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28 Dec 2011 description

FAO and European Union help strengthen Mozambique’s seed sector

28 December 2012, Rome - FAO has assisted Mozambique in stepping up quality seed production to increase crop yields, something that is crucial to unlocking the country's vast agricultural potential.

22 Dec 2011 description

Change is a constant in the lives of rural people in Africa. For most developing countries, climate change adds another layer of complexity to existing development challenges, such as high levels of poverty and inequality, rapid population growth, underdeveloped markets, poor infrastructure and service provision, and weak governance systems.

22 Dec 2011 description

Outlook Highlights

  • Normal to above – normal rainfall is expected over the continental SADC countries.

  • Most of Madagascar is expected to receive above-normal to normal total rainfall

  • Heavy rainfall is forecast and is expected to bring relief to the dryness across southern Africa during the last next week of December 2011.

20 Dec 2011 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland’s support to women’s empowerment in the dGender equality is both a human right and fundamental to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

19 Dec 2011 description

WHO/AFRO welcome preliminary results of malaria vaccine trials

The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa has welcomed the announcement that trials of a malaria candidate vaccine show promising results by providing protection against clinical malaria in children.

The results were announced at the Global Malaria Forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

19 Dec 2011 description

Eighth Special Report

On 7 October 2011 the International Development Committee published its Ninth Report of Session 2010-12, DFID’s Role in Building Infrastructure in Developing Countries (HC 848). On 7 December 2011 we received the Government’s Response to the Report. It is reproduced as Appendix 1 to this Special Report. Also on 28 November 2011 we received a response to recommendation 7 (paragraph 42) of the Report from Trade Mark East Africa. It is reproduced as Appendix 2 to this Special Report

Appendix 1: Government Response

16 Dec 2011 description
report Trócaire

Posted by Alan Whelan

Below I've picked 11 of our most striking photos from a busy 2011, representing Trócaire's work responding to emergencies in Haiti, East Africa and Pakistan and our long term development work in Honduras, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine and Zimbabwe.


12 Dec 2011 description

The first UNESCO Mobile Learning Week, organized in partnership with Nokia, will be held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris to discuss the use of mobile technologies in education through an international experts’ meeting (12-14 December) and a symposium (14-16 December).

A diverse group of stakeholders will explore the potential and challenges of mobile learning in a world with over 5.3 billion mobile subscribers, approximately 90% of the planet’s population.

12 Dec 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 12 December 2011

The Council today approved the concept for a new Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean states. This decision kicks off operational planning for the mission.

12 Dec 2011 description

Key messages:

• Some evidence is available to show that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in African countries is under threat from the impact of natural hazards, particularly agricultural drought. This evidence remains patchy as availability of data on disaster losses in Africa is low.

12 Dec 2011 description
report The Zimbabwean

Eric Gooseby, the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, reaffirmed on Wednesday in Maputo, the commitment of his country to turn the tide in Mozambique’s effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

“The United States has been committed for many years to supporting the plans for addressing HIV/AIDS in Mozambique, seeking every opportunity to combine our own resources with those of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”, he said in a press conference held after a meeting with President Armando Guebuza, as part of a three day visit to the country.

09 Dec 2011 description


Katharyn Lindemann serves in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues.

08 Dec 2011 description
report Maplecroft

An annual Human Rights Risk Atlas, analysing the extent of human rights abuses in 197countries, has revealed that human rights and labour standards risks for companies and investors are increasing on a global scale, with 48% of the world now posing ‘extreme’ or ‘high’ risks of corporate complicity in rights violations.

07 Dec 2011 description


  • Assessments by the end of October 2011 indicated that the 2011/12 rainy season had not commenced in most parts of the region except for a few isolated areas. Planting rains are mostly expected in November in the Region.

  • Latest rainfall forecasts indicate that most parts of the Region may receive normal to above normal rains during the period November 2011 to January 2012. Should this be realized and farmers are able to timely access inputs, the Region may have another good harvest in 2012.

07 Dec 2011 description
report AngliCORD

Rebecca Vander Meulen, from the Anglican Diocese of Niassa in Mozambique, describes the impact of antiretroviral medication, but warns us that we have a long way to go before we reach the goals of zero infections and zero AIDS related deaths.