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15 Sep 2009 description
  • Africa should see climate change as opportunity

    - Focus on labour-intensive sectors needed to boost growth

    By Kylie MacLellan

    LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Using Africa's vast agricultural resources to help tackle climate change could earn the continent $1.5 billion a year, a World Bank head said on Tuesday.

    The region should also tap its underexploited renewable resources, particularly hydropower, to meet increasing energy demand and boost both growth and development.

    "It is essential that climate change be viewed as a major development opportunity for Africa …

09 Nov 2006 description

By Gordon Bell

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Immediate steps are needed to avert a potential catastrophe as climate change dries up water resources in drought affected areas, hitting poor farmers, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

The vast majority of the world's malnourished people, estimated at about 830 million people, are small farmers, herders and farm labourers, pointing to devastating effects from global warning and requiring a tripling of yearly farming aid to poor countries.

"Climate change threatens to intensify water insecurity on an unparalleled …

07 Mar 2006 description

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Hunger and starvation among African children could be eliminated for $5 billion, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.