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26-Apr-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.
Ghana: Apesika Abom Feeder, the story of an AfDB-financed feeder road that changed the everyday lives of rural households
20-Apr-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...
03-Feb-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
19-Jan-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.
18-Jan-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...
04-Jul-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.
09-May-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.
03-May-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.
03-May-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.
Moving ahead: Project to improve Ketta-Djoum road and facilitate transport on Yaoundé-Brazzaville corridor
03-May-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.
27-Jan-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. A fitting reversal, because there was a time when the peanut, the flagship crop...
14-Jan-2016 - Friday, September 18, 2015 will be remembered as a landmark date in Côte d’Ivoire for the state visit paid by the Ivorian President and a truly special Council of Ministers held in Abengourou (in Indénié-Djuablin region, in the centre-east of the country). What’s more, the meeting approved a progress report on implementation of the project to support agricultural infrastructure in the Indénié-Djuablin region (PAIA-ID). The events of September 18 mark the importance for the country and for life in this area, with...