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Benin: Accelerate Real Economic Growth and Reduce the Incidence of Poverty

World Bank allocates US$30 million to support economic and structural reforms read more

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WATERPROOFING ON SBH COTTON MILLS BUILDING A COLOSSAL TASK

A building’s main defense against a harsh Western Cape climate, known for its wet, rainy and extreme temperature fluctuations, is its roof. Yet, the attention paid to reinforcing the integrity of this vital outer defense system of a building is often, surprisingly, little. One company that understands the importance of maintaining a strong roof structure is SBH Cotton Mills in Epping, Cape Town. read more

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“The Ethical Water Exchange is THE platform to transform wastewater into a clean tradable resource: treated wastewater.”

Exclusive interview with Valérie Issumo, Founder, Prana Sustainable Water, Switzerland.  She will address the Water track at African Utility Week on: “Ethical water exchange – the monetary value of recycled wastewater”. read more

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Counterpart, U.S. Labor Department to combat child labor in Burkina Faso

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Educational incentives for children and alternate livelihoods for their families are part of a new program to protect youth from the worst forms of underage labor in the impoverished West African nation of Burkina Faso, Counterpart International announced.  (www.Counterpart.org) read more

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Climate Change, Agricultural Adaptation and Fairtrade

Contents
Executive Summary v
Acknowledgements viii
List of tables, boxes, figures and diagrams ix
1. Introduction 1
2. Conceptualising Fairtrade in agricultural commodities and climate change 1
2.1 Introducing Fairtrade 1
2.2 Climate science, impact models and trends 1
2.3 Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity and Resilience 3
2.4 Stakeholder climate knowledge 5
2.5 Climate change impacts on smallholder agriculture 5
2.6 Agricultural innovation systems 6
2.7 Types of adaptation responses 7
2.8 Conceptualising agricultural adaptation 7
3. The effects of climate on selected Fairtrade crops 10
3.1 Plant responses to increases in CO2 10
3.2 Changes in temperature 11
3.3 Changes in precipitation 11
3.4 Implications for crop production 11
3.4.1 Rice 11
3.4.2 Cotton 12
3.4.3 Vegetables 13
3.4.4 Coffee 14
3.4.5 Cocoa 15
3.4.6 Tea 15
3.4.7 Banana 16
3.4.8 Sugar cane 17
3.5 Summarising the evidence 17
4. Assessing the projected climate change impacts on key Fairtrade countries 18
4.1 Projected climate change impacts 18
4.2 Example country case studies 22
4.2.1 Kenya 22
4.2.2 Mali 23
4.2.3 Dominican Republic 24
5. Reviewing the evidence on the impacts of climate change on global trade in
Fairtrade commodities 25
6. Identifying possible adaptation strategies for Fairtrade 25
6.1 Farm level changes 25
6.1.1 Cropping adaptations 25
6.1.2 Improving the effectiveness of pest, disease and weed management practices 26
6.1.3 Plant breeding 26
6.1.4 Irrigation and improved water harvesting and management 26
6.1.5 Soil conservation 26
6.1.6 Diversifi cation of the farming system 26
6.2 Policy and institutional changes 28
6.2.1 Build up climate knowledge of producer groups 28
6.2.2 Encourage all producer groups and enterprises to integrate climate
considerations in their planning and impact assessment 29
6.2.3 Support participatory adaptation processes at community level 29
6.2.4 Provision of fi nancial support for transition 30
6.2.5 Improve on-going access to weather information 30
6.2.6 Contingency planning and crop insurance 30
6.2.7 Agricultural learning, extension and innovation 30
6.2.8 Improving ecosystem stewardship 31
6.2.9 Payments for ecosystem services and climate fi nance 31
6.2.10 Changing the content of standards 32
6.2.11 Livelihood Diversifi cation and Migration 32
6.2.12 Estate agriculture and hired labour 33
7. Conclusions 34
References 38
Annexes 43
1. Development barriers, promoters and climate change dimensions 43
2. Additional Country-level Climate Projections for 2060s, Africa 44
3. Additional Country-level Climate Projections for 2060s, Caribbean/Central America and Asia 45
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IMF Concludes ECF Review Mission to the Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, November 8, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Mr. Norbert Toé visited Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), during October 24 to November 8, 2012 to conduct the first review of the three-year program supported under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission assessed progress achieved under the program as at June 30, 2012, updated program objectives for remainder of 2012 and discussed the government’s economic and financial policy objectives for 2013. read more

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Investors Applaud Hershey’s Vow To Source 100% Certified Cocoa By 2020

 

Move to certify entire product line seen as significant step to eradicate trafficking and forced child labor on cocoa farms and plantations read more

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World Bank provides US$90 million grant to increase cotton exports, mining revenues and food reserves in Burkina Faso

 

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 — The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA*) US$90 million grant which aims to increase cotton exports to more than 400,000 tons, mining revenues from 1.8 percent of GDP in 2011 to 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP); and food reserves to 70,000 tons in Burkina Faso, the multilateral institution announced today. read more

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Omidyar Network and ACCION Invest US $3.2 Million in Mobile Transactions International

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and BOSTON, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Omidyar Network and ACCION International announced today that they have invested US $3.2 million in Mobile Transactions International, a Zambia-based company that leverages mobile technology and an agent network to enable financial transactions across the Zambian economy. The $4 million investment round also includes $500,000 in converted debt funding from Mennonite Economic Development Associates. read more

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Togo: The World Bank Adopts a New Interim Strategy Note to Support the Country’s Poverty Reduction Efforts

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2012 – The Board of Executive Directors of The World Bank Group has adopted this day a second Interim Strategy Note (ISN-2) for Togo. The new strategy presents the framework for Bank’s interventions in Togo during the period from 2012 to 2013. All proposed actions in the new ISN are aimed to deepen and expand upon ongoing operations, and are organized around three main pillars. read more

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