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Sunday, 17 December 2017

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.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Sweden and the United Kingdom have raised $67 million towards Tanzania's rural electrification programme. 'The main objective of the financing programme is to increase access to modern energy services in rural areas of mainland Tanzania for sustainable social economic development and poverty alleviation,' the official statement read sin part. Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) together with the UK government through the Department for International Development (DfID) last week entered into an agreement in which they would finance Tanzania a total of $67,727,272 (Tsh.241 billion) for energy development.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Department for International Development (DFID) has promised to invest £30million in climate change programme in Nigeria. This is contained in a statement issued by DFID’s Director of Information, Mr Tony Ohaeri on Friday in Abuja. The statement said DFID’s Head of Office, Mr Ben Meller, gave the promise when he paid a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh. “DFID would invest the sum of £30million in climate change programme in Nigeria and we are ready to give financial supports to the rural areas through the Bank of Agriculture. “Challenges such as climate change, finance, infrastructure among others are militating against sustainable growth of the sector.

The European Union (EU) will this year apply 9 million euros to two projects in Angola to support agro-pastoral communities affected by drought in the provinces of Huila, Cunene, Benguela, Namibe and Huambo, said the FAO representative for the southern region of Angola. Matteo Tonini also told Angolan news agency Angop that the funding comes from the European Development Fund (EDF), whose total value for Angola is estimated at 210 million euros.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food and beverage company that relies on millions of farmers around the world to supply agricultural raw materials needed for its products is set invest in Ghana’s rural communities and agriculture. Farmers are important to Nestlé and globally Nestlé works with more than 695 000 farmers, mainly smallholders, who provide the company with high-quality raw materials. These farmers and farm workers are essential to the ongoing success of the company. Nestlé is committed to contributing to the sustainable development of the rural communities where it sources from.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Earlier this week, the Minister of Finance, Hon Calle Schlettwein signed an agreement with representatives of the German Federal Government and the Kreditanstallt fuer Wiederafbau (KfW) for a Euro30 million concessional loan to continue improvement of the road network, to boost tourism infrastructure in the Zambezi region, and to facilitate land reform. The agreement was sealed shortly before the German delegation departed for a familiarisation tour to the northern regions accompanied by the German Ambassador, HE Christian Schlaga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Roads Fund Administration (RFA), Mr. Ali Ipinge, and the Director General for Africa and the Middle East of KfW, Mr Helmut Gauges.

An expert from Dublin Port Company will join two representatives of the UNCTAD/TrainForTrade programme in the juries that will assess the dissertation deliveries of the 28 middle managers from Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).