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25 Jul 2013 description

About this report

Lessons drawn from evaluations can improve understanding of what constitutes good development, and what works and what does not, for both CIDA staff and partners who design and implement international development projects. Incorporating these lessons into our operations will also give Canadian taxpayers better value for their tax dollars.

22 Jul 2013 description
report CGIAR

According to study, inaction will lead to “major setback” in economic development and food security for the poorest people in Ghana, Burkina Faso and other countries in West Africa

27 May 2013 description

Une stratégie unique qui englobe pour la première fois l’aide humanitaire, la coopération technique et financière, les mesures de politique économique et commerciale et la coopération avec les pays de l’Est : ce tournant important a été salué aussi bien par le Parlement que par l’opinion publique, soulignent le directeur de la DDC Martin Dahinden et Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Secrétaire d’Etat et directrice du SECO, dans le rapport annuel 2012 sur la coopération internationale de la Suisse qui vient de sortir de presse.

27 May 2013 description

The just-published 2012 Annual Report on Switzerland's International Cooperation sets out a unified strategy that encompasses – for the first time – humanitarian aid, technical and financial cooperation, economic and trade policy measures, and cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe. SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden and State Secretary and Director of SECO Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch stress that this important milestone has been welcomed both by Parliament and by public opinion.

08 Jan 2013 description

Messages clés :

  • En Afrique de l’Ouest, les prix des produits alimentaires étaient stables ou ont diminué en novembre tandis que leurs disponibilités continuaient à s’améliorer avec la campagne de commercialisation en cours. Des hausses de prix ont eu lieu plus tôt que prévu dans des centres urbains de la région et dans les zones structurellement déficitaires en raison des flux limités de produits en provenance des régions de production excédentaire.

28 Dec 2012 description

Key messages:

• In West Africa, food prices were stable or decreased in November as staple food availability continued to improve with the ongoing marketing season. Some earlier-­than-­anticipated price increases occurred in region’s urban centers and structurally-­deficit zones due to limited commodity flows from surplus­producing areas.

21 Dec 2012 description

Key points

  • Good crop prospects confirmed by PREGEC

  • Locust situation remains of concern

  • Grain prices in West Africa and on the international market: millet prices remain high but other coarse grain prices are normalizing in West Africa

  • Households whose livelihoods remain affected by the 2011-2012 crisis might face food difficulties in 2013

20 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 20 December 2012 (IRIN) - Despite good rains across much of the Sahel this year, 1.4 million children are expected to be malnourished - up from one million in 2012, according to the 2013 Sahel regional strategy.

The strategy, which calls on donors to provide US$1.6 billion of aid for 2013, says fewer people are expected to go hungry in 2013 - 10.3 million instead of 18.7 million in 2012.

20 Dec 2012 description
report World Bank

More than 10 million people have been affected by the recent flooding in West Africa. Rainfall has eased across much of the region and clean-up and reconstruction efforts are underway. Nigeria remains the most affected country with 2.3 million people still displaced. There is also renewed flooding in Niger following upstream rains in Guinea. Relief efforts have now shifted to medium and long-term prevention measures.

Response missions to Cameroon, Benin, Niger and Chad were recently completed and a Bank-led impact assessment scoping mission is currently underway in Nigeria.

14 Dec 2012 description

Above-average harvests, with high prices persisting


  • Total cereal production by Sahelian and West African countries for the 2012/2013 growing season is estimated at 57,318,000 metric tons. Even without data for Burkina Faso, this puts production up by 13 percent from last year and 18 percent from the five-year average.

13 Dec 2012 description

WFP’s response to the food crisis in the Sahel

Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa brought hunger to millions for the third time in seven years.
The harvest has started in most areas and crop prospects are overall favorable. Neverthe-less, communities remain weakened after months of hardship during a lean season that was longer and more difficult than usual.

During the lean season when needs were greatest, WFP supported between five and six mil-lion people each month through nutrition and food security activities.

12 Dec 2012 description
The Gulf of Guinea: The New Danger Zone - French version


11 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDRES, 11 décembre 2012 (IRIN) - En juillet 2011, le président béninois Thomas Boni Yayi avait envoyé une lettre au secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour lui faire part de ses préoccupations. Son pays était menacé par des pirates qui faisaient fuir les navires dont dépendait son économie. Il demandait le même genre d'opérations que celles menées par la communauté internationale pour lutter contre la piraterie au large de la Somalie.

10 Dec 2012 description


 Bonnes perspectives agricoles confirmées par le PREGEC

 Une situation acridienne qui demeure sérieuse

 Tendances sur les marchés internationaux et en Afrique de l’Ouest : prix du mil toujours très élevés et normalisation du prix des autres céréales en Afrique de l’Ouest

 Difficultés alimentaires possibles en 2013 pour les ménages dont les moyens d’existence sont toujours affectés par la crise de 2011-2012

10 Dec 2012 description

This summary note is an excerpt from the chapter on Benin that will appear in the peer-reviewed IFPRI monograph, West African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis.

The research, produced in collaboration with scientists from the countries studied, is based on scenarios from economic global climate change models, and takes into account estimates of each country’s economic and population growth. Each study includes a set of policy recommendations.

10 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 10 December 2012 (IRIN) - In July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general. His country was being threatened by the activities of pirates, who were scaring shipping away from the ports on which his country's revenues depend. He wanted international help of the kind which had been deployed against piracy off the coast of Somalia.

30 Nov 2012 description

The African Development Bank Group has led an intervention in Benin, where over 60,000 people are living with HIV, aimed enabling the country to take the helm in the fight against the disease.

As part of AfDB’s investments in Benin’s human capital, the project had a strong focus on local ownership and capacity building, resulting in:

  • The training of 241 health workers in screening and treatment of HIV/AIDS, resulting in 200,000 people screened and 7,305 HIV-positive people treated.

29 Nov 2012 description

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.