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Obama mandates climate resilience in all U.S. development projects

Washington – All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

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Africa’s dividing farmlands a threat to food security

Nairobi – The subdivision of agricultural land is reducing the size of farmlands and severely undermining smallholder production. 

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Helping locals spot aid abuse

Washington DC – A programme that dispatches student researchers to train civil society organisations in the developing world in data handling skills so that they can track aid and development spending in their locality is expanding this year. This training is designed to help local people hold donor organisations to account, according to the programme’s organisers.

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US President Barack Obama to launch leadership centre in Kenya

Washington DC – The United States will establish a leadership centre in Kenya to train young East Africans for executive positions in business, government and civil society, President Barack Obama announced Monday.

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South-South Cooperation: Emerging nations play the agricultural card

The growing presence of emerging countries on the world stage is driven primarily by economics, but geopolitical and diplomatic aspirations are also high and South-South cooperation is one way of achieving them. With the exception of Brazil, the agriculture sector is not overlooked but is by no means a priority sector for these new players.

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Liberia’s Poor and the Rising Sea

Monrovia – Mary B owned a shop in West Point, Monrovia’s densely-populated slum community, where she sold liquor just few yards away from the sea. But last month, the ocean left her homeless and without a business because the devastating erosion of the coastline has resulted in most of the land eroding into the Atlantic Ocean with thousands of homes being washed away by the encroaching sea. continue reading »

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