Kenya, Agriculture, Food Systems

A discussion with Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Kenyan, and the Custodian of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Lever of Change for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.


United Nations

I had the opportunity to interview this year’s UN Food Systems Summit leader for Today News Africa, and learn about what a “food system” really means.

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit, and the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

When you think about “seed to table,” and you really…


United Nations

UN Food Summit Champion, Ntiokam Divine, Founder of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Global (CSAYN Global)

https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit

Last week, I caught up with one of the United Nations top picks to take part in the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit for Today News Africa. Ntiokam Divine is an animated and passionate agriculture entrepreneur from Cameroon, championing inclusive food systems throughout the value chain, and from “farm to table.”

Our internet connection was terrible so I had take his interview by phone, and as you’ll see in the video, not only did we make the best of it, but viewers are still able see the face of this energetic and optimistic ‘go-getter.’


United Nations

AIM for Climate — Biden Harris Administration

AIM for Climate — Agriculture innovation in America isn’t just for America.

This week at President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate, plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) were announced. The mission will be advanced at the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021 and launched at COP26 in November 2021.

The goal of AIM for Climate is to increase and accelerate global innovation research and development (R&D) for agriculture and food systems in support of climate action.

In a recent interview, Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, CGIAR UN Food Systems Summit Representative, explained how innovation in agriculture is the least funded…


Nigeria, Islam

Suhaila Zakzacky, the youngest daughter of Ibrahim El Zakzaky, the jailed leader of the Islamic Movement Nigeria, must live past trauma and prepare for whatever may come in the future — without her parents.

Suhaila Zakzacky in Iran

Her Family

Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, is an imprisoned prominent Shi’a Muslim leader in Nigeria, married with nine children. His wife is also in prison, with only three of his nine children still alive.

His only surviving son, Mohammed Zakzaky, seems to…


Pandemic pounds clinging on for dear life? Need a quick headshot? Swear you’ll get on the bike next week? Photoshop can help.

Pexles Edited on Photoshop by Kristi

There are many anti-edit people that feel social media and the web have thrust society into a false reality. In big part, due to altering our appearances. I agree, to an extent.

There are times to be 100% real and there are times the benefits of a slight image boost outweigh the need for extreme reality.

If you have access to Adobe Photoshop and want to clean up and shape up, you’re in the right place. …


UN Food Systems Summit 2021

The 2121 UN Food Systems Summit aims to hack into collaborative sustainability and innovation to kick the global food crisis, but there is a darker side to food sustainability in the world’s poorest countries and it’s got nothing to do with food at all.

World Food Programme

If current headlines were an indication

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen blockade is starving millions. Democrats want Biden to stop it. “The Biden administration faces relentless pressure from the left to push Saudi Arabia to lift its Yemen blockade.” — By Alex Ward, Apr 9, 2021


Leadership

In the age of “over-upskilling” it’s hard not to feel pressured to learn new skills that you will rarely use and never become an expert at, but where you can lean into value is in developing strategically selected complementary skills.

Photo by Anna Tarazevich from Pexels

If you’ve been in your job for 10 or more years you might be surprised that your “institutional” expertise gets passed up on for a promotion or that you’re not getting the same level of praise that junior staff get.

You can score strong in the areas of delivering results and problem-solving, for example, because you’ve been focused on linear…


A Change of Mindset

Sustainability means that people can rely on consistent methods of having their very basic, lowest level, physiological needs met: water, sleep, air, food, and shelter. And for the reason that starts with C, we can’t seem to ensure other human beings survive — let alone thrive.

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Despite years of work and billions spent, analysis of a 2020 corruption survey by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) suggests curbing corruption has not been universally successful.

February 2020: World Bank Group published, “Elite Capture of Foreign Aid : Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts” a working paper finding that the timing of significant increases in deposits held in offshore banks aligned perfectly with aid disbursements to the most aid-dependent countries on the planet.

Transparency International published its 2020 “Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI),” ranking countries from 0 (corrupt) to 100 (clean). Somalia scored 12/100 along with South Sudan. Nigeria did a little…


Marketing

Even the best ads go unseen. Having a clear purpose and goals will guide you to reach that optimal target audience, resulting in brand visibility or sales conversations.

Pixbay

1: Define why you want to launch a Social Media Campaign.

Are you raising money? Has your company done something unique that everyone should know about? Are you trying to get more people to sign up for your newsletter?

No matter the reason, social can help you build brand awareness and a closer sense of community among users, but you have to be clear. …

Kristi Pelzel

Journalist, Communications Consultant, and Adjunct Faculty— Washington, D.C. www.linkedin.com/in/kristipelzel/

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