FAO and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa sign MoU to advance African agriculture

AFRICA – The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) have signed a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration to promote agricultural infrastructure development and skills training for women and youth. The agreement would also advance climate-smart agriculture in Africa. FAO Director-General Dr. Qu Dongyu and BADEA Director-General Sidi Ould Tah signed the agreement on 29 April in a virtual ceremony during a high-level dialogue organized by the African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, in partnership…

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AfDB, FAO and South Sudan ink protocols for US$14m grant to boost agricultural markets

SOUTH SUDAN – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed protocols to disburse a US$14 million grant to the Government of South Sudan to boost agricultural markets in a project to be implemented by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Agricultural Markets, Value Addition and Trade Development (AMVAT) project aims to enhance agricultural productivity and boost the marketing and trade of agricultural products in South Sudan. The project will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in close liaison with the country’s…

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IFAD, RBAs, FAO, WFP join forces to revitalize economic activities in the SAHEL region

SAHEL – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is joining with the other Rome-based UN agencies (RBAs), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as the G5 Sahel and the Green Climate Fund to revitalize economic activities and food systems in the Group of Five Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) and in the Republic of Senegal. These efforts will strengthen the resilience of rural communities impacted by conflict, climate change and the current Covid-19…

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FAO, OIE kickstart initiative to combat spread of African swine fever

AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are calling on all nations and partners to join forces to keep the deadly Africa Swine Flu (ASF), disease at bay under a new initiative. The Global Control of ASF Initiative, launched under the GF-TADs umbrella, supports actors at every level to coordinate and strengthen control measures to minimise the impact of this complex and challenging disease. Bringing together governments, industry and specialists, FAO and OIE will present the initiative…

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Export Trading Group secures US$400m from Afreximbank to drive agricultural productivity in Africa

AFRICA – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved a US$400M global credit facility agreement for the Export Trading Group (ETG), an integrated agricultural conglomerate in Africa. The agreement will allow ETG to continue to play its vital role in the agri-foods supply chain, effectively connecting African farmers to markets as well as expanding access to critical inputs to boost agricultural productivity in a continent with tremendous but unrealised potential. According to estimates by Afreximbank, in 2019 Africa spent more than US$90B on food imports despite having up to 60%…

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The Gambia inaugurates fish feed mills and aquaculture facility funded by FAO

THE GAMBIA – The government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, has inaugurated fish feed mills and aquaculture facility worth US$442,000 funded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The project under the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) on ‘Support to Enhancing the Capacity of Youth and Women for Employment in Aquaculture’ is aimed to create new jobs, generate revenue and foreign exchange in the country, reports The Point. According to James F.P. Gomez, Minister for Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, the…

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European Union injects additional US$16.9m supporting FAO fight the desert locust upsurge

EAST AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has received an additional €15 million (US$16.9m) from the European Union to fight Desert Locusts upsurge and their impacts on food security in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region. The funds came via the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (EU DEVCO) and it is an addition from the previous contribution of €11 million (US$12.4m) made in February. “I want to thank the European Union for its generous contribution and sustained support,” The…

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FAO partners Rabobank to build sustainable food system with pilot projects in Kenya and India

AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed a new partnership agreement with Rabobank, a Dutch cooperative bank, to help targeted rural communities in creating more sustainable food systems through a series of projects. The partnership will also explore the use of innovative financial instruments to bridge financing gaps in emerging markets and to promote sustainability in food systems investments. The projects will aim to lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve land and water use, and empower smallholder farmers to reduce food losses and address climate…

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Norway and Netherlands inject US$2.5m into Moroccan aquaculture project

MOROCCO – The Netherlands and Norway have contributed US$2.5 million to the Moroccan aquaculture project aimed to promote the country’s fish farming industry. Norway’s financial contribution to the project amounted to US$1.65 million, while the Netherlands injected US$0.85 million. The UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) also supports the initiative, which is a joint effort of the Moroccan Fisheries Department and the National Aquaculture Development Agency. The funds will go towards installing a training station for fish and shellfish production in the southern province of Sidi Ifni. The project targets to…

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FAO receives additional US$30.9m to fight desert locust outbreak

EAST AFRICA – FAO Director-General QU Dongyu welcomed an €11 million (US$12.1m) contribution from the European Union and €17 million (US$18.8m) contribution from Germany as the UN agency steps up efforts to fight the Desert Locust upsurge which has now spread from East Africa to the Persian Gulf. Germany’s Permanent Representative to FAO, Ulrich Seidenberger, made the announcement at FAO headquarters in Rome. The new pledge comes after Germany already contributed €3 million (US$3.3m). The European Commission announced €10 million (US$11m) would come from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International…

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