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11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.

22 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

African countries are facing a maize shortage and losses running into billions of dollars due to the devastation caused by the fall armyworm.

A new report released by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests.

12 Jun 2016 description

COTONOU, June 11 (Reuters) - Benin stepped up security patrols and roadblocks and increased border security on Saturday in the face of a threat from Islamist militants, the army chief of staff and a senior security official said.

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02 Sep 2015 description

DUBAI, 31st August, 2015 (WAM) -- Dar Al Ber Society, DABS, has inaugurated 29 charity projects at a cost of AED 2,732,000, in Benin and Togo as part of an eight-day official visit to the two African countries.

The DABS delegation comprised Abdul Kareem Jaafar, Manager of Projects Department at DABS, and Ali Abdullah Al Shehi, Manager of DABS in Ras al-Khaimah.

New projects have been agreed upon as well the development of the services being rendered by the society to the peoples of the two African countries, according to a top official.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

23 Jul 2014 description
report AzerNews

By Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) as part of strategic cooperation with Islamic Development Bank has jointly carried out humanitarian actions in Benin and Chad. The new actions took place under the "Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness" campaign, AzerTag state news agency reported.

A total of 11,640 persons with problems in their eyesight have benefitted from free eye examinations out of which 506 persons in Benin and 835 persons in Chad have undergone surgeries and had their sights restored.

19 Feb 2014 description
report Voice of America

DAKAR — For decades, distribution of vaccines in Africa and other warm regions has been hampered by the need to keep the vaccines refrigerated - a major challenge in remote areas without electric power. But the World Health Organization says a new vaccine aimed at preventing meningitis A can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius, and was found to be 100 percent effective during a trial study in Benin.

18 Dec 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:59 PM
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – West African states in the Niger River Basin are seeking to tackle climate risks and reduce poverty by constructing three hydropower dams in the next five years.

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12 Aug 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

Brahima Ouédraogo

OUAGADOUGOU, 10 août (IPS) - Des organisations de gestion des eaux du Bassin de la Volta appellent à des mesures urgentes pour arrêter la dégradation continue des sols, de l’écosystème autour du Bassin de la Volta qui nourrit plusieurs millions de personnes en Afrique de l’ouest.

24 Apr 2013 description

The Higher Committee of Foreign aid at the Red Crescent Authority has allocated Dh 4.027 million to carry out developmental projects in a number of countries.

The assistance will cover health, education and social services sectors in addition to the provision of water supplies in areas which suffer from shortage of this vital service.

These projects will be carried out in a number of countries, including Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Jordan and Pakistan, Senegal, Bosnia, Uganda, Benin, Thailand, Chad, in addition to Ghana, Lebanon, Libya and Mauritania.

18 Jan 2013 description
report The Guardian

EU finds poor maintenance by recipient countries is leaving roads in ruin, jeopardising work to reduce poverty and hunger

The EU has spent billions of euros to build roads in sub-Saharan Africa that are left to deteriorate because of poor maintenance, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday.

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27 Nov 2012 description
report The Guardian

Facing hardship, families in Benin are sending their children to work in sometimes brutal conditions in neighbouring Nigeria

The abuse Timothy Goudjana suffered as a teenage labourer in Nigeria still haunts him. But decades later, he sent two of his own children, at a much younger age, to a similar fate.

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12 Jul 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 10 2012 (IPS) - Knowledge-sharing has become a cornerstone of successful cooperation among developing countries, in areas ranging from agriculture to health and renewable energies.

“There is a feeling that there are some solutions which can be generated by the South for the benefit of the South, and that ought to be shared between Southern countries,” John Ashe, president of the United Nations High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, told IPS.

10 Apr 2012 description

By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May, a group co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof said on Tuesday.

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19 Dec 2011 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 19 déc. 2011 [AlterPresse] --- Le ministère des affaires étrangères et des cultes haïtien (MAE) dirigé par Laurent Lamothe, informe qu’il compte venir en aide à une centaine d’étudiants haïtiens accueillis au Bénin (Afrique occidentale) après le violent séisme du 12 janvier 2010.

Le ministre Laurent Lamothe annonce qu’il a adopté « toutes les dispositions administratives nécessaires pour envoyer une aide financière aux étudiants haïtiens ayant bénéficié de bourses offertes par le Bénin », dans un communiqué transmis à AlterPresse le 15 décembre.

25 Sep 2011 description

24 Sep 2011 10:07 Source: Reuters // Reuters

Men work in a mill producing maize in Adjame, Abidjan July 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Thierry Gouegnon

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Group of 20 will back the creation of an emergency food reserve in West Africa to avert the risk of future shortages in the world's poorest region, French Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt said on Friday.

24 Aug 2011 description

Small farmers in Benin in West Africa are using solar panels to power an innovative drip-irrigation system.

By Janeen Madan, Nourishing the Planet / August 24, 2011

Nearly 2 billion people around the world live off the electricity grid. Lack of access to energy can take a huge toll, especially on food security. Without energy for irrigation, for example, small-scale farmers must rely on unpredictable rainfall to grow the crops they depend on for food and income.

02 Jul 2011 description

“This year the rains started late, but with an intensity that is two to three times higher than normal. At least a hundred villages are already at the red level alert. If you do not prepare in advance Benin is likely to once again relive last year’s drama: the people have understood this before the local government and they are already planning “, said to MISNA Imeldus Nvekounou, coordinator of humanitarian emergencies for Caritas Benin, stating that the organization has already implemented an early warning system.

01 Jul 2011 description

“Cette année les pluies ont commencé en retard mais avec une intensité deux ou trois fois supérieur à la normale. Une centaine de villages sont déjà à un niveau d’alerte rouge. Le Bénin, risque de revivre le drame de l’année dernière : les gens l’ont compris avant le gouvernement et ils s’organisent déjà au niveau local » déclare à la MISNA, Imeldus Nvekounou, coordinateur des urgences humanitaires de “Caritas Bénin”, en précisant que l’organisation a déjà élaboré un système d’alerte.

19 Nov 2010 description
report Voice of America

Government officials in Benin warn the country's floods may worsen in coming days as the rainy season continues.

As flooding continues to devastate Benin, residents like Christophe Hounkali say the unsanitary waters that are destroying their homes are also destroying their health.

Hounkali says the spread of disease that was brought about by the floods have already caused the death of one of his children.

Since September, heavy rains have pounded Benin, affecting more than 680,000 people and forcing 180,000 Beninois to leave their homes and live in makeshift shelters.

The …