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08 May 2015 description

Author(s):Johnson, Nancy L.; Kovarik, Chiara; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela; Njuki, Jemimah; Quisumbing, Agnes R.

20 Dec 2013 description

The synthesis report by FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team, is the first ever attempt to systematically analyse agriculture and food security policies in several African countries, using common methodology over years. The report found that in the period between 2005 and 2010, the policy environment and performance of domestic markets depressed producer prices in the ten African countries analysed, though the trend is improving.

24 Sep 2013 description

Teaming up to provide two million people with better nutrition

25 September 2013, Brussels/Rome - Less than two years before the deadline set to achieve international development goals, the European Union (EU) and FAO step up their efforts to reduce world hunger assisting two million people in six countries with agricultural development activities worth nearly €60 million.

The funding comes from a €1 billion EU initiative that aims to foster speedier progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

14 May 2013 description

On 8 May 2013 the Federal Council decided to grant Burkina Faso and Mozambique general budgetary assistance of CHF 32 million each for the years 2013 to 2016. This will support both countries in implementation of their poverty reduction strategies, which focus on broad-based and sustainable growth.

10 May 2013 description

Fund will Spur Investment in African Agriculture Infrastructure
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 9, 2013
USAID Press Office

14 Mar 2013 description
report EARS

Delft, March 2013

Aiming to serve all African farmers, FESA Micro-insurance is growing fast. But, large scale crop insurance puts special demands. Using automated insurance design and monitoring tools, EARS has developed a geo-information approach to crop insurance. Mapped insurance designs can be provided for the entire region, thus allowing for unrestricted sales. This enhanced capability is also reflected in the offer to develop proof-of-concept, free drought insurance design.

27 Sep 2012 description
report European Commission

Summary: 27 September 2012, New York - Speech by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, on the "EU at the forefront of the fight against hunger" at a High-level event to launch Cooperation Frameworks for Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mozambique

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The EU is and will remain at the forefront of the fight against food and nutrition insecurity.

18 Sep 2012 description

Jeddah, 13.09.2012 – At its 285th meeting that started last Sunday at IDB headquarters in Jeddah, the Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) chaired by HE Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President, IDB Group, approved around US$ 425 million to finance development projects in member countries and for Muslim communities in non-member countries.

28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

12 Jun 2012 description
report AGRA

8 June 2012 - By the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) and the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)

Africa needs a critical mass of scientists trained in plant breeding, with conventional and molecular expertise to develop resilient and climate-smart varieties needed for food security, sustainability and economic development. These scientists must be committed to working in national breeding programmes in their home countries. The lack of plant breeders with such skills in Africa is well documented.

26 May 2012 description


In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and April 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.

22 Sep 2011 description

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on 20 September 2011 in Tunis approved loans and grants amounting to 160 million Units of Account* (USD 257.6 million) to finance public sector growth support as well as water and sanitation projects in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Niger.

Project briefs:

04 May 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 4 May 2011 – Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to sustainable economic development, UNICEF said today, as the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education.

30 Jan 2011 description
report European Union

The Briefing Note “Mapping EU Support for Sanitation in Africa is based on a full study by WEDC. The purpose of the study is to obtain an overview of the status of the involvement of EU Member States and the European Commission in sanitation-related activities in Africa. It is anticipated that the findings of this work will have the potential to be used for both arguing for greater priority for sanitation within the international architecture and also for individual donors to use in discussing their own Official Development Assistance (ODA).

27 Nov 2010 description

It costs a lot of money to provide low quality water and sanitation services - and more expensive technology alone will not solve the problem, Catarina Fonseca, Director of the WASHCost project, has told an audience of economists, WASH specialists and researchers. Research in four countries has found that switching from boreholes with handpumps to small piped services can triple the costs but often leaves people with service levels somewhere between sub-standard and basic.

The WASHCost project is working with partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and in the Indian State of Andhra …

04 Oct 2010 description

A five-year IRC initiative unveils the hidden costs of water and sanitation services through action research that draws on the knowledge and perspectives of partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and India. WASHCost offers new analytical approaches and methodologies with an aim of contributing to people's sustained access to water and sanitation (WASH) in rural and peri-urban areas by demonstrating the life-cycle costs of WASH services.

30 Sep 2010 description

This working paper sets out a common framework to analyse and compare sanitation cost data across countries with different service delivery standards.

It represents a fundamental shift away from the focus on capital investment costs to the costs of sustainable sanitation services. It is valuable reading for anyone providing WASH services.