Efforts to transform agriculture in Africa have received a boost as researchers met under the Support for Agricultural Research and Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC)’s event, “Partners, Possibilities and Prospects,” on 15 July 2013 at the 6th African Agricultural Science Week in Accra to draw more support from partners into project.
The SARD-SC project will raise the productivity of maize, cassava, wheat, and rice by 20% in twenty selected countries in Africa.
This report summarizes, from an NGO perspective, the work done over the course of the NHRP II in four focus countries from September 2011 to April 2013: Côte d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Somalia and Zimbabwe. It focuses on efforts to strengthen local, national, and international humanitarian NGO voices in influencing the policy and practice of humanitarian reform so that humanitarian response can better meet the needs of affected populations.
Japon - Le gouvernement japonais engage un total de 26,7 millions de dollars pour 2012, afin de financer les services humanitaires de l'OIM pour les migrants, les communautés d'accueil, les rapatriés, les victimes de traite et les déplacés internes.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 63.24 million fund package for the implementation of a 5-year project dubbed “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC).
The SARD-SC is a research, science, and technology development initiative aimed at enhancing the productivity and income derived from cassava, maize, rice, and wheat – four of the six commodities that African Heads of States, through the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program, have defined as strategic crops for Africa.
Policy & Practice Brief: Knowledge for durable peace - Issue #10, July 2011
By Dr Martha Mutisi
In its simplest sense mediation can be defined as the act or process of mitigating the concerns of disputing parties by an intermediary who is not a party to the conflict, but who enjoys the trust of all parties and whose goal is to help forge settlements that are deemed acceptable. The mediator therefore acts as both bridge and a buffer between the parties in dispute. The key to any meaningful mediation therefore lies understanding, managing and transforming the political, economic, social and psychological dynamics of conflict that make disputant parties resistant to negotiations.
By Tim Witcher (AFP)
UNITED NATIONS - Ivory Coast is the world's biggest remaining source of conflict diamonds and the main international watchdog says it is stepping up efforts to stop the glittering trade financing new conflict in the tense country.
Tens, possibly hundreds, of millions of dollars worth of diamonds have in recent years been smuggled out of Ivory Coast, where Alassane Ouattara -- backed by the international community -- and incumbent Laurent Gbagbo are in a showdown for the presidency.
Private monitor groups say most get fake certificates of origin and …
Sixty-fifth General Assembly
- Executive Summary
The Africa Conflict Prevention Programme has gone through a drastic prioritisation process in 2009/10 due to funding cuts. ACPP has maintained its level of engagement in the Horn, the region most affected by conflicts in Africa.
Le nouveau rapport de l'ONUSIDA révèle que les jeunes mènent la révolution de la prévention - avec 15 des pays les plus durement touchés déclarant une chute de 25 % de la prévalence du VIH parmi cette population clé.
New UNAIDS report shows that young people are leading the prevention revolution, with 15 of the most severely affected countries reporting a 25% drop in HIV prevalence among this key population. New global opinion poll shows that AIDS continues to be of major importance for the public around the world.
GENEVA, 13 July 2010 - The new UNAIDS Outlook report outlines a radically simplified HIV treatment …
During disasters, affected populations often face challenges that material assistance alone cannot adaquately address. For example, conflicts or natural disasters often separate families, disrupting normal care-giving for children, the elderly, and disabled persons. Displacement, loss of family members, or disruption of livelihoods may increase vulnerability to violence, exploitation, and abuse for men, women, and children. Conflict exposes some people to harmful threats from attacks or landmines.
WINDHOEK, Nov 2, 2009 (AFP) - Rights abuses in Zimbabwe diamond fields are set to dominate talks that began in Namibia Monday among representatives of the system charged with preventing trade in the gems from fuelling armed conflicts.
Zimbabwe poses a key test for the global scheme known as the Kimberley Process, named after a South African mining town, which is under mounting criticism for failing to effectively stem the trade in "conflict diamonds".
Namibia's deputy mining minister Bernard Esau, who visited the Marange diamond fields last July, said the …
Les membres du Processus de Kimberley (PK) se doivent d'agir de toute urgence au vu des preuves accablantes de la non-conformité du Zimbabwe aux exigences minimales du système de certification des diamants bruts, déclarent ce jour des groupes de la société civile, peu avant le commencement de la réunion annuelle du PK en Namibie.
La Coalition de la société civile pour le Processus de Kimberley, composée notamment des organisations Global Witness, Partenariat Afrique Canada et Green Advocates (Liberia), prévient que l'absence de décision quant au statut du Zimbabwe compromet la …
Kimberley Process (KP) members must act on the overwhelming evidence of Zimbabwe's failure to comply with the minimum requirements of the rough diamond certification scheme, said civil society groups today, ahead of the KP's annual meeting in Namibia.
The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition, whose members include Global Witness, Partnership Africa Canada and Green Advocates (Liberia), warned that failure to make a decision about Zimbabwe's status is compromising the scheme's credibility and undermining chances for the successful eradication of the trade in conflict …
KAMPALA, 26 October 2009 (IRIN) - Seventeen countries signed the African Union convention on internally displaced persons (IDPs) after years of preparation culminated in a week of meetings in the Ugandan capital but a lot more hard work remains before it becomes effective, according to observers.
"The most important step now is implementation," Julia Dolly Joiner, AU commissioner for political affairs, said.
JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2009 (IRIN) - Cholera is not only linked to climate change, it also has an El Niño angle.
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Development Committee of the European Parliament
1 September 2009, European Parliament, Brussels
Honourable members of Parliament,
It is a real pleasure for me to be in the European Parliament today as Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.
As you probably know I spent some 14 years of my political career in this institution.
A coalition of civil society organisations acknowledged some progress at the close of the sixth Intersessional meeting of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in Windhoek, Namibia this week but said that more action was needed from governments to ensure the scheme's effectiveness.
Des groupes de la société civile craignent que l'efficacité du processus de Kimberley soit compromise
Crée en 2003 pour lutter contre le commerce des diamants de guerre, le système qui constitue le pilier de la lutte contre le commerce des diamants de guerre risque de faillir à ses objectifs, déclare aujourd'hui les militants.
=C0 l'approche de l'importante réunion du système de certification du Processus de Kimberley (SCPK) en Namibie, une coalition de groupes de la société civile déclare que malgré le fait que tous les outils soient en place, le système ne parvient …