She was destined to a bright future at the World Bank, IMF, or perhaps even the African Union. Ada Osakwe has the academic paperwork and a wealth of experience to prove it. The thirty-something-year-old from Lagos wanted more from life, and a promising career in banking and finance wasn’t part of that. So, three years ago, she set up a fresh juice company, Nuli Juice, followed by a chain of proudly Nigerian health food lounges.
It started with chocolate, then moved on to coffee: single origin is all the rage. But apart from hipster cred, why should consumers care about whether their food comes from a single place, and whether or not you can trace it back to its origin? Well, as global supply chains grow more Byzantine and murky, and food production is increasingly industrialised, recent food scares around the world have spotlighted the disconnection between consumers and their food. Increasingly, the food supply chain is a black box, with raw ingredients entering at one end and the final cling-wrapped product popping out at the other. Even those involved in the process can be unclear about what happens in between.
BY MAUREEN MURORI, NAIROBI
Kenya continues to demonstrate its commitment towards the mitigating effects of global warming through various ways, including the signing of local bills and international agreements.
Kenya recently signed the Paris Agreement which, according to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, Judi Wakhungu, will form part of Kenya’s laws.
The agreement, ratified on January 27th, 2017, allows developing countries that bear the brunt of the climate change, to receive finances from developed countries to aid in environmental conservation strategies.
It is quite a juxtaposition to consider the effect that traditional cleaning has on the environment. It is anything but clean. Chemicals ravage fragile ecosystems and damage human health, yet their use remains mainstream and green cleaning has taken almost a decade to become widely considered.
Finally, some green products are making it to grocery store shelves, but how green are these products really? With a lack of understanding about how green products work, some manufacturers have been quick to call their products “green” without much substantiation behind their claims.
BY MIRIAM MANNAK
Mining and sustainability don’t often appear in the same sentence. Things are slightly different when looking at Zambia, one of the key suppliers of copper to the global clean energy sector. The country’s position on the global and regional green economy stage doesn’t stop here, however.
Tucked away between Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, Zambia is internationally renowned for the splendour of the Victoria Falls, its beautiful game reserves, its abundant wildlife, as well as its enormous copper deposits. Zambia harbours some 35 million metric tons of this metal, an amount of which the value is estimated at $228 billion. This makes the country the second largest producer of the orangey-brownish semiprecious metal in the world
Despite these and other natural endowments, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Zambia. The 2008 and 2009 global financial crisis, for instance, pushed the copper demand and price to all-time lows, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and poor economic growth results.