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IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa

Investing in rural youth is critical if they are to stay in rural areas and contribute to their development

Rome, 26 February 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a grant of US$1.95 million to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to support creating opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa, beginning in Benin, Cameroon, Gambia and Nigeria.

Heather Spidell, President and CEO of CEED, and Michel Mordasini, Vice President of IFAD, signed the grant agreement today.

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Benin + 12 others
CILSS Newsletter - N° 21 - décembre 2013

Bénin Burkina Faso Cap Vert Côte d’Ivoire Gambie Guinée Guinée Bissau Mali Mauritanie Niger Sénégal Tchad Togo

Dans ce numéro :

  • 1ère édition de la foire aux savoirs au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest

  • Lancement des programmes de coopération technique entre le CILSS, l’IGAD et la FAO.

  • Partenariat CILSS-USAID

  • 29ème réunion annuelle du Réseau de Prévention des Crises Alimentaires au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest (RPCA) - les indicateurs et outils méthodologiques de mesure de la résilience passés à la loupe

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World Bank to Help Benin Fight Widespread Malnutrition among Mothers and Children

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World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding to help Benin fight widespread malnutrition that has seriously affected growth and cognitive development among young children, and accounted for half of the country’s under-five mortality rate.

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Bénin : De trop nombreux enfants victimes d’abus, de violence et d’exploitation

COTONOU (8 novembre 2013) – La Rapporteuse spéciale des Nations Unies Najat Maalla M'jid a exhorté ce matin les autorités béninoises à inscrire la protection des enfants parmi les priorités politiques en vue de protéger tous les enfants, sans discrimination, contre toute forme de violences, d’abus et d’exploitation, et de sanctionner lourdement les coupables. Elle a par ailleurs exprimé sa grande préoccupation face à la relative tolérance sociale envers la violence et l’exploitation des enfants et face à l’impunité dont jouissent les auteurs de ces crimes.

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Too many child victims of abuse, violence and exploitation, warns UN expert

COTONOU (8 November 2013) – UN Special Rapporteur Najat Maalla M’jid on Friday urged the Government of Benin to make the protection of children a priority in its political agenda, after a visit to the country revealed that violence and exploitation of children is tolerated, even justified in many instances, and perpetrators largely enjoy impunity.

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Lancement d’un programme d’urgence de la FAO au Bénin pour redémarrer la production agricole après les inondations

La visite du Directeur général comprend la mise en place d’un programme de reconstruction

5 novembre 2013, Cotonou/Rome – La FAO vient en aide aux familles agricoles du Bénin qui ont tout perdu – récoltes, animaux et étangs piscicoles – en août dernier, suite au débordement du fleuve Niger, alors que de nombreux villageois étaient tout juste en train de se remettre des inondations de 2012.

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Emergency programme in Benin kick starts farm production after floods

The FAO chief voiced hope that Benin, which has vast agricultural potential and water resources, could become the home of a regional food reserve that can offset shortfalls where production is weaker, such as in the arid Sahel.

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Summary of CRS’ Global Fund Malaria Portfolio

To date, CRS has been awarded over $130 million through 41 grants in 26 countries across seven of the eight Global Fund regions, including both Principal Recipient (PR) and Sub Recipient (SR) grants. According to the disease area, 23 of these grants were for HIV, 14 were for malaria, 3 were for TB, and one was for HSS. CRS is currently managing 17 grants, including six as Principal Recipient, in 14 countries with a total program value of approximately $88 million.

The main objectives of CRS’ current Principal Recipient grants in malaria are:

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Benin + 4 others
USAID helps improve cotton farmers’ incomes and food security

Cotonou, Benin - After seven years, the USAID West African Cotton Improvement Program (WACIP) has successfully completed its activities to reduce poverty and hunger by helping increase both cotton farmers' incomes and the added value of cotton processed by artisans and ginners. The program, implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center, supported the cotton sectors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, commonly known as the C-4 countries, plus Senegal.

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ECOWAS youth to graduate from integrated agriculture training in Port Novo

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ECOWAS

Some Eighty-three young men and women, ages 18-35 from ECOWAS forteen Member States will round-off a one month intensive training in integrated agriculture entrepreneurship at the Songhai Centre, Porto Novo, Benin Republic, on 29th October 2013, under the youth capacity building programme of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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In Benin, Grandmothers Lead the Fight against Malnutrition

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
- Benin currently confronts a high rate of chronic malnutrition among children under age five
- The government’s Community Nutrition Education Project seeks to combat this scourge
- In the hardest-hit communities, grandmothers have been mobilized to lead the effort

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Benin – Floods (ECHO Daily Flash 13/09/2013)

The situation in the communes of Karimama and Malanville in Northern Benin is deteriorating following the overflow of the Niger river, with water levels 1 meter higher than usual. 54 localities in Karimama and 18 in Malanville have been inundated, with a total of 33 535 people affected. Massive loss of housing, assets and crops has been reported in the two communes. High risk on public health and increasing rates of malnutrition. The immediate needs include water, hygiene, shelter, NFI and food supplies.

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Benin floods – web update, 10 September 13

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CARE

Areas close to the Niger River have been flooded following heavy rains in Niger and Mali. Nearly 10,000 people have been displaced, and over 21,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed.

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Benin + 7 others
Summit in Dakar to evaluate ‘right to food’ progress in West Africa

DAKAR / GENEVA (10 June 2013) – More than 40 parliamentarians, government officials, and representatives of civil society and national human rights institutions will come together in Dakar on 13-14 June 2013 to identify the best ways of putting the human right to adequate food into practice in the region.

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Benin + 7 others
Sommet à Dakar pour évaluer les progrès du droit à l'alimentation en Afrique de l'Ouest

DAKAR / GENÈVE (10 juin 2013) – Plus de 40 parlementaires, acteurs gouvernementaux, et représentants de la société civile et des institutions nationales pour les droits de l'homme se réuniront les 13 et 14 juin à Dakar afin d'identifier les meilleures pratiques visant à mettre en œuvre concrètement le droit de l'homme à une alimentation adéquate dans la région.

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Lutte contre la mortalité materno-infantile, les avancées d'un programme débuté en 2011

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CARE

Au Bénin, 1 500 femmes meurent, chaque année, de complications liées à la grossesse, à l'accouchement ou des suites de couches. Depuis octobre 2011, CARE France mène un projet innovant s'appuyant sur la téléphonie mobile pour lutter contre la mortalité infantile dans le département du Zou.

Pour les mères béninoises, la mortalité à l'accouchement est un danger permanent.

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Care for ME is about children everywhere

16/05/2013 - Improving the quality of care for vulnerable children is a global issue. Delegates at a conference at the SOS Children’s Villages International headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria, have today highlighted how this can be addressed through a campaign that boldly sets out to achieve quality care for every child.

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PepsiCo Quaker Delegation Visits Benin School Meals Programme

A delegation from PepsiCo Quaker in the Netherlands recently travelled to Benin to visit WFP’s school feeding programme, which the company is supporting. The visit demonstrated the impact that PepsiCo Quaker’s contributions have had on primary schools in Benin.

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In Benin, Conservation Efforts Help Lift People Out of Poverty

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Benin, community conservation areas have been established to preserve the biological diversity of coastal wetlands

  • Investments have been made to enable communities to conduct environmentally-friendly business activities

  • To date, 1,601 Beninese have benefited from the Community-Based Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Management Project