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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.