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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2012 Article IV Consultation with Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 29, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ On February 6, 2013, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2012 Article IV consultation with Nigeria.1

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Madagascar needs more than $41 million to end locust plague / Half of the country infested by locusts – food production seriously at risk

ROME, Italy, March 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Madagascar needs more than $22 million of emergency funding by June to start fighting a severe locust plague that threatens the country’s next cropping seasons and the food security of more than half the country’s population, FAO said today. The agency underlined, however, that a three-year strategy is needed – requiring an additional $19 million.

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AfricaRice: Average rice yield in SSA has jumped 30% after rice crisis

COTONOU, Benin, March, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ An analysis by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) has revealed that the paddy rice production growth rate in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) shot up from 3.2% per year before the rice crisis (2000–2007) to 8.4% per year after the rice crisis (2007–2012).

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AfricaRice : le rendement moyen du riz en Afrique subsaharienne a augmenté de 30 % après la crise rizicole

COTONOU, Benin, 14 mars 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Une analyse effectuée par le Centre du riz en Afrique (AfricaRice) a révélé que le taux de croissance de la production de paddy en Afrique subsaharienne (ASS) est passé de 3,2 % par an avant la crise rizicole (2000–2007) à 8,4 % par an après la crise rizicole (2007–2012).

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Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Markets Set to Top US$ One Trillion in 2030

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Africa has the potential to create a trillion-dollar food market
  • But farmers need better access to help them grow and trade their products
  • A new report outlines challenges and solutions to Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness sectors

WASHINGTON –A new World Bank report “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness,” says that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods.  The report calls on governments to work side-by-side with agribusinesses, to link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa.

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Africa’s Food Markets Could Create One Trillion Dollar Opportunity by 2030

WASHINGTON, March, 2013 – Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods, and if African governments can work more closely with agribusinesses to feed the region’s fast-growing urban population, according to a new World Bank report launched today.

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Africa’s Food Markets Could Create One Trillion Dollar Opportunity by 2030

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods, and if African governments can work more closely with agribusinesses to feed the region’s fast-growing urban population, according to a new World Bank report launched today.

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Agricultural investment opportunities, best practices & innovations define CMT’s 3rd Commercial Farm Africa Summit

Centre for Management Technology today launches the 3rd Commercial Farm Africa Summit to take place on March 19-20 in Accra, Ghana. Endorsed by Ghanaian Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MOFA) and supported by Private Enterprise Foundation, the 2-day summit addresses rising agricultural investment opportunities in the region, spotlighting on funding, best practices, infrastructure and innovations challenges.

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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”.

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Trending: Smallholders and investors to work together for better technologies and best practices

 

“Smallholders are a vast and under-utilized resource;
these are the people we work with – whether smallholders, pastoralists or herders – not just to increase productivity, but to nurture the land, to improve their businesses and strengthen market access.”
– Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

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Ethiopia’s Tekeda Alemu Feigns Concern over Djibouti-Eritrea Relations

Sophia Tesfamariam

 

It is rather interesting that Tekeda Alemu would today feign concern and call on Eritrea to show a “pacific disposition” towards Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia[i].  As this author recalls, it was Tekeda Alemu that asked the US to break the otherwise amicable and neighborly Djibouti-Eritrea relations. How can Eritrea have a “pacific disposition” to Ethiopia when for over a decade Ethiopia has been occupying its sovereign territories in violation of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s (EEBC) final and binding delimitation and demarcation decisions, international law, the United Nations and African Union Charters? As for Somalia, no one tried harder to “isolate” Eritrea from playing any meaningful role in Somalia than did the regime in Ethiopia and its handlers. Now that they have managed to create an intractable desperate situation in a dismembered and weak Somalia, don’t expect Eritrea to burn in that self created quagmire. Allow me to remind the good Ambassador of a few facts about Djibouti-Eritrea relations.

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Ethiopia: Tekeda Alemu’s Self-Serving & Ignominious Defense of Susan E. Rice

Sophia Tesfamariam

The Benghazi incident that took the lives of four Americans has resulted in the resignation of four Department of State (DoS) officials and has cost Susan E. Rice, the current US Ambassador to the United Nations, her chance to head the DoS. Her potential nomination set off a barrage of commentary as those opposed to her nomination were countered by those who supported her. Several reports were written about the “radio-active” candidate and there were some who actually questioned her credentials and there were others who claimed that her “entire career has been based less on solid accomplishment than on her networking skills.”

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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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Fairtrade Farmers in the Fight against Climate Change

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The Systematic Emasculation of Africa’s Leadership-Part 3

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The Systematic Emasculation of Africa’s Leadership-Part Two

By Sophia Tesfamariam

The Systematic Emasculation of Africa’s Leadership-Part Two

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US-Ethiopia Engineered Sanctions

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