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About 3.2 billion people overall live in agricultural areas with high to very high water shortages or scarcity of which 1.2 billion people – roughly one-sixth of the world’s population – live in severely water constrained agricultural areas.

There Can Be No Food Security Without Water Security

By IFAD Published March 29, 2023 International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations calls for accelerated investments to help small-scale farmers in developing countries access and manage increasingly scarce water resources in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather events. RELATED: African Development Bank Lends…

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Carine Kaneza Nantulya, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Ethiopia’s Truce Needs Robust Rights Monitoring

By Human Rights Watch Published November 4, 2022 The ‘cessation of hostilities’ agreement between Ethiopia’s federal government and Tigrayan authorities announced on November 2, 2022 provides a crucial opportunity for immediate and rigorous international monitoring to avert further atrocities and a humanitarian catastrophe. The two main warring parties reached an…

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Oil and Natural Gas Will Help Ensure a Just Energy Transition in Kenya

Oil and Natural Gas Will Help Ensure a Just Energy Transition in Kenya

By African Energy Chamber Published October 23, 2021 As Africa continues to navigate its energy transition, many African leaders are responding to calls from the global environmental community to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. In Kenya, where significant new oil discoveries are paving the way forward and electrical connectivity…

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International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency that focuses on agriculture and people in rural areas, calls for greater investment by governments and development partners in sustainable developmen

African Countries Commit to Double Agricultural Productivity

By Abdi Ali Published May 3, 2021 Seventeen African heads of state have pledged to boost agricultural production by doubling current productivity levels through the scaling up of agro-technologies, investing in access to markets, and promoting agricultural research and development. Though one-quarter of the world’s arable land is said to…

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On March 17, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has since been sworn in as President on March 19, said in a public address that Magufuli had died of a heart attack at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

President’s Death Opportunity to Reverse Downward Human Rights Trajectory

By Human Rights Watch Press Published March 19, 2021 Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli Joseph, whose death was confirmed on March 17, 2021, leaves a legacy of repression and serious human rights abuses. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the death of the late President provides an opportunity for the new…

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The Rural Poor Stimulus Facility was launched in April 2020 by Idris and Sabrina Elba, IFAD’s Goodwill Ambassadors.

United Nations Focuses on Averting COVID-19 Food Crisis

By Irene Gaitirira Published December 17, 2020 While one in ten people is expected to go hungry as extreme poverty rises for the first time in 20 years, United Nations estimates that an additional 132 million people shall go hungry in 2020 due to the  impact of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.…

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