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African Climate Stories | Podcast by Abigael Kima

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African Climate Stories | Podcast by Abigael Kima

    Episode 8: The big question that is GMO and food and seed sovereignty

    Episode 8: The big question that is GMO and food and seed sovereignty

    Welcome to the eighth and last episode of the first season of the Hali Hewa Podcast.

    ‘Hali Hewa’ is a Swahili term for ‘climate ' and this podcast series is hosted and produced by Kenyan climate activist, Abigael Kima.

    COP27 came to a close about a week ago and now we are all looking at the next steps.

    Our guest today is Claire Nasike Akello,

    Claire Nasike is the Project Lead for Seed is Sovereign Campaign at Greenpeace Africa, the third awardee of the Wangari Maathai scholarship and the founder of the Hummingbird Foundation, an initiative that connects school children to nature by establishing organic food and botanical gardens. In her free time, she loves reading, and writing articles on her eco-blog www.conservationatheart.wordpress.com which has been nominated twice for Kenya bloggers awards (BAKE) in 2015 and 2018.

    In this episode, she shares with us the reason behind her passion for indigenous food and seeds. GMO has been a big contentious issue over the last couple of months here in Kenya with the government lifting the ban on GMO. She explains the difference between hybrid crops and seeds and GMO as well as the implications of their usage and consumption. She brings new perspectives for farmers who are now locked in dependency of GMO and the policies that have been agreed upon by the government that completely ignores their needs and freedom. She also shares with the audience the meaning of food and seed sovereignty from an African perspective.

    She signs off the show by shedding light on the linkage between biodiversity and indigenous crops and seeds and the role they play in ensuring a stable climate and gives recommendations on what should be done differently in the lines of policies to ensure farmers are protected and have freedom to farm like our ancestors did.

    Enjoy the Show!

    • 39 min
    EP8 :The COP27 Sharm El-Sheikh Series: Abigael Kima shares reflections of the just concluded COP27

    EP8 :The COP27 Sharm El-Sheikh Series: Abigael Kima shares reflections of the just concluded COP27

    🏁COP 27 finally came to a close on Sunday with mixed reactions about the outcomes.

     🎙️Abigael shares her experience at COP and whether her expectations were met.  

    🙏Thank you for staying tuned and enjoying all our COP 27 mini-series episodes and updates!

    • 8 min
    EP7:The COP27 Sharm-El-Sheikh Series:Damilola Bolagun on building capacity for the youth around SDGS

    EP7:The COP27 Sharm-El-Sheikh Series:Damilola Bolagun on building capacity for the youth around SDGS

    Welcome to the seventh episode of the COP27 Mini Series for Hali Hewa Podcast with your host Abigael Kima. 

    Throughout COP27, we will be doing a mini-series interviewing people from across the globe on issues that matter to them as the negotiations progress. 

    Damilola is a passionate youth, thought leader, lawyer and international development consultant with over five years’ hands-on experience in advisory service provision, collaborative research, youth-led advocacy, facilitation of participatory processes, and a track record of meaningful impact on youth, communities, and institutions inclusion in sustainable development affairs. He is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sustainable Development Network (YSDN), an organization that works with youth and change-makers in championing research and innovative grassroots actions on the SDGs

    In this episode, Damilola shares his experience working with youth to build their capacity and skills around what they can do to implement the SDGs within their community. He also talks about how youth engagement at the COP process has improved over the years and gives recommendations of what can be done better.

    He signs off the show by sharing the two things that will make this successful a COP.

    Enjoy the show!

    • 11 min
    EP 6: The COP27 Sharm-El-Sheikh Series: Shorouq Abu-Razzouq on community engagement towards climate action

    EP 6: The COP27 Sharm-El-Sheikh Series: Shorouq Abu-Razzouq on community engagement towards climate action

    Welcome to the sixth episode of the COP27 Mini Series for Hali Hewa Podcast with your host Abigael Kima.

    Throughout COP27, we will be doing a mini-series interviewing people from across the globe on issues that matter to them as the negotiations progress.

    Shorouq Abu- Razzouq is a Civil Engineer, Climate Advocate, One Young World Ambassador and a Project Team Leader at Mercy Corps. She is also part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance.

    In this episode, she shares her experience being at COP for the first time and what she expects out of this COP. She also speaks about her work with The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance in Jordan where floods have become quite rampant and the work that she is doing within the community to build resilience in the wake of frequent climate disasters.

    She signs off by telling us 2 things that would make this COP a successful COP.

    Enjoy the show!

    Find out more about the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance.

    https://floodresilience.net/zurich-flood-resilience-alliance/

    • 11 min
    EP 5: The COP27 Sharm -El-Sheikh Series: Koaile Monaheng on energy access in Lesotho

    EP 5: The COP27 Sharm -El-Sheikh Series: Koaile Monaheng on energy access in Lesotho

    Welcome to the fifth episode of the COP27 Mini Series for Hali Hewa Podcast with your host Abigael Kima.

    Throughout COP27, we will be doing a mini-series interviewing people from across the globe on issues that matter to them as the negotiations progress.  


    Koaile Monaheng is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the University of Cape Town (UCT) through the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). He is a director of solar company Khantsa Energy
    and a 2020 Mandela-Rhodes Foundation scholar .He is a compassionate person who has earned respect and admiration from his peers and those around him through his exemplary leadership and integrity. His various accolades include: SRC Presidency at Machabeng International College, Dean of Students Leadership Award, Calata House Warden, a Vice-Chancellor’s appointment to the Student Disciplinary Committee, winner of the Investec Top 100 Awards, Assistant Lecturer and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University. He regarded this placement ideal to go beyond the global effort of climate change negotiations and instead focus more on the scientific basis of the climate crisis here at home in Africa, recognizing the homegrown transdisciplinary effort required for our very survival.

    In this episode, he shares his passion for energy and what he is doing back at home in Lesotho to ensure the communities have access to energy through Khantsa Energy. He also shared gems of what a just energy transition should look like in Africa highlighting that often times we use bottom down approach to create change in communities while we completely ignore the systems that already exist in society and building on that. He insists that community involvement and consideration of community specific needs is crucial if we want to see actual change.

    Enjoy the show!

    Follow Khantsa Energy - https://www.instagram.com/khantsaenergy/?hl=en

    • 19 min
    EP 4:The COP27 Sharm-El-Sheikh Series: Jesse David uses music in his activism for climate justice

    EP 4:The COP27 Sharm-El-Sheikh Series: Jesse David uses music in his activism for climate justice

    Happy New Week!  

    Long time no episode. 

    Welcome to the fourth episode of the COP27 Mini Series for Hali Hewa Podcast with your host Abigael Kima.

    Throughout COP27, we will be doing a mini-series interviewing people from across the globe on issues that matter to them as the negotiations progress.  In this episode, we had an interesting conversation with Jesse Chemorey  who is an Energy Technology finalists at Kenyatta University School of Engineering and Technology. Outside his professional life, he enjoys playing and creating music, also plays instruments like saxophone and guitar.  

    He shares with us why this work is important to him and how he uses his talent to create awareness on the climate crisis to transform communities and build climate literacy.  


    Enjoy this melodious episode!  

    Find him on Instagram : https://instagram.com/jesse_david_j?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

    • 11 min

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