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Climate Change:  Africans are already feeling the effects of the climate change caused largely by the carbon emissions of the western and industiralised world.  Read more

Access to Medicines in Africa:   In Europe we take access to the medicines we need for granted.  In Africa it is not so easy, very often medicines are either not available or else are not effective.    Read more

Biofuels:  Also called Agri‐fuels they are liquid fuels made from plant material, mostly food crops at present. They are used to power transport vehicles. Biofuels burn with lower emissions of carbon monoxide. There are different forms of Biofuel.  The production of crops for biofuels (e.g. Maize, Sugar Cane, Palm Oil and Jathropa) has a negative effect on food production, access to water and human habitation Read More.  See also Biofuels feulling food insecurity in Africa.

Food Security:  Is the situation in which all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for a healthy life.  In Africa this is threatened by reasons ranging through climate change, land lease by foreigners, wars, etc.  Read More

Arms Control:  See SMA Justice Briefing – “AFRICA – Arms Trade”  Read more

After seven years of negotiations the UN General Assembly has finally agreed a binding ARMS TRADE TREATY (ATT). Although it is far from perfect the treaty is a welcome step forward and opens the way for future improvements – read more

Small arms: Fighting the proliferation of small arms in Africa. Read here.

See also the SMA Justice Briefings section for concise information on other issues  affecting Africa such as,  International Debt, Land Grabbing, Tax Evasion, Urbanisation/Slums, Human Trafficking, Migration, Street Children and others  Click here

Label helps shoppers choose environmentally-friendly produced rice

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) has launched a label which identifies sustainably-produced rice. The label will help shoppers reduce the environmental impact of rice...

The poor are with you always… or are they?

In a interview with the FIDES News Agency, , Fr Donald Zagore SMA expresses concern that, after the Covid-19 pandemic has been brought under...

Young People make new film for SMA Thumbprint Campaign for Climate Justice

 – a cooperation between SEAMOUNT COLLEGE, KINVARA and the SMA JUSTICE OFFICE The new film which is under six minutes is the third in a...

New SMA Justice Briefing No. 39 – Species Extinction

      Unprecedented Species Extinction Rates Accelerating Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history, and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave...

LIVE TRANSMISSION of President Michael D. Higgins Address to Social Justice Ireland Conference

From Fr Sean Healy SMA: We delighted to announce the LIVE TRANSMISSION of our Social Policy Conference on our website, www.socialjustice.ie The transmission will commence...