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23 Mar 2012 description

Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen wants companies, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations to join the government in tackling water problems in developing countries. Today, on World Water Day, he launched the Sustainable Water Fund.

19 Feb 2011 description

Le Président du FIDA Nwanze exhorte les leaders politiques des 167 Pays Membres à se concentrer sur la jeunesse pour construire une économie rurale dynamique

Rome, le 19 février 2011 - «L´Afrique possède les territoires et les personnes pour développer un système agricole capable de produire assez de surplus pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire mondiale dans les décennies à venir », a dit ce matin Kofi Annan, président de l'Alliance pour une Révolution Verte en Afrique (AGRA) lors de la conférence annuelle du FIDA (Fonds International de Développement Agricole).

Kofi Annan, …

19 Feb 2011 description

IFAD President Nwanze urges policy leaders from 167 Member States to focus on young people to build vibrant rural economies

Rome, 19 February 2011 - Africa has the land and the people to develop an agricultural system that can provide enough surplus to ensure global food security in decades to come, Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), said this morning at the annual meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General, said that good progress towards this goal is already being …

27 May 2010 description
  • World still in jeopardy of another food crisis

    * U.S. moving ahead with implementation of L'Aquila plan

    * U.S. seeking cooperation with EU and other donors

    By Bate Felix

    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) - A top U.S. official said on Thursday global food prices could soar again if countries don't cooperate to increase food production especially in developing countries.

    Ertharin Cousin, U.S.

05 Jun 2009 description

Decision Could Help Protect Millions of Children in Africa and Asia from Lethal Diarrheal Disease

Geneva and Seattle, June 5, 2009 - The World Health Organization has recommended that rotavirus vaccination be included in all national immunization programmes in order to provide protection against a virus that is responsible for more than 500,000 diarrheal deaths and two million hospitalizations annually among children. More than 85 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries in Africa and Asia.

26 Dec 2008 description

By Megan Rowling

LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Like many African women, Mazoe Gondwe is her family's main food provider. Lately, she has struggled to farm her plot in Malawi due to unpredictable rains that are making her hard life even tougher.

"Now we can't just depend on rain-fed agriculture, so we plant two crops - one watered with rain and one that needs irrigating," she explained. "But irrigation is back-breaking and can take four hours a day."

Gondwe, flown by development agency ActionAid to U.N.

21 Feb 2008 description
report IRIN

ROME, 21 February 2008 (IRIN) - The lack of political will to invest in agriculture has affected the chances of halving poverty and hunger in Africa by 2015, according to a senior United Nations official.

"Investment in agriculture, more than other sectors, provides four times the returns," said Kanayo Nwanze, vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a UN agency working to end rural poverty.

"There are some countries, like Ghana, which have made tremendous progress in the last seven years, and Uganda; we could have listed Kenya (prior to …

09 Oct 2007 description
report ActionAid

Some of the worst flooding in nearly 30 years has devastated swathes of east and southern Africa affecting over 1.5 million people.

In Ghana nearly 800,000 people have been affected by torrential rains which have devastated farms and destroyed crops.

At least 17 people have died as a result and the government has declared Ghana's three northern regions a disaster area.

ActionAid is responding to the disaster, distributing food and clothes in the Upper East Region, the area most affected by the floods.

We are also responding in the Northern (West and East) and Upper West …

05 Oct 2007 description

Communities will feel effects of flooding for months; CRS gears up long-term response

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 5, 2007 - As flooding subsides across Africa, communities are bracing for the aftermath of months of heavy rain. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is delivering relief supplies throughout East and West Africa, while working on long-term solutions to help families who will feel the effects of the devastating flooding long after the waters recede.

In Northern Ghana, some 350,000 people have been affected, with more than 100,000 displaced.

24 Sep 2007 description
  • Les inondations qui ont touché de nombreuses zones d'Afrique sont les plus graves depuis des décennies. Elles forment un arc qui s'étend de la Mauritanie à l'ouest, au Kenya à l'est. Selon les estimations du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM), les inondations auraient affecté 1,5 million de personnes.

    Le PAM doit puiser dans les réserves d'urgence

    - Les équipes du PAM ont été déployées dans la région pour distribuer des vivres aux victimes des inondations dans plusieurs pays.

24 Sep 2007 description
report World Vision

Teams in Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya concerned about disease risks to children

Nairobi, Kenya, September 24, 2007-World Vision is providing relief supplies to countries in Western and Eastern Africa hit hard by the recent torrential rains and flooding.

21 Apr 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead: May-July 2005 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region

The outlook for May-Jul 2005 Gulf of Guinea rainfall at one month lead shows a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall locally over southern Ghana and southwestern Nigeria. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall locally over southeastern Cote d'Ivoire.


09 Jul 2002 description

BARCELONA, SPAIN - The U. S. Agency for International Development announced today that it has started antiretroviral treatment programs for HIV-infected people in Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda. These are the first U.S. government-funded programs in these countries to provide comprehensive antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS.