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Africa accounts for 45 percent of the world’s surface area suitable for agricultural production. Even with some large arid and semi-arid areas, the continent’s vast water resources are, on average underutilized, with only about 2-3 percent of renewable water resource in use, compared to five percent worldwide. Africa is also home to an abundant supply of labour for agriculture-related products and services.
Microsoft is confirming its commitment to digital transformation in the public sector in Africa, by bringing together government decision makers from across the continent, at an event in Nairobi, Kenya.
The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has announced the kick-start of a project termed ‘Planting for Food & Jobs programme’ under Ghana’s agricultural sector which is set to receive 125 million Canadian Dollars investment from the Canadian government. According to the minister, the project will create over 750,000 jobs for the youth. The project is scheduled to commence this March and to continue during the next farming season this year. The project seeks to create a sustainable food security structure for all people across the country. Planting for Food & Jobs will be operating under five main components: supply of improved seedlings, provision of fertilisers, extension services, marketing for produce and e-agriculture. Ken Ofori-Atta – Ghana’s Finance Minister represented the government of Ghana to sign the agreement which allows the release of the funds. The Canada government was represented by Ms Heather Anne Cameron, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana.
Seventeen years from now, half the global stock of capital, totaling $158 trillion (in 2010 dollars), will reside in the developing world, compared to less than one-third today, with countries in East Asia and Latin America accounting for the largest shares of this stock, says the latest edition of the World Bank’s Global Development Horizons (GDH) report, which explores patterns of investment, saving and capital flows as they are likely to evolve over the next two decades.
Developing countries to dominate global saving and investment, but the poor will not necessarily share the benefits, says report
- Developing world’s share of global investment to triple by 2030
- China, India will be developing world’s largest investors
- Boost to education needed so poor can improve their well-being
Global Development Horizons 2013: Capital For the Future from WB_Research
In less than a generation, global saving and investment will be dominated by the developing world, says the just-released Global Development Horizons (GDH) report.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Gambia’s newly introduced Tax collection system — the Value Added Tax (VAT)- is killing the country’s ailing economy and businesses. “The outlook for the economy is generally favorable for 2013, but there are risks. Real GDP growth is expected to accelerate, if the recovery in crop production is sustained.
Forest products critical to fight hunger – including insects / New study highlights role of insects for food and feed consumption
ROME, Italy, May 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May).