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  • Mozambique: Micro-financial sector registers steady growth

    16 March 2007, source: Mozambique Business - Daily Investor Intelligence

    Maputo:  Another micro-bank was last week inaugurated in the southern agricultural district of Moamba. The bank, Microbanco Malanga, belongs to national private entities and is financed by the Rural Finance Support Programme, an institution created by the government to respond to the needs of the rural population...
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  • South Africa: Joint venture to stimulate successful land reform

    16 March 2007, source: Business Day
    URL: http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/national.aspx?ID=BD4A411682

    An Mpumalanga community and a Hazyview tourism business are pioneering a new approach to agrarian reform that could rescue government’s flagging efforts to establish economically viable post-restitution settlements in rural SA. While the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights has successfully transferred about 90% of land claimed by blacks dispossessed under white rule, the process has been marred by commercial failure after the land has been handed over...
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  • Warming may cause food,water shortages: UN report

    16 March 2007, source: Reuters/Scientific American
    URL: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=A728F25DD7E2FD0C61730A517CB5659E

    OSLO:  Global warming could cause severe food and water shortages for millions of people by 2100 and trigger a melt of polar ice that could keep ocean levels rising for centuries, a draft U.N. report shows. It said the poor were most at risk, for instance in sub-Saharan Africa and around deltas of major rivers in Asia...
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  • Minister wants 'concrete results' from Proagri-II

    16 March 2007, source: AIM
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200703140886.html

    Maputo:  The Mozambican government expects from the National Agricultural Development Programme (PROAGRI), now in its second phase, concrete results expressed in an increase in production and productivity to guarantee food security and combat absolute poverty. According to Agriculture Minister Erasmo Muhate, speaking in Maputo on Wednesday at the start of a technical meeting on PROAGRI implementation, Phase II of this programme should play a key role in diversifying crops so as to ensure food security...
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  • Biofuels: blessing or burden?

    15 March 2007, source: The Weekender

    Johannesburg:  As alternative energy fever grips the world,  government is pinning its hopes on the biofuels industry to create jobs and help South Africa  graduate to cleaner fuels.It has fast-tracked a biofuels sector strategy, one of only two such strategies approved by the cabinet and a tax incentive to help the industry off to a quick start has been mooted in a report on windfall taxes for the synfuels industry...
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  • UN urges African countries to promote access to land by its citizenry

    15 March 2007, source: Xinhua
    URL: http://english.people.com.cn/200703/14/eng20070314_357260.html

    Lusaka:  The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Tuesday called on African countries to promote access to land by its citizenry so as to spur economic development on the continent. UNECA southern Africa director Jennifer Kargbo said in Lusaka that land is a vital tool for economic development for most Africa countries that are predominantly agricultural...
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  • Continent needs seven percent growth rate to achieve MDGs

    15 March 2007, source: The Ethiopian Herald
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200703130592.html

    Addis Ababa:    Africa, which has exceeded five per cent economic growth for the past three years, needs to reach a seven per cent growth rate to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, Prof. Firmino Mucavele, Executive Secretary of New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Secretariat said yesterday...
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  • Uganda: Over 9m people at risk getting sleeping sickness-scientists

    15 March 2007, source: Somalinet
    URL: http://somalinet.com/news/world/East%20Africa/8458

    The world Health Organisation (WHO) has said more than nine million people are at a risk of contracting the disease in Uganda and only 20% can have access to diagnosis. This was during a meeting organized by the Ugandan ministries of health and agriculture, together with British communication company WREN media...
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  • SA-China trade link backed by minister

    15 March 2007, source: The Herald
    URL: http://www.theherald.co.za/herald/news/n17_13032007.htm

    Port Elizabeth: Foreign Affairs minister Nkosazana DlaminiZuma has dismissed suggestions that China‘s involvement in Africa is “another form of colonialism”.  The minister said China‘s increased engagement with the continent “presents an opportunity for a valuable contribution to Africa‘s growth and development”...
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  • Rwanda: Mayange Millennium Village

    14 March 2007, source: The New Times
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200703120775.html

    Kigali:   The eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted six years ago, and according to timelines, come 2015, that is exactly eight years from now; all the least developing countries (LDCs) in the world will be gauged on them. MDGs are world's time-bound and action quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty, disease and illiteracy in many dimensions...
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  • Germany to partner Africa on energy supply

    14 March 2007, source: Graphic Ghana
    URL: http://www.graphicghana.info/article.asp?artid=15884

    The German Development Minister, Ms Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, has stated that Europe will carve a comprehensive, long-term energy partnership with Africa which will benefit both parties.Speaking at the end of the Africa-Europe Energy Forum in Berlin, she said "the aim must be to improve the climate for investment, to increase the amount invested in energy and to bring transparency to oil and gas revenues...
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  • Namibia: N$5.2 billion needed for bush clearing

    14 March 2007, source: The Namibian
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200703120620.html

    Windhoek: ABOUT 26 million hectares of land in Namibia is not usable for farming because it is covered with invader bush, and embarking on large-scale bush-clearing projects would require a major investment of about N$5,2 billion, Agriculture Minister Nickey Iyambo has disclosed. He was responding to questions from DTA politician McHenry Venaani in Parliament recently...
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  • Zambia: Time's now to go back to the land

    14 March 2007, source: The Times of Zambia
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200703120598.html

    Lusaka:  Many people in Zambia have been refusing to go and settle in their villages after their retirement from formal employment in urban areas. Others, who have failed to find employment in the city, have also remained in the urban areas even when their stay cannot come anywhere near a decent life...
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  • Biofuels: Whole lot going on in Africa courtesy of Brazil

    14 March 2007, source: Brazzil Mag
    URL: http://www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/8020/54/

    Last December Morocco became the first Arab country in North Africa to establish a partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) office in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Two weeks ago, the coordinator of Embrapa Africa, Cláudio Bragantini, visited Hasan II Academy, a federal university in Morocco that has a research institute in the agricultural area...
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  • MDGs - African countries are behind the milestones

    13 March 2007, source: The Vanguard
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200703110272.html

    Lagos:   Dr. Kanayo Felix Nwanze has put in over 30 years of distinguished career in international agricultural development. After ten years tenure as Director-General of West African Rice Development Association (WARDA), he has been appointed Vice President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)...
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