Cop26: Underwhelming pledges for Africa’s emergency
20 November 2021 | 10:18 am
Whilst the imperfect progress made at COP26 is welcome, some of Africa's top priorities when it comes to getting support and policies to effectively tackle the climate emergency were not achieved. We take a look at what's now on the agenda on the road to COP27 in Egypt next year. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to Africa on his first official trip. High on the agenda will be Ethiopia's deepening conflict and fears that it could destabilise the region. Finally, we meet some of the Central African entrepreneurs trying to ramp up industrial farming of cassava in the hopes of tackling food insecurity.
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