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2013 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Programme full of New Highlights

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Harper Government boosts food production and economic growth in Africa / Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux highlights Earth Day

OTTAWA, Canada, April 22, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ African households will be better able to increase their food production and incomes as they improve their ability to adapt to the impacts of deforestation and the effects of weather on food security and livelihoods. Today, in recognition of Earth Day, Pierre Lemieux, MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, announced an agro-forestry initiative that will improve food production, reduce poverty and help African families adapt to weather-related challenges in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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5 Ways Drones Could Help In A Disaster Like The Boston Marathon Bombing Plus three robots that are already saving lives.

Yesterday, the President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Michael Toscano told U.S. News: “Whether it is in response to a natural disaster or a tragedy like we saw in Boston, [unmanned aerial systems] can be quickly deployed to provide first responders with critical situational awareness in areas too dangerous or difficult for manned aircraft to reach.” read more

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Africa Continues to Grow Strongly Despite Global Slowdown, Although Significantly Less Poverty Remains Elusive

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to reach more than 5 per cent on average in 2013-2015 as a result of high commodity prices worldwide and strong consumer spending on the continent, ensuring that the region remains amongst the fastest growing in the world — according to the World Bank’s latest Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects.
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“Samsung is committed to delivering the classroom of the future – taking learning beyond the blackboard and supporting the adoption of new technologies into our teaching environments.”

Exclusive interview with Paulo Ferreira, Head of Enterprise Mobility, Samsung South Africa – gold sponsor at African Education Week. read more

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European Airline Passengers Flying High with Enhanced Legal Rights

SQ Law Group, European Law Firm, Outlines Key Changes Due in 2015

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What should a content-managed website cost?

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For any individual the most difficult and negative thing, which unfortunately may happen, is the loss of the beloved ones. Complications may occur in the business as well; however, people may overcome them as these issues are just the facts of reality

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A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for American Safety Insurance Holdings, Ltd. and Its Subsidiaries

A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of the insurance operating subsidiaries of American Safety Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (ASI) (Hamilton, Bermuda) [NYSE:ASI], which include: American Safety Casualty Insurance Company, American Safety Indemnity Company (both domiciled in Oklahoma City, OK), American Safety Reinsurance, Limited (ASRE) (Hamilton, Bermuda) and its affiliate, American Safety Risk Retention Group, Inc. (Burlington, VT). Concurrently, A.M. Best has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the ICR of “bbb” of ASI. read more

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Google’s search for wisdom

KAMPALA January 2013 – As the internet becomes readily available and continues to play an integral role in our everyday life, Google is seeking to make search hassle free by giving the web a more personal touch. read more

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Russian Railways Logistics delivers cargo from Turkey in spite of severe weather conditions

Moscow, Russia, January 2013 – Russian Railways Logistics organized multimodal transportation of feldspar for ceramic tile production business of UNITILE Holding from port of Gulluk in Turkey to the Russian cities of Voronezh and Shakhty. The process of shipment consisted of freight forwarding, transshipment at the port of Rostov-on-Don and the final delivery of feldspar to consignees – JSC PKF “Voronezh ceramic factory” in Voronezh and Trading House Stroyfarfor LTD in Shakhty (Rostov region). read more

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How to get back into your groove this January

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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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A ten-year strategy to support the development of social protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Social protection, which comprises both social assistance and social insurance programs, is a powerful tool to reduce poverty and vulnerability
  • The World Bank has a new 10-year strategy for social protection in Africa (2012-2022)
  • The vision is to help governments build country-owned national social protection systems

Social protection, once thought of as exclusive to rich and middle-income countries, is being increasingly employed in low-income countries in Africa, where policymakers are recognizing its potential as a powerful tool to reduce poverty, vulnerability, and social inequality. read more

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