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Six people died and more than 30 people were injured after a building collapsed in northeastern Rwanda, police said Wednesday as they called off rescue efforts a day after the accident.
Since the end of 11 years of civil unrest in 2002, Sierra Leone’s huge mineral deposits have attracted foreign mining companies, one of which is the British-owned London Mining Company that started mining operations in 2006.
But more than one hundred farmers in Marampa mines in Lunsar have been complaining about pollution by the company that is affecting their farm lands.
“Lack of proper sanitation and hygiene in many African cities is very troubling, embarrassing and depressing,” the Mayor of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, Mary Broh, has said.
She was one of thousands of delegates to Dakar's recent Africities meeting, swapping ideas on making Africa's cities cleaner and more efficient.
Mayors, local government officials and other stakeholders attending the 6th Africities meeting in Dakar have agreed that access to clean water and sustainable sanitation remains a major problem in most African cities.
Delegates further agreed that it was important to come up with a concerted municipal strategy to improve access to clean water and promote a clean city.
A new initiative has been launched to improve cocoa production in Africa, with the launch of the Sustainable Trade Initiative, a sustainable agro-industry project of the Dutch government in the Ivory Coast.
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for up to 27 percent of people in the world who defecate in the open air or in temporary holes outside their homes.
That’s a fraction of the nearly 1 billion children around the world who today do not have access to clean toilets at home or school, as the global community marks World Toilet Day Monday.
Climate change is a major challenge for agriculture and food security in West Africa, with complex relationships and interactions existing between agriculture and climate change.
The FAO estimates (2011) show that agriculture produces 14% of carbon emissions, the equivalent of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year.
The Firestone Rubber Plantation Company is the largest and oldest company in Liberia, starting operations in the country in 1926.
Since then, it has gone on to establish itself as one of the world’s leading rubber plantations.
By William Selmah/WADR Correspondent
Deforestation in Liberia is said to have placed some animals, especially chimpanzees on the brink of extinction.
Over two million Nigerians have been affected by floods in a number of states in the West African nation after major rivers burst their banks in recent weeks, according to figures released by State officials.
In Kogi State, over 600,000 persons have been displaced, according to the state government.