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Wednesday, 04 May 2016

The Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank today signed a US$40 million credit agreement to support smallholder commercialization and agribusiness development in Sierra Leone. The project is co-financed by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) with an additional US$15 million making the total project funding of US$55 million. The project was approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors on February 18, 2016 and will run until May 31, 2021. The Smallholder Commercialization and Agribusiness Development project will promote smallholder commercialization by fostering productive business linkages between smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms and other commodity off-takers in Sierra Leone.

A UK-backed Caribbean infrastructure investment scheme became operational last week, offering £300m worth of grants for infrastructure across the region until March 2020. The fund was announced by prime minister David Cameron last September as his first visit to Jamaica in 14 years began with calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for its role in the slave trade. The funds, announced in the first leg of his two-day visit, will be delivered by the UK’s Department for International Development and support the construction of vital new infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, in hopes of driving economic growth and development across the region.

An Italian engineering company has been reported to the OECD because the dam it is building is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Kenya and Ethiopia. Survival International (SI)‚ a global movement for the rights of tribal peoples‚ reported engineering giant Salini to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development over the construction of the dam‚ which has cut off the Omo River’s regular flooding‚ which 100‚000 people rely on to water their crops and livestock.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A workshop for launching the local development plan (LDP) and the restoration of the standard of living (RSL) took place on Thursday 04 February 2016 in Bertoua. Two programmes of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric Project (LPHP) constitute the pillars of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric Project, in the Eastern region. The first is linked to the social aspect and the second is associated with the construction of the infrastructures. They were implemented on Friday 05 February 2016 by the Dutch development company (SNV) with whom Electricity Development Corporation (EDC) concluded service contracts for the project management, signed on 20 October 2015 in Yaoundé.

The Rector of the AUF (Francophone University Association), Mr Jean-Paul de Gaudemar, and the Minister of National Education for the Ivory Coast, Mrs Kandia Camara signed a funding agreement for the M-learning project on 11 February 2016. Based on a platform of training and tablets connected to the Internet, M-learning is aimed at strengthening  the initial and on-going training of primary and middle school teachers. 600 primary and 400 middle school teachers are involved in 6 regions of the country. M-learning was selected within the framework of a call for projects launched by the AUF and the French Development Agency (AFD) in 2015.

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Manager and Senior Technical Advisor, Daniel Opwonya explaining to the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, (UNMA) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) staff members about the newly installed weather stations in Entebbe, Kampala on Thursday, 11, February, 2016. The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has started the installations of automatic weather stations in Kampala. Twenty weather stations are to be installed in various districts with the first phase seeing 12 being installed in February and eight in the second phase. The installation is aimed at improving the provision and utilization of targeted meteorological products by strengthening both product generation in terms of quality, quantity and flow of information.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Women make up, on average, over 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in the developing world and yet typically they do not have sufficient access to critical resources and services to become as productive as their male counterparts. In fact, across all regions, rural women and girls continue to face significant discrimination compared with men and boys, with women being more likely than men to hold poor quality jobs and benefit less from agricultural value chains.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

On Wednesday 3 February 2016, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft texts towards ratification of Credit Agreement No. CML 1342 U, signed in Paris on 21 October 2015, between the Government of Mali and the French Development Agency for partial financing of the Economic Development Project for rural areas in the regions of Ségou and Timbuktu Mali.

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Incubator based in Dakar is organising an event for the presentation of the WAZIUP programme, an initiative designed specifically to promote the use of connected objects in rural areas of Africa. The WAZIUP project, also called an Open Innovation Platform for IoT-Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, sprang up from a cooperation between 4 African countries and 5 countries of the European Union. It unites experts from the world of technology, hubs, developers and African companies evolving in the areas of ICT and agriculture.

Thursday, 04 February 2016

Developing countries in the South offer a myriad of development solutions – knowledge, experiences and good practices, innovative policies, technology, know-how, and resources – that have proven cost-effective and have huge potential to be up-scaled for the benefit of others. How these developing countries cooperate and collaborate amongst each other for development goals – what is known as South-South Cooperation (SSC) – will be the focus of a joint symposium to be hosted at the ACP House in Brussels on 11-12 February, under the theme: Integrated Rural Development: Strengthening Women and Youth Empowerment through Jobs and Entrepreneurship.