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Farmers in twenty African countries get new window of opportunity to significantly increase yield

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.

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Le Japon fait don de 26,7 millions de dollars pour les opérations humanitaires de l'OIM en 2012

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.

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African Development Bank approves US$63M multi-CGIAR Center continental research-for-development initiative

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.

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Peace Implementation in the Post-2005 Era: Lessons from Four Peace Agreements in Africa

Policy & Practice Brief: Knowledge for durable peace - Issue #10, July 2011

By Dr Martha Mutisi

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Mediating to Governments of National Unity - A conflict transformative approach

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.
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Blood diamond fears in I. Coast political duel

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

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General Assembly Reaffirms Strong, Ongoing Support for Kimberley Process Targeting Global Trade in 'Blood Diamonds', by One of Four Resolutions

GA/11039

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Plenary
68th Meeting (AM)

Three Other Resolutions Concern Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue; Cooperation with Portuguese-Speaking Countries, Organization of Islamic Conference

Recognizing ongoing serious concern about the direct link between the "rough diamonds" trade and armed conflict and the activities of rebel movements aimed at undermining legitimate Governments, the General Assembly today reaffirmed its strong and continuing support for the Kimberley Process and its related certification scheme

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AFRICA CONFLICT PREVENTION PROGRAMME ANNUAL REPORT 2009/10

1. 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. On top of focussing on "hot" conflicts, ACPP has prioritised its reduced engagement on supporting peace processes and stabilisation in key countries and developing African political and military capability to prevent and manage conflict.

ACPP major achievements and highlights are:

h Training for troop contributors has

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Ten million deaths and 1 million new HIV infections could be averted if countries meet HIV treatment targets

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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 platform called Treatment 2.0 that could decrease the number of AIDS-related deaths drastically and could also greatly reduce

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10 millions de décès et 1 million de nouvelles infections à VIH pourraient être évités si les pays atteignent leurs objectifs de traitement du virus

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UNAIDS
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. Un nouveau sondage international indique que le sida reste un problème majeur aux yeux de la population mondiale.

GENÈVE, 13 juillet 2010 - Outlook, le nouveau rapport de l'ONUSIDA, présente les grandes lignes d'une plate-forme de traitement du VIH radicalement simplifiée appelée 'Traitement 2.0' qui pourrait permettre de réduire considérablement le nombre de décès liés

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USAID/OFDA PROTECTION SECTOR UPDATE - JUNE 2010

SECTOR OVERVIEW

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. Disaster-affected populations confront protection challenges

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Diamond producers meet on 'conflict diamonds' in Namibia

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 four-day

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Campaigners call for urgent action on Zimbabwe blood diamonds and wider reform of the Kimberley Process to prevent abuse

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Global Witness
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 diamonds.

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Des militants demandent que des mesures soient instamment prises à l'égard des diamants du sang du Zimbabwe et en faveur d'une réforme plus importante du Processus de Kimberley afin d'empêcher tout abus

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Global Witness
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 crédibilité

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Africa: IDP convention - now the hard work begins

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IRIN
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. "We need to move from intentions to actions."

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Global: Cholera, climate change and El Niño

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JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2009 (IRIN) - Cholera is not only linked to climate change, it also has an El Niño angle. For instance, Papua New Guinea, an island state in the Pacific Ocean, recorded its first cholera cases in 50 years in 2009, which also happens to be an El Niño year.

The periodic flow of warm sea water across the surface of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean, called El Niño, can lead to higher atmospheric temperatures and heavy rains.

When these conditions are coupled with the rise in temperature and heavy rainfalls caused by climate change, ideal

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Introductory Remarks by Commissioner Karel de Gucht before the European Parliament (Exchange of Views) Development Committee

Brussels

Référence: SPEECH/09/357

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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. Nobody more than I can appreciate and value the essential role of the European Parliament in making

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Governments urged to renew commitments as diamond meeting closes

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. The government-led scheme was established in 2003 to prevent the trade in blood diamonds but has faced challenges since its inception.

In particular, civil society groups have frequently emphasised the need for Kimberley Process participant governments

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Diamants du sang - il est temps de colmater les brèches

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Global Witness
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 pas à traiter

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Blood diamonds - Time to plug the gaps

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Global Witness
Civil Society Groups warn effectiveness of Kimberley Process compromised

A landmark scheme established in 2003 to prevent trade in conflict diamonds is potentially failing in its objectives, campaigners said today.

Ahead of a key meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in Namibia, a coalition of civil society groups said that despite having all the tools in place, the scheme was failing effectively to address issues of non-compliance, smuggling, money laundering and human rights abuses in the world's alluvial diamond fields.