By Kwame Buist
OHANNESBURG, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts.
Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.
Imagine working for months to feed, breed and raise catfish and tilapia and then watching half of your harvest slip away into the mud. Until recently, Kanli Farm in Tode, Benin was facing this frustration year after year.
Tode is an agricultural village in Azowlisse district, 30 kilometers from Benin’s capital, Porto Novo. Kanli Farm, owned by local entrepreneur Moise Gbenou in cooperation with a local non-governmental organization, produces trees, vegetables and animals including rabbits, chickens, fish and bees.
COTONOU, 17 Janvier 2015 – La Ministre de la Santé, le Professeur Dorothée Kindé Gazard, a déclaré officiellement la fin de l’épidémie de Fièvre de Lassa au Bénin lors d’une conférence de presse qui s’est tenue le 8 janvier 2015.
COTONOU, Bénin, 27 novembre 2014 - Après l’identification de cas de Fièvre de Lassa dans la zone sanitaire de Tanguiéta-Matéri-Cobly au Nord du Bénin, le Gouvernement soutenu par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Fonds des Nations pour l’enfance (UNICEF) et les partenaires au développement ont immédiatement démarré la riposte contre l’épidémie.
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Eight people have died in the west African nation of Benin from an outbreak of Lassa fever, while 170 others have been placed under observation, officials said Thursday.
Fourteen suspected cases of the virus have been identified, with two confirmed and eight deaths in the small country bordering Nigeria, said a joint statement from the WHO, Benin's health ministry and UNICEF.
The outbreak has occurred in the north of the country of some nine million people.
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Deux personnes sont mortes au Bénin après avoir contracté la fièvre de Lassa, cousine de celle d'Ebola, ont annoncé vendredi le gouvernement béninois et un responsable local de l'organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).
"Après les prélèvements et les analyses, les résultats se sont révélés positifs au virus lassa, un virus voisin de Ebola mais qui n'est pas aussi virulent qu'Ebola", a déclaré la ministre béninoise de la santé publique, Dorothée Akoko Kindé-Gazard.
BEREMBEKE (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) – Today is World Toilet Day. It may not be considered a polite dinner conversation topic, but ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities like latrines is one of the most important global public health issues. Thousands in the developing world, primarily children, die every day of preventable water-borne illnesses. People are forced to walk for miles to fetch potable water.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Preliminary estimates indicate a below-average cereal production in 2014, following erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Significant price declines registered in recent months.
Below-average 2014 cereal production expected to be offset by strong growth in root and tuber production
President Yayi recognizes Africare for significantly reducing malaria infections and deaths among children under five years old
COTONOU, BENIN (October 2, 2014) – Children across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier because a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, delivered such outstanding results it was rapidly expanded to span the entire country.
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COTONOU, August 7, 2014 (AFP) - Benin said Thursday that it has placed two patients with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation and was waiting for test results to establish if the pair were infected with the deadly tropical disease.
Deputy chief of staff at the health ministry, Moufalilou Aboubakar, told journalists that the two patients were being treated as suspected cases of Ebola and that blood samples had been sent to foreign labs for conclusive results.
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$6.4 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA*) to help Benin recover after heavy rains flooded the country in 2010. As a result of the flooding, 278 schools were flooded, and more than 50,000 houses were destroyed, leaving 150,000 people without shelter, according to the 2010 World Bank Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) document.
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.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Preliminary estimates indicate above-average cereal production in 2013, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Generally stable cereal prices from August 2013 following large increase in preceding months
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
José Graziano da Silva’s visit to Benin includes launch of FAO programme to help communities rebuild after floods
5 November 2013, Cotonou/Rome – FAO is supporting farming families in northern Benin who lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the Niger River overran its banks in August, just as many villagers were only barely getting back on their feet from the last floods in 2012.
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: