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“Much is said of Inga but Ethiopia has the potential to become a major regional supplier.”

Interview with Paul Runge, Managing Director, Africa Project Access.  Paul will chair two hydropower sessions during the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town in May.

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9th SugarWorld ASIA Summit in Yangon on 28-30 April, 2013

International experts at the 9th SugarWorld ASIA Summit in Yangon on 28-30 April, 2013 will take a broad view on global sugar outlook, starting from world’s leading sugar producer, Brazil, before zooming into Asia’s market such as Philippines, Cambodia and China.

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Monitoring report reveals key insights into impact for 1.24 million Fairtrade farmers and workers

Bonn, Germany; 29 January 2013 – As sales of Fairtrade products continue to grow around the world, the need for understanding the impact increases. Today Fairtrade International (FLO) releases ‘Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade 2012’, a compendium of data and summaries of key research exploring the impacts of Fairtrade. The full report can be found at http://www.fairtrade.net/impact_studies.html.

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April, 2013

Event: Mastering Pricing & Price Review in Gas & LNG Contracts

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HRW’s Ill-Intentioned Agenda: Targeting Eritrea’s Economy

by E-SMART (Eritrean Sanctions Must Be Annulled and Repealed Today)-a collaboration of the Eritrean Diaspora http://www.eritrean-smart.org/

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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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New Research Suggests Drinking 100 Percent Orange Juice is Linked to Better Overall Diets and a Lower Risk of Obesity Among Adults

One Hundred Percent Orange Juice May Play an Important Role in Supporting Intake of Certain Underconsumed Nutrients

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Hailemariam Desalegn, can the figurehead Prime Minister stop Ethiopia’s implosion?

by Sophia Tesfamariam

The legitimacy and viability of the minority regime in Ethiopia is the staple of conversations amongst Ethiopians and Horn analysts these days. The center of the discussions is Hailemariam Desalegn, who is said to be Meles Zenawi’s handpicked successor. I would venture to say that he is just a figurehead. As I have stated in the past the entrenched regime remains in the hands of card carrying Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) members who are managing the government along with their foreign advisors, behind the scenes. For brevity’s sake, allow me to present these basic facts which prove my assertion that he is just a figure head Prime Minister with no real power to speak of.

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Standard Bank Group and UNAIDS collaborate in response to Sub-Saharan African HIV/Aids pandemic

 

Standard Bank Group and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS), have collaborated on education and advocacy initiatives, to maximise results for the Aids response in sub-Saharan Africa. The MOU, which was signed today for an initial two year period, focuses on community and staff initiatives, and centres on the UNAIDS 2015 vision of ‘zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths’.

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Zimbabwe’s sugar industry on recovery path

by Wallace Mawire Zimbabwe’s sugar industry is reported to be on a recovery, growth and expansion phase currently employing 18 000 people and creating sustainable value for all stakeholders. Tongaat Hulett Hippo Valley Estates Ltd CEO, Sydney Mtsambiwa says sugar production has already increased from 259 000 tons in 2009/10 to an expected 460 000 tons in 2012 with the company expecting to produce between 225 000 and 242 000 tons this season.The industry had previously faced a downturn under the controversial land reform programme launched in Zimbabwe in 2000. “A central part of this recovery has been the re-establishment of cane growing by improving agricultural yields on company-farmed estates and substantially developing indigenous private cane growers,” Mtsambiwa said. In the current season, 611 indigenous private growers, farming 11 138 hectares and employing 5 569 people are expected to supply 772 000 tons of cane generating $50 million in revenue. Mtsambiwa says the continued recovery of the Zimbabwe sugar industry is underpinned by the accelerated private grower sugar cane rehabilitation programme initiated in 2010/11 under the Sustainable Rural Farming Communities (SusCo) project. As part of the company’s on-going cane re-establishment programme, a total of 1 364 hectares of company-farmed estates have been ploughed out and replanted in the six months to 30 September 2012. “The industry’s domestic and export sales volumes in the first half of the year totalled 247 741 tons compared to 215 117 tons for the same period in 2011/12. Local market demand for sugar has remained firm,” Mtsambiwa said. He added that Zimbabwe, with Tongaat Hulett’s assistance has the potential to further develop indigenous private cane farmers substantially. “Based on current market dynamics, these indigenous private cane farmer developments could generate annual revenue of $150 million and employ 12 000 people,” he said.

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