There are two stories being told about food security. One story says we are food secure and the other says we are not. The stories are being told – and written – by various people with different intentions. There are those who weave dreams, where fiction reigns and happy endings preside. Then there are those who tell it like it is.

Climate Change

Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.

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Food Security

In February, Kenya edged closer to commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops after the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) approved open-air field trials of Bt-maize. If the new trials prove successful, it is likely that authorities will allow commercial cultivation. Consumers have been uninformed about their consumption of genetically engineered foods in the past and the regulating bodies that are supposed to protect our right to information fail to do so. We should ask ourselves, do we support or do we disagree with open-field testing and the move towards lifting the ban on producing genetically modified food in Kenya?  

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Extractive Resources

This article looks at the current road infrastructure development in Northern Kenya. It demonstrates numerous instances of non-compliance with national laws, provisions of the environmental management plan and environmental impact assessment license, and illustrates the grave ways that the local community is being impacted by these violations. It points out the need to adhere to the rule of law, which is there to protect rather than deprive us of a prosperous nation.

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Renewable Energy

Finding a sustainable and affordable solution to the continent’s energy crisis, Africa has the chance to leapfrog dirty development pathways and power its economies and societies through renewable energy. The East African launch of this study on Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs comes at a time when Governments are directing their attention towards fossil fuels, neglecting the potential of renewable energy resources to profoundly transform societies and economies in the region.

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What we do

The Environment component operates projects and activities in the East and Horn of Africa under the umbrella of three priority areas; Climate change, Food Security, Extractive Industries. Renewable energy ideas and strategies are also considered.

The overall focus of this component is to ensure that there is good governance of resources, food security and that there are effective climate change responses to the benefit of all the members of the society.

In appreciation of the fact that the East and Horn of Africa region is particularly likely to suffer the most due to its geographical location and weak institutional, human, economic and financial capacity to cope with the multiple impacts of climate change, food insecurity and poor exploitation of natural resources. Heinrich Böll Stiftung seeks to create a platform to engage and ensure that the non state actors have the knowledge and capacity to devise strategies that promote regulated resource exploitation; address weak governance structures/policies; ensure communities not only benefit from the resources but become food secure.

Sunita Narain: Taking the local, making it global

Sunita Narain, director of CSE in India on how the memorandum is a critical change in the global debate and why people need to listen.

Jagoda Munic: “Very visionary, very concrete”

Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, says why she’s inspired by the resource politics memorandum and what makes it unique.

Kate Raworth: “Steering us through the complexity”

Oxford University’s Kate Raworth explains where mainstream economics is going wrong and how the resource memorandum can steer us in the right direction.

Barbara Unmüßig: Ressourcenreichtum für zukünftige Generationen erhalten

Barbara Unmüßig, Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, erläutert, warum sich die Stiftung auf einen mehrjährigen Dialogprozess eingelassen hat, um gemeinsam mit jungen Menschen aus verschiedenen Ländern der Welt eine Ressourcenpolitik zu definieren, die Menschenrechte nicht verletzt, sozial gerecht ist und innerhalb der ökologischen Grenzen bleibt.

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