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26/04/2017 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sought the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) financial support to implement the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) in Ghana at a total cost of US$ 92.79 million. The programme was designed with the overall goal of ensuring equitable and sustainable reduction of poverty and food insecurity among rural households in Northern Ghana. The NRGP exemplifies a participatory operation based on a new innovative concept of women empowerment.

Categories: Ghana, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Partnerships

20/04/2017 - In many African countries, food security and nutrition continue to be a challenge. To address this in Ghana, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have joined forces to co-finance the “Northern Rural Growth programme” (NRGP). The project was launched in 2009, to contribute to equitable and sustainable poverty reduction and food security in the various districts in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions as well as seven adjoining districts of the Brong-Ahafo Region. Overall, the AfDB has injected USD 61.20 million in the project while the IFAD’s support was USD 22.73 million.

Categories: Ghana, Human Capital Development

03/02/2017 - The Gambia continues to face escalating food and nutrition deficits, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). As in most African countries, improved agriculture practices ensure food security, while agriculture itself is a prime source of income generation and poverty reduction for many rural households living below the poverty line.

Categories: Gambia, Agriculture & Agro-industries, Partnerships, Human Capital Development, Youth, Employment

19/01/2017 - Au Sénégal, comme dans d’autres pays d’Afrique, l’accès aux infrastructures (routes, eau, santé, éducation, etc.) reste insuffisant avec de grandes disparités régionales. Les zones rurales sont encore fortement enclavées ; les 187 communautés rurales les plus enclavées au Sénégal sont dispersées dans 11 des 14 régions du pays, limitant ainsi l’accès aux marchés et rendant les coûts des intrants et de transport des productions agricoles élevés. Le Projet Pistes communautaires en appui au Programme national de développement local (PPC/PNDL) financé par la Banque travaille aux cotés des collectivités locales et partenaires techniques pour améliorer l’accessibilité des zones de production, ainsi que l’accès des populations rurales aux marchés et aux services socioéconomiques de base.

Categories: Senegal, Infrastructure

18/01/2017 - Il est dit au Bénin que la Vallée de Wémè (francisé Ouémé) est classée deuxième vallée la plus riche au monde après le Nil en Egypte. C’est assurément une vallée très fertile, dotée d’un important potentiel agricole qui s’élève à plus 70.000 ha, mais moins de 30% de cette superficie est actuellement exploitée. Dans la continuité de ses efforts pour réduire la pauvreté et améliorer la sécurité alimentaire au Bénin, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a lancé, en 2014, le Projet d’Appui aux infrastructures agricoles dans la Vallée de l’Ouémé (PAIA-VO) qui vise à accroître la productivité et à mettre en valeur les terres agricoles situées dans la vallée.

Categories: Benin, Agriculture & Agro-industries

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