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04/07/2016 - Niger, a country in the heart of the Sahel-Saharan region, is faced with recurrent food crises due to erratic, insufficient rains and other factors. Repeated drought and desert encroachment in recent decades justify the option taken by Niger to retain the mobilization of water resources as a fundamental part of its rural development strategy whose ultimate goal is to ensure the country’s food security.

Categories: Niger, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Food Production

03/05/2016 - There is currently no passable road link between Yaoundé and Brazzaville. The sections of road between Ketta and Djoum on this route are in very poor condition, isolating the regions crossed. Consequently, it is not releasing the agricultural, mining and tourism potential that these areas have and is acting as a brake on the promotion of trade between the two countries.

Categories: Cameroon, Congo, Transport

03/05/2016 - Every year, Africa imports one third of global rice production, with West Africa alone importing nearly 20% (5.2 million tonnes). By 2020, if domestic production continues to be outstripped by growing demand, Africa will need an extra 17 million tonnes of husked rice, costing several billion in already rare foreign exchange. Any increase in the price of rice on the international market will have a negative impact on food security, particularly for poor households.

Categories: Benin, Nigeria, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Gambia, Agriculture & Agro-industries

03/05/2016 - Access to electricity in Kenya remains relatively limited. Only half the population has access to it, at a cost much higher than in other African economies. On top of this there is the instability of the network, with frequent blackouts, which raises questions about large scale reliance on hydroelectric energy production.

Categories: Kenya, Energy & Power

09/03/2016 - The inadequate water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Cuamba and Lichinga in northern Mozambique accounts for the majority of incidences of water-borne diseases and environmental degradation in Niassa Province.

In order to address this situation, the Mozambican Government requested financial and technical assistance. The African Development Bank’s response was to provide an African Development Fund loan of US $27.7 million to rehabilitate and expand the water and sanitation infrastructure in both cities for the benefit of more than 250,000 people.

Categories: Mozambique, Human Capital Development, Health, Gender, Water Supply & Sanitation, Partnerships, ADF

27/01/2016 - The Fatick region, population 613,000, is located 155 kilometres from the Senegalese capital of Dakar. A good illustration of humanity’s struggle against nature and climatic and environmental hazards, Senegal has – together with the African Development Bank, which is supporting the Project to Support Local Small-Scale Irrigation (PAPIL) – committed to winning hectares of salinized land back from the sea to use them for agriculture.

Categories: Senegal, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Human Capital Development, Poverty Reduction, Food Production, Employment, Gender

14/01/2016 - Le vendredi 18 septembre 2015 fera date en Côte d’Ivoire pour avoir consacré une visite d’Etat du président ivoirien et la tenue à Abengourou (région de l’Indénié-Djuablin, centre-est du pays) d’un conseil des ministres aux allures exceptionnelles. De surcroit, au cours de cette réunion a été adoptée une communication relative à l’état de mise en œuvre du projet d’appui aux infrastructures agricoles dans la région de l’Indénié-Djuablin (PAIA-ID).

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, Agriculture & Agro-industries

13/01/2016 - São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) is a small island nation located on the Equator, about 450 kilometres off the coast of Nigeria. In 2011, the country’s population was estimated at less than 200,000 inhabitants. The rural sector occupies an important place and accounts for 60% of the workforce. Despite efforts to develop the country’s productive potential and promote food crops, it still continues to rely heavily on imports.

Categories: São Tomé & Príncipe, Agriculture & Agro-industries

30/11/2015 - Agriculture is at the heart of Burundi's economy: it represents 30% of its national GDP and employs over 90% of the workforce. Climate change is a serious threat to the country's future. To adapt and prepare an effective response, it is better to have relevant data and to fully involve local communities.

Categories: Burundi, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Climate Change

30/11/2015 - Irrigation, fish-farming, horticulture, goat-rearing …. The people of the rural regions of Karonga, Dedza and Chikwawa found new ways to earn a living and to face up to extreme variations in climate. What’s more, they are more independent, more connected as a community and therefore less vulnerable. Here is a good example from Malwai of adaptation in the face of climate change.

Categories: Malawi, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Climate Change