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02 Sep 2009 description

The paper develops indicators to look at the performance of the irrigation sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, where demand for food is high and irrigation has a proven potential to boost levels of agricultural productivity. By looking at six indicator categories-institutional framework, water resource use, irrigation area, irrigation technology, agricultural productivity, and poverty and food security-we assess the potential for improving performance in the agricultural food security sector through increasing irrigation sector investments.

03 Aug 2009 description

Briefing Paper 51

Evidence from 10 country case studies

Key points

- The financial crisis will exacerbate poverty and inequality and undermine progress towards the MDGs - the nature of this impact will vary between and within countries

- Social protection responses to the crisis in developing countries have been marginal in scale

- Developing countries need to address the immediate needs of the poor, as well as investing in growth and stabilisation packages

While the repercussions of the financial crisis on poverty in the developing world are severe and likely to …

17 Jun 2009 description
report BioMed Central


Vitamin A deficiency and malaria are both highly prevalent health problems in Africa. Vitamin A deficiency affects over 30 million children, most of whom are in the age-group (under five years) most affected by malaria. Vitamin A deficiency increases all-cause mortality in this part of the population, and malaria is an important cause of death in children at this age.