste. The truth is that many of us no longer think about when and how we dump the leftovers into the bin or simply walk away from it on the table […]

ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE HERDSMEN/FARMER CRISIS IN NIGERIA

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Once upon a time, nomadic herdsmen and farmers co-existed and lived happily. That time is no more. The Fula or Fulanis are the world’s largest pastoral nomadic group and are massively spread across countries in West and Central Africa. A large portion of the Fulanis are nomadic, herding cattle, goats and sheep. But how did […]

PART II: GMOs AND THE BURDEN OF PROOF

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DEFINITION: BURDEN OF PROOF: The obligation to prove one’s assertions (OXFORD DICTIONARY) BURDEN OF PROOF: The duty of proving a disputed assertion or charge (MERRIAM-WEBSTER) If there is one debate that is not going anywhere anytime soon it is whether or not Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) are ‘safe.’ While both sides of the argument continue […]

WHY YOU CANNOT SEPARATE HERDSMEN-FARMER CRISIS & CATTLE RUSTLING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

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The spate of incidences of herdsmen versus farmer clashes have been on a rapid increase. With various versions, theories and explanations as to why this is so, there is clear evidence that there is a direct link between Climate Change and herdsmen/farmer clashes and cattle rustling.   THE NIGERIAN CASE: In Nigeria, the most of […]

DOES ‘ORGANIC’ MEAN ANYTHING? – Part 3

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A LOOK AT THE MONEY So you have chosen to eat Organic, at least some of the time but you are concerned about costs. Generally, Organic Food is more expensive because it is more labour intensive (remember no pesticides, chemical fertilizers or drugs), Organic certification is expensive, Organic feed is costly, Organic farms are often […]

TRUMP PRESIDENCY & CLIMATE CHANGE

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‘What does a Trump Presidency mean for Climate Change?’ That is the question on the minds of many. With a track record of skepticism and outright denial, it is still not very clear what exactly US President-elect, Donald J. Trump plans to do in terms of Climate Change. Unfortunately, Climate Change rarely came up during […]

TACKLING POVERTY AND CLIMATE CHANGE BY NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

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This article by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance in Nigeria says it all. In this piece, Dr Okonjo-Iweala makes a strong and compelling case for Climate Action. As long as there is more lip service than pragmatic adaptation measures to deal with the consequences of Climate Change, developing […]