Customer News

Customer News

Our customers news feeds are setup alphabetically, click on their name to be directed to the news feed located on this page.

AATF

AfricaRice

AGRA

Aids Healthcare Foundation

A New America

APIN

ASARECA

Asia Foundation

Bioversity International

CIAT

CIFOR

Crop Trust

DAI

FAO

FARA

FINCA

Gates Foundation

Hewlett Foundation

ICARDA

ICRISAT

IFPRI

IITA

ILRI

IUCN

Kellogg Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Access Group

The Rockefeller Foundation

WFP

World Agroforestry Centre



AATF

  • AATF to Mark International Women’s Day
    by pwerehire on March 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Left: We are happy at AATF – says the women workforce at AATF   This week the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) marks the International Women’s Day to celebrate women and challenge stereotypes in the society. To commemorate the day, marked globally on 8 March, AATF will have speeches from staff led by women professionals at the Foundation’s head offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Language Englis […]

  • Burkina Faso farmers still yearn for Bt Cotton
    by pwerehire on September 4, 2017 at 6:33 am

    By Suleiman Okoth Left: Mr Francois Traore (Centre) former president of Union of Cotton Producers (UNPC) in Burkina Faso with Dr Edgar Traore (Left), OFAB Burkina Faso – coordinator and Daniel Otunge (Right), Program Manager – OFAB Africa. In my journey to understand the intricacies of Bt Cotton in Burkina Faso, I had the rare opportunity to interview Mr Francois Traore through a translator in his modest residence about 10 kilometres from Burkina Faso capital, Ougoudougou. Language Englis […]

  • Mozambique harvests first genetically modified maize – Chókwè
    by pwerehire on August 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Mozambique harvested its first genetically modified maize on 14 August 2017 on an experimental plot at the Institute for Agrarian Research’s Chókwè agrarian station in the southern province of Gaza. Language Englis […]

  • The Kenya March 4 Science (#March4ScienceKE)
    by pwerehire on April 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Join us for March for Science on Saturday, 22 April 2017, from 9am to 12noon to commemorate the World Earth Day and march in support of science. In Kenya, the March will be held concurrently in Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Kakamega. The Kenya March for Science Language Englis […]

  • Uganda's Minister for Science and Technology visits AATF
    by pwerehire on March 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The Ugandan Minister for Science and Technology, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye (right), visited AATF on Monday, 6 March, for discussions with management on the Foundation’s mandate.  The delegation was briefed on AATF mission, vision and mandate by the AATF Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Elhadj Adam Moussa. The delegation was also given an overview of AATF projects by Dr Emanuel Okogbenin, the Technical Director. Accompanying the Minister were Dr. Peter Ndemere, Executive Secretary UNCST, Hon. Eng. Language Englis […]



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AfricaRice

AfricaRice News releases AfricaRice is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice covers 24 member countries across Africa. AfricaRice is a member of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers.



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Aids Healthcare Foundation

AHF AHF • Cutting Edge Medicine

  • Women’s Rights Advocates Call on UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to Restore Credibility to UNAIDS
    by Rachel Mills on June 21, 2018 at 12:09 am

    “UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé is putting himself above the mission of ending AIDS by running a costly PR campaign to keep his post despite calls for him to step ... The post Women’s Rights Advocates Call on UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to Restore Credibility to UNAIDS appeared first on AHF. […]

  • New Study in Lancet HIV Journal Ties PrEP to Drop in Condom Use
    by Rachel Mills on June 14, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Research study of gay and bisexual men done in Australia (2013-2017) concluded: “A rapid increase in PrEP use by gay and bisexual men in Melbourne and Sydney was accompanied by ... The post New Study in Lancet HIV Journal Ties PrEP to Drop in Condom Use appeared first on AHF. […]

  • Integrity and Leadership Change at UNAIDS
    by Fiona Ip on June 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Today, AIDS Healthcare Foundation sent an open letter to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte calling on him to appeal to the Secretary-General of the UN and urge ... The post Integrity and Leadership Change at UNAIDS appeared first on AHF. […]

  • Ebola – The AHF Response
    by Fiona Ip on June 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Enveloped by a raging Ebola outbreak in 2014, the AHF clinical program in Sierra Leone remained on duty to continue caring for its patients amid the storm. We invite you ... The post Ebola – The AHF Response appeared first on AHF. […]

  • LOUD: Start of 2018 Hurricane Season Brings Dismaying Memories of Maria to Puerto Rico
    by Rachel Mills on June 11, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Group notes devastating impact on Latinos, the population LOUD serves, and urges continued—and stepped up—response by government, NGOs and others   LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2018) The 2018 hurricane season ... The post LOUD: Start of 2018 Hurricane Season Brings Dismaying Memories of Maria to Puerto Rico appeared first on AHF. […]



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A New America

  • Good News From New Orleans! AnewAmerica is One of the Five Winners of The Renewal Awards!
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on April 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Good News from New Orleans!  AnewAmerica is one of the Five Winners of The Renewal Awards! At the 3rd Annual Renewal Summit on May 27, 2018 in New Orleans, AnewAmerica was recognized as one of the five winners of the Renewal Awards.  The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards recognize local organizations driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country. Now in its 3rd year, the Awards culminate with five winners each receiving a $20,000 grant from Allstate to further their work. Five runners up also receive a $10,000 grant form Allstate. The Renewal Awards seek to illuminate these creative solutions: the local organizations and individuals banding together to confront the biggest challenges facing the country. Allstate is the underwriter of The Renewal Awards.  The Renewal Summit also featured a discussion with the recipients.  For more information, click on the link below.    AnewAmerica would like to thank The Atlantic and Allstate for the award and recognition.  We thank Allstate for the monetary award to help support our work.  We also wish to thank all of our supporters who voted for us and all of our funders, partners, volunteers, team members and friends who make our work possible!     THANK YOU!             CLICK HERE To see the disscussion at the Renewal Summit        &nbs […]

  • Quiere empezar su propio negocio?
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

      ¡ Clases empiezan pronto!El Programa Incubador de Negocios de AnewAmerica incluye: -15 clases de capazitacion de negocios-Asistencia personalizada y apoyo técnico por tres años-Acceso a capital, Incluyendo ahorros combinados y microcreditos de Kiva.Sin costo. ¡Usted sólo necesita tener compromiso personal!Para registrarse, comuniquese con nosotros. ivalerio@anewamerica.org (510)532-5240 […]

  • Want to start your own business?
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

     Register Today! East Bay Classes Start soon! Our business incubation program includes: -15 classes of business planning and basics.- Access to personalized technical assistance for three years.-Access to capital, Including micro-lending.No cost!  ONLY PERSONAL COMMIMENT REQUIRED! SPACE IS LIMITED. For More Information or to register, please contact us:by email: ivalerio@anewamerica.org or by phone: (510)532-5240 […]

  • ¿Así Que Quieres Ser el JEFE?
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

      ¿Así Que Quieres Ser el JEFE?   ¡Descubre lo que se necesita para ser dueño de una empresa! Hay un montón de cosas a considerar antes de dar el salto! ¿Qué tipo de negocio? ¿Cuáles son los desafíos? ¿Cuáles son las recompensas? ¿Es el movimiento correcto?   ¡El conocimiento es la clave del éxito!                                              Llame para mas informacion 408.326.2669 o email jgarcia@anewamerica.org     *Sin Costo hecho posible con el financiamiento de Silicon Valley Community Foundation y del U.S. Small Business Administration.    Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Women’s Business Center programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Also, language assistance services are available. Contact Janet Garcia at 408.326.2669 or at for language requests.      Photo Courtesy of #WOCTech Chat […]

  • So You Want to Be the Boss!
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 10, 2017 at 3:18 am

      So You Want to Be the BOSS?   Find Out What It Takes to Be a Business Owner!! There are a lot of things to consider before you take the leap!  What type of business? What are the challenges? What are the rewards? Is it the right move?  Knowledge is the Key to Success!!   * Made possible through generous funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, and U.S. Small Business Administration.   For Questions Contact us at: 408.326.2669 or at jgarcia@anewamerica.org   Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Women’s Business Center programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Also, language assistance services are available. Contact Janet Garcia at 408.326.2669 or at for language requests.   Photo Courtesy of #WOCTech Chat   &nbs […]



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APIN

APIN Public Health Initiatives Improving Health, Changing Lives.

  • Vacancy: Officer – Grants Administration (Abuja). Closing Date: June 30th, 2018.
    by Web Administrator on June 20, 2018 at 8:09 am

    APIN Public Health Initiatives is a non-governmental donor-funded organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, care and support of diseases of public health importance in Nigeria, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, among others. We are seeking qualified and suitable candidate to assume the following position: Officer – Grants Administration (Abuja) To support the Grants Administration/Compliance department […] The post Vacancy: Officer – Grants Administration (Abuja). Closing Date: June 30th, 2018. appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • JUNE 14: Its World Blood Donor Day
    by Web Administrator on June 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

    JUNE 14: It’s another World Blood Donor Day The theme for 2018  world blood donor day campaign is “Blood Donation is an action of solidarity” with the slogan“Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share Life”. The campaign emphasizes the need to raise wider awareness that blood donation is an altruistic action that benefits all […] The post JUNE 14: Its World Blood Donor Day appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • 13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, 2018
    by Web Administrator on June 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Adherence 2018 (13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence) took place June 8-10, 2018, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, FL, USA. Sponsored by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), this annual series of conferences features the presentation and discussion of HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, as well as current […] The post 13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, 2018 appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • APIN BRAND UNVEILING – Press Statement
    by Web Administrator on March 22, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    APIN Unveils New Corporate Identity, To Expand Scope of Work APIN Public Health Initiatives, has unveiled its new corporate identity in Abuja at an event attended by dignitaries, partners, funders and other health related stakeholders. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Director of the APIN, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, said the operating experience in Nigeria […] The post APIN BRAND UNVEILING – Press Statement appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • APIN BRAND UNVEILING NEWS!!!
    by Web Administrator on March 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    APIN BRAND UNVEILING NEWS A Brief History of APIN APIN Public Health Initiatives began its operations in Nigeria as AIDS Prevention Initiatives in Nigeria in the year 2000, as a project of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2004, the project received additional funding […] The post APIN BRAND UNVEILING NEWS!!! appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]



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ASARECA

  • Regional digital conference takes first step to fast-track ICTs in agriculture
    by admin.content on June 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    The First East African Digital Farmers' Conference and Exhibition,which kicked off on May 29 and ended on May 31, 2018,opened up exciting opportunities for learning, agenda setting and networking. The three-day regional conference,held at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), assembled end-users, service providers, disseminators, regulators, policy formulators, and developers of Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) in the agricultural sector. First of its kind Read more about Regional digital conference takes first step to fast-track ICTs in agricultur […]

  • Eastern and Central Africa researchers fine-tune agriculture transformation project
    by admin.content on May 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

    The Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation Project (ECAATP) stakeholders conducted a regional project Pre-Appraisal Mission from April 4 to 13, 2018 to double-check if all is set to kick-off ECAATP implementation Read more about Eastern and Central Africa researchers fine-tune agriculture transformation project […]

  • ASARECA searching for new Executive Secretary
    by admin.content on April 27, 2018 at 6:24 am

    The Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) has hired a professional recruitment firm, DAMA Consultants Limited, to manage the process of identifying a competent individual to fill the post of Executive Secretary—ASARECA. According DAMA Consultants Limited, the prospective candidates must be nationals of ASARECA member countries namely: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Read more about ASARECA searching for new Executive Secretary […]

  • Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear
    by admin.content on January 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    ASARECA convened a regional consultative workshop to discuss and identify modalities for consortium engagement and value addition to the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation (ECAATP) from January 15-16, 2018, in Entebbe Uganda. Read more about Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear […]

  • ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework
    by admin.content on January 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    ASARECA convened a three-day regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop of all Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Project (ECAATP) member countries to harmonize the Results Framework and Theory of Change for the project. The workshop, which targeted mainly the M&E focal persons and national coordinators, comprehensively reviewed ECAATP indicators, set indicator targets, harmonized tools for baseline studies and developed a comprehensive Project Monitoring Plan (PMP). Read more about ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework […]



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Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation Working for a peaceful, just, and thriving Asia.

  • Peace Caravan held in Marawi for Ramadan
    by Mordecai Stayton on June 21, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    June 21, 2018 — The Manila Bulletin reports on a Peace Caravan in Marawi in the Southern Philippines. Members of The Asia Foundation volunteered in the “Duyon Ramahdan, Alang sa Kalilnaw” in Marawi City. The 10-day event, which was held from June 6th to the 15th, was organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). The Asia Foundation has been an established partner working towards peace and stability in the country, supporting local and national peace initiatives in Mindanao and The Philippines. International organizations and Civil Society Organizations participated in the Peace Caravan in Marawi City. Volunteers from The Asia Foundation and United Youth Peace and Development helped OPAPP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines distribute sacks of rice. The groups gave assurance that their participation does not end with the closing of Duyog Ramadhan on June 15. “We will be working with the government to provide long-term development for Marawi,” said Winston Camarinas, UNDP emergency response coordinator. Camarinas said he also sees the form of assistance to transition from humanitarian to development in a short period of time. The post Peace Caravan held in Marawi for Ramadan appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • By the Numbers: Freedom of Expression and Voter Turnout in Afghan Elections
    by John Rieger on June 21, 2018 at 1:07 am

    The success of democratic governance in Afghanistan is threatened by Afghans’ declining sense of personal safety, particularly when expressing opinions in public. Because there is a direct link between perceived safety, willingness to speak freely in public, and the decision to vote, the government must find ways to address this insecurity for democratic elections and representative government to succeed in Afghanistan. The post By the Numbers: Freedom of Expression and Voter Turnout in Afghan Elections appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • Pakistan’s Water: A Political-Economy Perspective
    by John Rieger on June 21, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Pakistan receives average rainfall of not more than 250mm per year, making it one of the most arid and most water-stressed countries on the planet. A 2016 WaterAid report estimates Pakistan’s annual water availability at 1,017 cubic meters per person, compared to 5,000 cubic meters per person in 1950. If current trends continue, the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources warns, Pakistan will find itself at absolute water scarcity by 2025. The post Pakistan’s Water: A Political-Economy Perspective appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • Seven Takeaways on Asian Approaches to Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
    by John Rieger on June 21, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Despite rapid economic growth, conflict has persisted in many parts of Asia. Peacebuilding efforts have often focused on the role that Western nations or multilateral bodies can play in supporting statebuilding to build peace. South-South cooperation emphasizes supporting peacebuilding efforts in partner countries by drawing on a country’s own relevant experience. The post Seven Takeaways on Asian Approaches to Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • Developing a Moral Compass by Understanding the Human Condition and Appreciating Differing Perspectives: Asia Foundation Trustee Tim Kochis
    by John Rieger on June 21, 2018 at 1:03 am

    In his wide-ranging career, Asia Foundation Trustee Tim Kochis has been a nationally prominent wealth manager and strategic consultant, a six-time author, a philanthropist, and an educator. At U.C. Berkeley, where he cofounded the university’s personal financial planning program, an annual teaching-excellence award bears his name. His board memberships include the University of San Francisco, the Charles Schwab Investment Management Company, The 1990 Institute, and The Asia Foundation.  The first in his family, along with four siblings, to go to college, Kochis this year was honored as a distinguished alumnus by his alma mater, Marquette University. As reported in A & S Marquette, the magazine of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Kochis used the award ceremony to issue a “rallying cry for the liberal arts”: An education in the liberal arts is all about developing a moral compass through a strong understanding of the human condition and acceptance of ambiguity and an appreciation for differing perspectives. The measure of success in the humanities is an awareness of the unavoidable uncertainty in human affairs and developing a sense of values that permits us to navigate our way through uncertainty. Kochis says the most powerful reward of his life’s work has been the interpersonal connections forged with clients. “For that, a humanities education is hugely relevant. It helps you to accept and even relish the nuances of individual decision-making, as well as the ambiguities that are always present in human affairs.” A native of south suburban Chicago, Kochis engaged broadly in the humanities, majoring in philosophy and sociology and minoring in political science and psychology. He entered law school at the University of Michigan in fall 1968 but was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent two years, including a brief deployment in Vietnam, before returning to complete his law degree. This month, InAsia invited him to share a few more of his thoughts on education, business, and philanthropy: Marquette’s magazine called your distinguished alumnus address a “rallying cry for the liberal arts.” Do you think the liberal arts are in need of rallying just now?  Yes, the heavy... Read more The post Developing a Moral Compass by Understanding the Human Condition and Appreciating Differing Perspectives: Asia Foundation Trustee Tim Kochis appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]



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Bioversity International

  • Busia, first county in Kenya to endorse a Biodiversity Conservation Policy
    on May 28, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Busia has become the first of Kenya’s 47 counties to endorse a Biodiversity Conservation Policy. Emphasizing the economic and nutritional potential of underutilized crops, this policy represents the culmination of Bioversity International’s efforts bringing together farmers, public stakeholders, researchers, and government representatives to promote increased production and consumption of indigenous species. […]

  • Disrupting agricultural and tree biodiversity science – a review of Bioversity International’s 2017
    on May 22, 2018 at 9:45 am

    On the International Day of Biological Diversity, which in 2018 marks 25 years of action for biodiversity, our Director General, Ann Tutwiler is proud to launch Bioversity International’s 2017 Annual Report, which celebrates our science, our partners and how agrobiodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. […]

  • Testing farmers evolutionary plant breeding strategies for coping with climate change
    on May 22, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Bioversity International and IFAD are pleased to announce an IFAD grant of $3.5 million and national co-funding of $2.1 million, on the use of genetic diversity and evolutionary plant breeding for enhanced farmer resilience to climate change, sustainable crop productivity and nutrition under rainfed conditions in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. […]

  • A toast to cocoa diversity
    on May 22, 2018 at 8:20 am

    In celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity, we invited Richard Scobey, President of the World Cocoa Foundation, a Bioversity International partner, to share his thoughts on the challenges facing the cocoa value chain, from cocoa producers to consumers, and explain how the private sector can support the use of greater cocoa diversity to help meet those challenges. […]

  • Shaking up markets and narratives for increased consumption of nutritious fonio and Bambara groundnut
    on May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Effective value chains can increase the presence of a crop in markets and enable farmers to earn reliable incomes, which encourages continued production and supply. Gaia Lochetti, Research Fellow, 'Healthy diets from Sustainable Food Systems' research initiative, reports from Mali where she took part in stakeholder meetings about increasing the supply and demand for fonio and Bambara groundnut. […]



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CIAT

CIAT The International Center for Tropical Agriculture is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger while protecting natural resources in developing countries.



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CIFOR

Center for International Forestry Research Center for International Forestry Research



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Crop Trust

Crop Trust Securing our food, forever.

  • Representatives of CWR Project visit Embrapa Temperate Agriculture
    by Cierra Martin on June 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Last Monday, a Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project delegation visited Embrapa Temperate Agriculture (Pelotas, RS) to learn more about the work of rescuing wild potato relatives – one of the branches […] The post Representatives of CWR Project visit Embrapa Temperate Agriculture appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • Forward and Upward: Spirit of our GOAL Workshop in Latin America
    by Cierra Martin on June 11, 2018 at 10:34 am

    When you hear the word ‘quality’ what comes to mind? This was the question posed by Janny van Beem, the Crop Trust’s Quality Management Specialist, at our most recent Genebank […] The post Forward and Upward: Spirit of our GOAL Workshop in Latin America appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • An Interview with the “Godfather” of Wild Potato Relatives
    by Cierra Martin on June 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    On World Environment Day, we interview Alberto Salas, the “godfather” of wild potato relatives Alberto Salas has dedicated his life to the search for wild potatoes, crisscrossing most of the […] The post An Interview with the “Godfather” of Wild Potato Relatives appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • Cui bono genebanks?
    by Michael Major on May 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Luigi Guarino | Director of Science and Programs Today sees the launch of the latest Access to Nutrition Index (ANI). It’s an independent, science-based ranking of food and beverage companies […] The post Cui bono genebanks? appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • Helping Data Leave Home
    by Michael Major on March 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Luigi Guarino | Director of Science and Programs The relationship between scientists and their data can be a lot like that between overprotective parents and their children. You know you’ll have to let them go eventually, but it’s a […] The post Helping Data Leave Home appeared first on Crop Trust. […]



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DAI

DAI DAI News RSS Feed

  • DAI Health Expert Named Finalist in Global Challenge
    on June 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    DAI Global Health’s Dr. Fatima Adamu has been named a finalist in the “Challenging Norms, Powering Economies” Challenge, an initiative of Ashoka, Open Society Foundation, and UN Women. The Challenge “seeks to connect women changemakers who are collaborating with unlikely partners—across businesses, governments, and many other sectors—while supporting their organizations’ efforts to promote gender equality and economic empowerment. Adamu, a sociologist by training, has expertise in gender, poverty, and equity issues in northern Nigeria. She currently works on the Women for Health (W4H) programme, funded by the U.K. Department for International Development. She was one of 12 finalists—chosen from more than 150 entries—named by Ashoka. She will attend a Finalists Exchange event June 20 to 22 in Johannesburg, South Africa, ahead of the Impact!Africa Summit, to prepare a session for the summit. The summit is a gathering of social entrepreneurs from across the continent. Attendees come from sectors such as policy, social investment, business and education. At that event, the 12 finalists will participate in a “collaborative engagement to improve ideas to apply for prizes.&rdquo […]

  • DAI Experts to Present on Climate Resilience at Conference in Guatemala
    on June 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    DAI has developed a panel for the upcoming Cracking the Nut conference in Antigua, Guatemala, on June 12 and 13. DAI’s panel is about user-centered design for climate resilience and includes the following experts: DAI’s Rob Ryan-Silva and Jonathan Randall, MateoTech’s Norman Avila, and Anacafé’s Mario Choocoj. Cracking the Nut is a two-day conference that highlights the broad range of technologies and approaches available to mitigate and adapt to changes in rural and agricultural development. The event brings together about 300 thought leaders from the private sector, financial world, donor organizations, and the development community to discuss the “tough nuts” related to promoting agriculture technology adoption and resilience. Presenters on the DAI panel will discuss how their initiatives connect people to products with an in-depth look at how climate-resilient agriculture tools benefit from user-centered design. The presenters will highlight the unique measures they needed to follow to create user-centered tools, including custom features, innovations, and aesthetics. The panelists will share lessons learned while developing tools designed to maximize uptake by target populations with the intention of becoming mainstreamed into relevant production and conservation decisions. Case studies include: How the DAI Maker Lab developed digitally controlled devices that communicate with sensors and control agriculture applications in Indonesia. How MeteoTech created a mobile application that generates automatic alerts about change in weather forecasts for agriculture decisions. How the Guatemalan National Coffee Association, Anacafé, collaborated to make the Coffee Cloud tool, an application that connects coffee institutes and producers in the region with regional climate information and that allows them to provide data on the status of their plantations to make informed decisions in the management of crops. How DAI developed the FarmCAAT Tool, which provides not just extractive analysis but tailored information products on climate effects for farmers and regional climate-smart agriculture practices. The presentation will show how its design is based on field inputs and testing. These examples will show how even nonspecialists can design sophisticated digital applications and mechanical hardware based on user needs. Software and hardware can be built without needing access to major industrial infrastructure and produced in ways that are affordable for small target user populations. “These advances can radically shift how we apply digital applications and hardware to problems in developing countries,” said Randall, DAI’s climate change specialist. Participants will have the chance to engage with the technologies and ask questions as they rotate around four user experience stations. Follow the panel and the conference on Twitter at #CrkNut18. […]

  • USAID Project Named Finalist for Global Financial Inclusion Award
    on June 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Child & Youth Finance International and Argentina’s G20 Presidency have named USAID/Ukraine and the Ukraine Financial Sector Transformation (FST) project a finalist for an Economic Citizenship Award in the G-20 Global Inclusion Awards 2018. Winners will be announced in July at the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “FST has elevated financial awareness and inclusion to a new level in Ukraine,” said Chief of Party Robert Bond. “Our work on consumer lending rights, consumer protection, and personal finance with committed partners such as the National Bank of Ukraine is making a practical difference in the financial culture of Ukraine. It is great to have this recognition of our joint efforts to broaden participation in Ukraine’s financial system.” The Global Inclusion Awards honor initiatives that further the economic citizenship of children and youth. There are five other categories of awards besides Economic Citizenship: Outstanding Youth Economic Citizenship Award, Global Youth Entrepreneur Award, CYFI Country Award, Global Money Week Award, and Youth Entrepreneurship Country Pioneer Award. FST and its partners—the National Bank of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education, Banking University, and the Deposit Guarantee Fund—were recognized among candidates from 150 other countries for demonstrating innovation in financial, social, and livelihoods education, financial inclusion, and entrepreneurial support for children and youth. Last year, Ukraine was shortlisted as a finalist for the Global Money Week Award, acknowledging the accomplishments of the National Bank of Ukraine/FST project team in implementing Global Money Week 2017 educational activities. FST is a U.S. Agency for International Development program designed to reform the financial sector and increase access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises. One dimension of this process is transforming the financial ecosystem through financial literacy and education programs targeted at youth and vulnerable groups such as pensioners, displaced people, and women. The FST project supported and expanded the financial literacy course that is now currently taught in more than 1,000 schools nationwide to 41,000 students and conducted a Financial Awareness Days event for 10,000 people, among other activities. […]

  • DAI to Host Online Panel on Energy Access
    on June 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Universal electricity access requires an investment of $52 billion per year. In many parts of the world electrification is most realistically and efficiently provided with mini-grids. This money will need to come from the private sector as it swamps donors and governments’ resources. But investors will not invest unless they see return. Join DAI on June 14 at 10 a.m. EST for an online discussion about what is necessary for successful mini-electricity grid business models. Register here for the streamed panel. Facilitator Gwendolyn Andersen, DAI Gwen is a Principal Clean Energy Practice Specialist for DAI. She has managed renewable energy projects, designed new institutional means of sustainable rural electrification, developed guidelines for retrofitting diesel gensets with renewable energy technologies, and taught policy, finance, and institutional aspects of renewable energy. DAI develops clean energy solutions that meet local power needs, have community buy-in, and bring co-benefits that lead to responsible, sustainable economic development. Panelists Dr. Peter Lilienthal, HOMER, CEO Peter is the CEO of HOMER Energy. Since 1993, he has been the developer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HOMER hybrid power optimization software, which has been used by more than 190,000 energy practitioners in 193 countries. NREL has licensed HOMER Energy to be the sole worldwide commercialization licensee to distribute and enhance the HOMER model. Peter was the Senior Economist with International Programs at NREL from 1990 to 2007. He was the lead analyst and one of the creators of NREL’s Village Power Programs. He has been active in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1978.His expertise is in the economic and financial analysis of renewable and micro-grid projects. Dr. Pepukaye Bardouille, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Senior Operations Officer Pep is a Senior Energy Specialist with the IFC, where she leads projects related to energy access, focusing on developing and helping to scale up innovative, commercially viable business models to extend electricity to the base of the pyramid. Based in Johannesburg, Pep’s current focus is mini-grid market development in Tanzania, Zambia, and Togo. She has contributed several forward-thinking pieces on energy access, including “From Gap to Opportunity: Business Models for Scaling Up Energy Access”; “How a New Breed of Distributed Energy Services Companies can reach 500mm Energy-poor Customers within a Decade”; and “Strange Beasts: Making Sense of PAYG Solar Business Models.” Gabriel Davies, CrossBoundary, Head of Energy Access Gabriel leads CrossBoundary’s energy access work. Based in Nairobi, he is currently standing-up and managing two initiatives focused on mini-grids: 1) a Mini-Grid Innovation Lab for Africa, a dedicated research and development fund for testing business model prototypes on mini-grids, and 2) a project financing facility for mini-grids in Africa. Gabriel has written about the off-grid sector in Africa for the Financial Times, This is Africa, the Brookings Institution, Quartz, and Greentech Media. […]

  • DAI to Present at European Development Days 2018
    on May 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    DAI is pleased to take part in two panel discussions at European Development Days on June 5 and 6 in Brussels. Now in its 12th year, European Development Days is Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development, bringing together international development professionals, world leaders, and key opinion makers. The event is hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and is expected to attract more than 8,000 participants from 140 countries and 1,200 organisations. With this year’s theme of #SheisWe, the event will focus on gender equality and the empowerment and engagement of women and girls in sustainable development. Yolanda Gibb, Director of the Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum and Associate at WISE Development­, will represent DAI at a panel on gender-responsive budgeting. She will focus on gender-responsive budgeting as an instrument for change and the need to integrate this approach into the policy-making process. Yolanda will discuss DAI’s work on a gender-responsive budgeting manual produced for the Jordan Fiscal Reform project and a toolkit on fostering a gender-sensitive investment climate developed for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Tajikistan. She will also highlight other DAI-led projects that promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality, including a land reform project in Malawi, the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine, and the EU’s Trade and Private Sector Development (TPSD) Facility. The panel will take place on June 6. As part of our work for the TPSD Facility, DAI produced a video that will be featured during the panel “Towards a Sustainable Garment Sector: Ethical is fabulous” on June 5. With 150 million people working in the garment industry globally, the video discusses how the EU’s External Investment Plan (EIP) works to benefit local entrepreneurs in garment value chains by attracting new investments and promoting a conducive investment climate in sub-Saharan Africa and EU Neighbourhood countries. The video and the panel discussion will touch on how the EIP ensures that investments adhere to social and environmental standards and the EU’s efforts to improve the transparency and sustainability of value chains, including garment production. Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General of DEVCO and Head of the EIP Secretariat, will introduce the video. It is the first in a series of “EIP Stories” that will explain the EU’s plan to catalyse private-sector investment in partner countries. To learn more about the event, visit www.eudevdays.eu or follow @EuropeAid, #EDD18, #SheisWe, and #ShEDDs on Twitter. DAI will live tweet our panels from @DAIGlobal. […]



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  • BrightLife Introduces Products for Income Generation
    by Denis Okello on June 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    FINCA’s BrightLife is launching new and innovative products in 2018 to accelerate progress in off-grid energy and help customers increase opportunities to earn an income. The post BrightLife Introduces Products for Income Generation appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • The Unbanked Challenge: Unsafe
    by Reena Vadehra on June 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    What does it mean to be unbanked? Only a fifth of the developing world utilize financial institutions to keep their money safe. The post The Unbanked Challenge: Unsafe appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • How FINCA Empowers Women in Haiti
    by Reena Vadehra on June 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    On a recent FINCA Talks, Jacquie Green, Board Member of FINCA Canada, and Leah Miller, Manager of Donor Engagement, discuss FINCA’s efforts to increase economic equality for women in Haiti. The post How FINCA Empowers Women in Haiti appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • Case Study: Digicel Mobile Money (MonCash), Haiti
    by Denis Okello on June 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    This case study by CGAP explains the recent surge in mobile money uptake in Haiti, featuring Digicel, a FINCA partner. It emphasizes a customer-centric business model for success. The post Case Study: Digicel Mobile Money (MonCash), Haiti appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • African Women Are Succeeding in Business, but Sexism Holds Them Back
    by Rupert Scofield on June 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    African women are rising above unfavorable life circumstances to create businesses that will drive growth throughout the continent. But, institutional and cultural sexism continues to curtail their potential. The post African Women Are Succeeding in Business, but Sexism Holds Them Back appeared first on FINCA International. […]



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  • Tying grant practices to our foundation’s values
    by Kate Payne on June 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    How does a foundation whose charitable mission spans different problems, issue areas, and geographies build a common philosophy to its grantmaking? For the Hewlett Foundation, one part of the answer is in our grant practices – that is, the methods and activities through which grants are executed. These practices include, but are not limited to, ... The post Tying grant practices to our foundation’s values appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • The importance of building strong, healthy nonprofits: Q&A with Jennifer Wei
    by Kate Payne on June 19, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    How can funders best support nonprofits in becoming high-performing organizations? That’s a question that preoccupies Jennifer Wei, the Hewlett Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Officer. She helps our programs build and support sustainable, high-performing grantees that are successful in achieving their goals. Through the OE program, she advises all of the foundation’s program staff and helps ... The post The importance of building strong, healthy nonprofits: Q&A with Jennifer Wei appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • Q&A with Marina Kaljurand on the future of cyberspace
    by Kate Payne on June 14, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Marina Kaljurand chairs the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), a group of experts from around the world working on issues related to international cybersecurity. During a long diplomatic career in her native Estonia, she served as the country’s ambassador to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Israel, and finally as ... The post Q&A with Marina Kaljurand on the future of cyberspace appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • Part five: Embedding equity
    by Kate Payne on June 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    This is the final installation in a series by Hewlett Environment Program Officer Erin Rogers about what charitable philanthropists and nonprofits are learning about ways to convert widespread public support for clean energy and other climate solutions into policy action that can ensure a safer climate for all. Looking at – and beyond – Hewlett’s ... The post Part five: Embedding equity appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • Part four: The heart-mind connection
    by Liz Judge on June 6, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    This is the fourth in a five-part series by Hewlett Environment Program Officer Erin Rogers about what charitable philanthropists and nonprofits are learning about ways to convert widespread public support for clean energy and other climate solutions into policy action that can ensure a safer climate for all. Looking at – and beyond – Hewlett’s own ... The post Part four: The heart-mind connection appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]



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    • Innovation Platforms in Mali set up to sustain impact of Africa RISING project
      by mfareed on June 19, 2018 at 10:17 am

      The project – Africa RISING’s large-scale Diffusion of Technologies for Sorghum and Millet Systems (ARDT-SMS) – was initiated in partnership with the Institute of Rural Economy (IER). It focused on large-scale dissemination of sorghum and millet technologies in Mali, to enhance production, productivity and profitability. A consortium of multi-stakeholder institutions came together to strengthen the... Read Mor […]

    • Public-Private Partnership in agriculture to improve food security and farmer livelihoods
      by mfareed on June 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

      The significance of public-private partnership in increasing agricultural productivity and doubling farmers’ income was emphasized at a round table meeting of key stakeholders held at ICRISAT. “An important mechanism to harness scientific expertise, skills, resources and technological innovations in the agricultural production system, emphasis needs to be put on Public Private Partnership (PPP) for both... Read Mor […]

    • Interested in agribusiness? Apply now for this start-up training
      by mfareed on June 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Are you looking to start an agribusiness? Then this is for you. A 20-day Agribusiness Start-up Program will be held at Hyderabad to offer sessions on how to start and manage agribusiness operations. Organized by the Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) of ICRISAT, in association with The Entrepreneur Zone (TEZ), has invited applications for its 2nd batch of trainings. […]

    • Defining India’s Agtech Buzz
      by mfareed on June 8, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Use of digital technology for creating hyperlocal solutions and value-added services for agriculture is no longer just a blip on the radar of startups. It is an area that is fast gaining traction with tech companies, digital entrepreneurs and startups investing money and lining up some of their brightest minds toward expanding their footprints. The Digital India... Read Mor […]

    • Legumes for poverty alleviation, nutrition security and sustainable development
      by mfareed on June 5, 2018 at 10:31 am

      International conference pushes for stronger multidisciplinary research and cross-country collaborations Recommendations to improve farmers’ incomes through sustainable production and marketing of legumes, marked the 7th International Food Legume Research Conference (IFLRC-VII). Held in Marrakech, Morocco, in May, the emphasis was on stronger multidisciplinary research partnerships and enhanced cross-country collaborations to develop and promote improved varieties... Read Mor […]



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    • Delayed Pregnancy, Reduced Open Defecation key factors in Reducing Anemia Among Indian Women
      by saggarwal on June 14, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Jun 14, 2018 Press Release Delayed Pregnancy, Reduced Open Defecation key factors in Reducing Anemia Among Indian Women Washington, D.C.: Reduction of open-defecation in villages, increased age at pregnancy, and women’s education are three key sociodemographic factors in reducing anemia among pregnant women in India, according to a new study from researchers at the […]

    • Russia’s Economic Recovery to Improve Food Security in Eurasia through Trade and Investment
      by dsample on June 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      May 30, 2018 Russian Federation Press Release Russia’s Economic Recovery to Improve Food Security in Eurasia through Trade and Investment May 30, 2018, Washington, D.C.: Economic recovery in Russia supported by the significant upturns in energy and metal prices is positively affecting the prospects for growth, household welfare, and food security in Eurasia, according to the 2018 Globa […]

    • New Study: Status of Child Stunting in India
      by saggarwal on May 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      May 25, 2018 Media Factsheet New Study: Status of Child Stunting in India Stunting prevalence in India is high (38.4%) and varies considerably across districts (from 12.4% to 65.1%) 239 of the 640 districts in India have stunting levels above 40% and 202 have prevalence of 30–40% High‐stunting districts are heavily […]

    • India’s district-focused strategy to reduce childhood stunting must also address women’s wellbeing and poverty reduction, finds new study
      by saggarwal on May 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      May 25, 2018 Press Release India’s district-focused strategy to reduce childhood stunting must also address women’s wellbeing and poverty reduction, finds new study 71% of differences in stunting prevalence between low and high burden districts are explained by a multitude of economic, health, hygiene, and demographic factors Differences in women's low body mass index (19% of the difference), women’s education […]

    • Increased Migration Restrictions May Impact Food Security in Bangladesh
      by sdarby on May 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      May 3, 2018 Press Release Increased Migration Restrictions May Impact Food Security in Bangladesh Increased restrictions on international migration by the primary host countries may exacerbate food insecurity in high-migrant source countries like Bangladesh, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute’s 2018 GFPR. […]



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    • Partenaires improbables: renforcer l'impact de la conservation en faisant équipe avec les «ennemis de la nature»
      by Nicole Bachelard on May 31, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      La nature, où tout est interconnecté, est un brillant exemple de la puissance et de l’intelligence de la collectivité. Afin de remporter des succès et avoir plus d’impact, la communauté de la conservation devrait s'inspirer du monde naturel, dépasser les silos et solliciter de manière proactive même les partenaires les plus improbables, y compris les entreprises et l'industrie - écrit Jon Stryker, fondateur et président de la Fondation Arcus. Les organisations environnementales travaillent ensemble pour protéger les forêts, la faune et la flore dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo. Photo: Rod Waddington / CC2.0 Si nous voulons atteindre notre objectif commun, celui de conserver la nature et vivre de manière durable sur la planète, le mouvement international de la conservation aura besoin d’actions collectives. Bien que nos actions en tant qu'acteurs individuels ou organisations non gouvernementales dans le domaine de la conservation soient importantes, il est probable que nous obtiendrons plus d’impact si nous unissons plus efficacement notre travail et nos ressources à ceux des autres. Par « autres », je ne parle pas seulement des autres conservateurs. Je parle aussi des communautés autochtones, des activistes et même de partenaires industriels potentiels. Nous devons faire preuve de plus de pragmatisme dans le choix de nos co-équipiers. Bien qu'il puisse être inconfortable d'inclure des personnes que nous avons historiquement perçues comme des problèmes ou des obstacles à la résolution du conflit croissant entre les intérêts économiques et la nature, nous devons faire preuve de plus de pragmatisme dans le choix de nos  co-équipiers. J'en suis venu à éprouver de fortes émotions à ce sujet au cours de plus de deux décennies durant lesquelles j'ai consacré du temps et des ressources à la conservation des singes, personnellement et de par mon rôle de Fondateur et Président de la Fondation Arcus. Très souvent, je vois des projets qui opèrent en autarcie - des projets montés par une seule personne ou une seule organisation - et je me demande si la coordination avec des partenaires, même improbables, n’aurait pas pu donner de meilleurs résultats et avoir un plus grand impact. Dans l'ensemble, nous devons constamment nous demander si, en tant que mouvement, nous utilisons trop peu de ressources, nous ratons des opportunités en omettant d’inclure un partenaire qui aurait pu apporter un autre point de vue, si nous dupliquons les efforts ou même si entravons le succès d'autres projets de valeur. Les obstacles auxquels nous sommes confrontés ne peuvent pas être surmontés si nous continuons à travailler en vase clos,  en particulier lorsque nos projets sont regroupés dans la même région géographique. Choisir des partenaires Le monde de la conservation a longtemps hésité à travailler avec certains partenaires que l'histoire et la perception ont qualifiés d'ennemis de la nature, ou qui voient le monde sous un angle très différent. De nombreuses entreprises et organisations considèrent l'exploitation des ressources naturelles comme essentielle à leurs modèles d'affaires et à leurs gains économiques. Cela a souvent conduit à une réticence à s'engager avec ces entreprises et l'industrie en général. En vilipendant les intérêts commerciaux, nous avons parfois laissé les entreprises médusées, mal informées et trop sur la défensive pour être de bons partenaires. Certains voient dans tout partenariat avec le business du « greenwashing ». Mais clairement, il n'est pas réaliste d'imaginer un monde dans lequel les humains ne prélèveraient rien de la nature pour nourrir leurs familles, réchauffer leurs maisons ou se déplacer entre pays et continents.  Les humains doivent consommer pour survivre, et en vilipendant ou en ignorant inutilement les occasions de prendre en compte les intérêts commerciaux, nous avons parfois laissé les entreprises médusées, mal informées et / ou trop sur la défensive pour être de bons partenaires. Lorsque nous nous engageons à leurs côtés, de bonnes choses peuvent se produire, comme le géant de l'agroalimentaire Danone annonçant son ambition de devenir une entreprise à bilan carbone zéro dans toute sa chaîne d'approvisionnement, Bridgestone s'engageant dans une politique de « Non à la Déforestation, Non à l’Exploitation » et Cargill promettant de « progresser plus rapidement vers une chaîne d'approvisionnement mondiale en cacao transparente et permettre aux agriculteurs et à leurs communautés d'obtenir de meilleurs revenus et niveaux de vie, et de fournir un approvisionnement durable en cacao et en produits chocolatés ». Les partenariats avec les entreprises peuvent aider à garantir que les chaînes d'approvisionnement de produits comme le cacao soient plus durables. Photo: Irene Scott/AusAID CC2.0 Le commerce illégal de singes vivants fait partie du défi de leur conservation en Afrique et dans certaines régions d'Asie. Les jeunes singes sauvages sont capturés, engendrant souvent de nombreuses victimes au sein du groupe, et transportés dans des zones reculées (notamment en Chine, au Viet Nam, au Moyen-Orient et dans certaines parties de l'Europe de l'Est) pour devenir des animaux domestiques, être exhibés dans des zoos non accrédités, ou utilisés par l'industrie du divertissement. Bien que l'accent ait été mis sur l'arrêt de la capture et du commerce illégal de singes (tous les singes sont protégés et leur meurtre ou leur capture est interdite par la loi), peu d'efforts ont été engagés pour améliorer les soins aux singes dans de tels endroits, et pour éduquer le public sur les dommages et la souffrance que les animaux endurent. Il est peu probable que ce commerce lucratif ralentisse avant que la demande cesse ; cela nécessitera de nouveaux partenaires et partenariats. Relever le défi que la prolifération des infrastructures représente pour la durabilité nécessitera une réflexion radicale similaire. Les infrastructures (telles que les routes et les barrages) constituent la menace qui empiète la plus rapidement sur l'environnement, dont dépend la survie de milliers d'espèces, y compris celle des humains. Pour faire face à cette menace, nous devrons rassembler une coalition variée de partenaires aussi complexe que le système qui crée et perpétue le problème. Cela signifie que nous devons dialoguer avec les ministres de l'économie mondiale, les investisseurs privés dans les infrastructures et les institutions financières telles que la Banque mondiale, la Société financière internationale (IFC) et la multitude d’autres créanciers. Ces partenariats peuvent ne pas être populaires auprès de tous les membres de notre mouvement, mais nous devons trouver le courage d'informer et d’inclure ces acteurs influents. Un dialogue ouvert entre de nombreuses parties prenantes est nécessaire pour remédier aux impacts non-souhaitables des infrastructures. Photo: CC0 Comprendre les interdépendances En tant qu'activistes et bailleurs de fonds, nous devons être transparents et ouverts sur notre travail afin que nous puissions tous apprendre les uns des autres et saisir les opportunités de collaboration. En tant que principal bailleur de fonds pour la conservation des grands singes, notre fondation a souvent été approchée par plusieurs organisations qui tentent toutes de résoudre les mêmes problèmes, mais ne travaillent pas ensemble. En connaissance de cause ou non, des organisations qui espèrent obtenir les mêmes impacts sont en compétition pour le financement et ratent ainsi l'opportunité de renforcer leur travail respectif en partageant des données et des idées. La fondation consacre maintenant régulièrement du temps à rassembler des groupes disparates afin qu'ils soient pleinement conscients du travail des autres et identifient les opportunités de progrès plus conséquents en travaillant ensemble. Notre fondation a souvent été approchée par plusieurs organisations qui tentent toutes de résoudre les mêmes problèmes, mais ne travaillent pas ensemble. Nous avons même financé des projets collectifs découlant de ce genre de dialogue. Un exemple concret est le Plan d'action pour la conservation (PAC) élaboré dans l'est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), qui rassemble 10 acteurs de la conservation, ainsi que les communautés locales, les autorités des aires protégées et d'autres institutions gouvernementales. Le PAC a été financé par Arcus en collaboration avec la fondation « The World We Want », et  l’agence  gouvernementale américaine « Fish and Wildlife Service », afin de soutenir un travail coordonné et collaboratif pour protéger les forêts et la faune, et contribuer à l'autonomisation et aux moyens de subsistance durables des communautés locales, vivant dans et près de la forêt. Nous pouvons considérer la nature elle-même comme un modèle pour renforcer l'impact de notre travail de conservation, c'est-à-dire qu’il n’y a rien dans la nature qui ne soit pas interconnecté. Notre capacité - et celle de nombreuses autres espèces - à survivre au cours des siècles à travers les fléaux, les famines, les révolutions, le colonialisme et la guerre est fondée sur le génie d’écosystèmes complexes, les chaînes alimentaires, les migrations cycliques et les services naturels. Chacune de ces forces peut contribuer à l’intelligence collective (« Collective Brilliance»), illustrant comment la collaboration et la coordination sont au centre de presque tout ce qui est réussi ou résilient sur terre. Le monde naturel nous montre comment nous devrions penser et agir en tant que défenseurs de l'environnement si nous voulons que notre mouvement soit efficace à long terme. Les défis auxquels nous sommes confrontés sont énormes ; ils sont beaucoup plus grands que ce que chacun de nous individuellement peut relever. Notre unique espoir est de renforcer l'impact de notre travail à travers une action collective stratégique de partenariats et de réseaux - grands, petits et même improbables.  Topic: BiodiversitySustainable development goals Author:  Jon Stryker Jon Stryker is founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global grant-making organization with headquarters in New York City and Cambridge, UK.  Founded in 2000, Arcus is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The foundation supports the advancement of LGBTQ human rights, and conservation of the world's great apes and gibbons. Mr Stryker is a founding board member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Florida. He also serves on the boards of The Museum of Modern Art, Kalamazoo College and Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization that funds the maintenance and operations of the High Line park in New York City. &nbs […]

    • Unlikely partners: how teaming up with ‘nature’s enemies’ could boost the impact of conservation
      by Nicole Bachelard on May 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Nature, where everything is interconnected, is a shining example of the strength and brilliance of the collective. The conservation community should look to the natural world for inspiration when striving for success and impact, moving beyond its silos and proactively engaging even the most unlikely partners, including business and industry – writes founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, Jon Stryker. Conservation organizations are working together to protect forests and wildlife in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Rod Waddington CC2.0 If we are to achieve our shared objective of conserving nature and living sustainably on the planet, the international conservation movement will need to up its collective game. While our actions as individual conservationists and non-governmental organizations are important, it is likely we could achieve greater impact if we connected our work and resources more effectively with those of others. By ‘others’ I refer not only to other conservationists. I also mean indigenous communities, advocates and even potential industrial partners. The dire situation we face means that we need to become more pragmatic about choosing collaborators. While it may feel uncomfortable to include some whom we have historically perceived as the problems themselves or as impediments to resolving the mounting conflict between human economic interests and nature, the dire situation we face means that we need to become more pragmatic about choosing collaborators. I have come to feel strongly about this over the more than two decades during which I have devoted significant time and resources to ape conservation both personally and through my role as founder and president of the Arcus Foundation. Quite often, I see projects operating in isolation – projects mounted alone by one person or organization – and I wonder whether coordination with collaborators or even some unlikely partners might have yielded better results and achieved greater impact. In aggregate, we must constantly ask ourselves whether, as a movement, we are spreading our resources too thin, acting without the benefit of insights that might have been available through a different partner, duplicating efforts or even impeding the success of other worthy projects. The obstacles we face will not be overcome if we continue to pursue our work in silos even when our projects are clustered in the same geographic location. Choosing partners There has long been a reticence in our movement to working with certain types of partners whom history and perception have cast as nature’s enemies, or who see the world through a very different lens. Many companies and organizations see the exploitation of natural resources as essential to their business models and economic gain. This has often led to an aversion to engaging with business and industry. By ignoring opportunities to engage with business, we have at times left companies stunned, uninformed and too defensive to be good partners. Some see any engagement with business as the enablement of ‘greenwashing’. But clearly, it is simply not realistic to imagine a world in which humans take nothing from nature to feed their families, heat their homes or move themselves and things across countries and continents. Humans must consume to survive, and by unnecessarily vilifying or ignoring opportunities to engage with business interests, we have at times left companies stunned, uninformed and/or too defensive to be good partners. When we do engage, good things can happen, such as the food giant Danone announcing its ambition to become a net zero carbon company across its supply chain, Bridgestone committing to a ‘No Deforestation, No Exploitation’ policy, and Cargill’s promise to “accelerate progress toward a transparent global cocoa supply chain and enable farmers and their communities to achieve better incomes and living standards, and deliver a sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products”. Partnering with business can help to ensure the supply chains of commodities such as cocoa are more sustainable.  Photo: Irene Scott/AusAID CC2.0 The illegal trade in live apes is part of the challenge for their conservation in Africa and parts of Asia. Young apes are captured from wild populations, often with numerous casualties to the group, and transported to remote areas (including in China, Viet Nam, the Middle East and parts of eastern Europe) to serve as pets, exhibits in non-accredited zoos, or in the entertainment industry. Although the emphasis in conservation has appropriately been on halting the illegal capture and trade of apes (all apes are protected and their killing or capture is forbidden by law), few efforts have focused on improving the care of apes in such facilities and educating the public about the harm and suffering the animals endure. It is unlikely that this lucrative trade will slow down until demand is stopped. Doing so will require new partners and partnerships. Addressing the challenge that infrastructure proliferation presents to sustainability will require similar radical thinking. Infrastructure (such as roads and dams) is the fastest encroaching threat to the environment on which the survival of thousands of species, including humans, depends. To address this threat, we will have to marshal a multifaceted matrix of engagements as complex as the system that generates and perpetuates the problem. This means that we must be in dialogue with the world’s economic ministers, private infrastructure investors, and financial institutions such as The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and the multitude of other lending banks. These engagements may not be popular with everyone in our movement, but we must find the courage to inform and engage these influential actors. Addressing the impacts of infrastructure development requires an open dialogue between many stakeholders. Photo: CC0 Connecting dots As activists and funders, we must be transparent and open about our work so that we can all learn from one another and seize opportunities to coordinate. As a leading ape conservation funder, our foundation has often been approached by multiple conservation organizations that are all trying to solve the same problems, yet are not working together. Knowingly or not, organizations hoping to achieve the same impact are competing for funding and missing the opportunity to propel each other’s work by sharing data and insights. The foundation now routinely commits resources to bringing disparate groups together just so they can be fully aware of one another’s work and identify opportunities to accelerate their progress by working together. Our foundation has often been approached by multiple conservation organizations that are all trying to solve the same problems, yet are not working together. We’ve even funded some of the collective work that came from this kind of dialogue. A case in point is the Conservation Action Plan (CAP) developed for the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, which brings together 10 different conservation stakeholders, as well as local communities, protected area authorities and other government institutions. The CAP was funded by Arcus in collaboration with The World We Want, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to support coordinated and collaborative work to protect forests and wildlife, as well as contribute to the empowerment of, and sustainable livelihoods for, local communities living in and near the forest. We can look to nature itself as a model for how to grow the impact of our conservation work, i.e., there is nothing in nature that is not interconnected. Our ability – and that of many other species – to survive across centuries through plagues, famines, revolutions, colonialism and war is grounded in the genius of complex ecosystems, food chains, cyclical migrations and services provided by nature. Each one of these forces is a study in the brilliance of the collective, illustrating how collaboration and coordination are at the center of nearly everything on earth that is successful or resilient. The natural world shows us how we should be thinking and acting as conservationists if we want our movement to be effective in the long run. The challenges we face are huge and so much bigger than any one of us individually can solve. Our only hope is to compound the impact of our work through strategic collective action of partnerships and networks – great, small and even unlikely.   Topic: BiodiversitySustainable development goals Author:  Jon Stryker Jon Stryker is founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global grant-making organization with headquarters in New York City and Cambridge, UK.  Founded in 2000, Arcus is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The foundation supports the advancement of LGBTQ human rights, and conservation of the world's great apes and gibbons. Mr Stryker is a founding board member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Florida. He also serves on the boards of The Museum of Modern Art, Kalamazoo College and Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization that funds the maintenance and operations of the High Line park in New York City. &nbs […]

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    • Emerging Care Delivery Models Where Payers and Providers Become One
      by Jim Cimino on June 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD – Chief Medical Officer June 21, 2018 The trend of reducing health care costs through global capitation and aggressive contracting from payer/provider integration has and will continue to expand in the health care market. This combination will provide a solid singular force in reducing cost and improving outcomes. Recent announcements of unusual entities entering the market, such as Amazon, CVS, and Walmart, are an example of this phenomenon. Developers and utilizers of clinical pathways should be aware of these new models and how pathways may need to be adapted in light of these atypical models. The principles and structures of Kaiser Permanente and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) may represent future models of care. Providers, pathways developers, and payers alike should take note of these new models. Click here to learn mor […]

    • An Answer to Randomly Designed Behavior-Change Programs
      by Jim Cimino on March 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      One of the key topics in health care relates to how to change patient behavior. Over the years, many programs have been developed and implemented with varying results. In 2011, Professor Susan Mitchie and colleagues at the University College of London conducted an intensive search and spoke with several behavioral change experts to identify 19 programs that addressed health-related behavior change. […]

    • Who Really Controls Treatment Selection? It’s Not Always Who You Think
      by Jim Cimino on February 26, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      New policies and legislation related to health care reform mean that control over prescription drugs selections may also shift within different markets. For providers and provider groups creating clinical protocols for a disease state, it is important to understand the various stakeholder biases in real-world contexts, so that appropriate prompts may be integrated into the protocol in order to achieve the best outcomes. Drug selection will vary greatly based on the insurer’s position, disease state, health system, and patient. […]

    • Water Street Completes Dual Acquisitions to Continue Building Life Sciences Commercialization Services Platform
      by redwards on December 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Health Care Firm Acquires Alliance Life Sciences and Health Strategies Group CHICAGO – December 5, 2017 – Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry, announced today that it has completed two acquisitions to continue building a leading global life sciences’ commercialization services platform. The health care firm has acquired Alliance Life Sciences (Alliance) and Health Strategies Group. Water Street will bring the two companies together with The Access Group, a business it acquired last year, under a global enterprise that will offer life sciences companies a suite of commercialization services to support them with bringing new therapies to market, and gaining and sustaining market access and share. “We are excited to be at the forefront of helping life sciences firms develop, manage and deliver new outcomes-based therapies that address specific patient populations and diseases,” said Jim Lang, an executive advisor with Water Street who will serve as executive chairman of the newly combined enterprise. “By bringing these two market-leading companies together with The Access Group, we are taking the next step toward building a global leader that will offer life sciences companies an integrated portfolio of solutions to help them bring the right therapies to the right patients at the right value.” Founded in 1992, Health Strategies Group is the leader in market access intelligence and customized research for pharmaceutical and biotech professionals. Its team of analysts dissects trends and identifies opportunities to help companies optimize their product access and distribution. Alliance, founded in 2008, specializes in maximizing revenue and optimizing pricing for its customers. The firm offers a broad array of global pricing analytic tools and data, outsourced contract and revenue management services, including business process outsourcing, and digital marketing operational services. “Together with Health Strategies Group and The Access Group, we will offer our customers a deeper and more extensive portfolio of next-generation solutions that address the entire spectrum of their commercial needs,” said Emmanuel Doe, CEO, Alliance. “As one entity, we will have a greater impact on aligning outcomes among patients, caregivers, physicians and payers for pharmaceutical and medical device products.” Rod Cavin, managing director, Health Strategies Group, added: “We are thrilled to join forces with Alliance and The Access Group. Our clients are working incredibly fast and hard to bring new and life-changing therapies to market. Building this platform with Water Street enables us to combine our research capabilities with new services that will accelerate getting these therapies to the patients who need them.” Water Street’s new global enterprise will work with life sciences companies to introduce new therapies and optimize existing therapies to targeted patient populations through the following suite of solutions: Strategic and Advisory Consulting Services Agency Implementation and Execution Research, Data and Analytics Products Turnkey Outsourced Operations Alliance, Health Strategies Group and The Access Group will continue to operate under their current names and leadership teams. The executives of each company will report to the holding company’s board of directors spearheaded by Executive Chairman Jim Lang. Financial details of the acquisitions are not being disclosed. About Alliance Alliance Life Sciences is a global innovator that delivers peace of mind and unlocks business value with unique solutions to complex commercial problems. With more than 15 years of dedicated life sciences experience, its worldwide team of experts provides insights and solves problems in contracting, pricing, reimbursement, and commercial operations. Alliance serves top pharmaceutical manufacturers, mid-market life sciences companies, and multiple medical device and diagnostic firms. For more information,... […]

    • A Major System Change is Under Way
      by redwards on October 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics October 27, 2017 Yesterday CVS made an offer to acquire Aetna. This is a true game changer for 2 reasons. The first is that it represents the most significant national integration of a service provider and a payer. Second, this defensive play by CVS is ahead of Amazon entering the pharmaceutical distribution market. Amazon’s presence will result in consumers having much more control. The bottom line is that the market is quickly providing tools and channels to give providers and patients more control of treatment selection. Click here to learn mor […]



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    • New Research Sheds Light on Gig and Non-Traditional Workers
      by Joseph Peralta on May 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      Today, Commonwealth published new research on workers in the United States who are navigating a new employment landscape of traditional and non-traditional work. While traditional work arrangements yield a W-2, a growing number of non-traditional arrangements do not, including contract, freelance, temp, and gig work. Commonwealth’s research helps us compare the circumstances of individuals engaged […] The post New Research Sheds Light on Gig and Non-Traditional Workers appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • Preparing for a Global Outbreak: New Solutions to the Next Generation of Pathogens
      by Joseph Peralta on May 22, 2018 at 8:56 pm

        This piece is part of our month-long focus on health in the lead up to the 2018 World Health Assembly.  This week, the world’s leading global health policymakers and practitioners gather in Geneva as part of the 71st World Health Assembly to discuss how to achieve universal health coverage and health for all. For a […] The post Preparing for a Global Outbreak: New Solutions to the Next Generation of Pathogens appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • From Promise to Impact: Can the Digital Revolution Transform Global Health?
      by Joseph Peralta on May 17, 2018 at 2:04 am

        This piece is part of our month-long focus on health in the lead up to the 2018 World Health Assembly.  In 2010, Apple trademarked the slogan, “There’s an app for that”, a caption from its advertising campaign that went viral. The resonance of that term in popular culture highlighted the ubiquity of not just smart […] The post From Promise to Impact: Can the Digital Revolution Transform Global Health? appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • Designing a More Resilient Future for the Bay Area
      by Joseph Peralta on May 16, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      Throughout this country and beyond, we are starting to see tangible effects of climate change in our communities and we know we are not prepared. Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is an innovative, community-based way to proactively tackle the threat of sea-level rise. The gist: meet one of our greatest challenges with a […] The post Designing a More Resilient Future for the Bay Area appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • Onward: Shaping the Future Together
      by Joseph Peralta on May 14, 2018 at 1:38 am

        On May 14th, 1913, The Rockefeller Foundation was chartered to fulfill an unprecedented and enduring mission: to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, as we celebrate our 105th birthday and look back on more than a century of philanthropic innovation and impact, I’d like to share with you how we plan […] The post Onward: Shaping the Future Together appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]



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    • Pacific regional food security atlas launched to reach the most vulnerable
      by WFP on June 21, 2018 at 8:36 am

      NADI, FIJI – Representatives from across the North and South Pacific gathered on Monday to witness the launch of the first-ever Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas on the opening day of the Pacific Seed Forum in Nadi, Fiji. […]

    • Spain takes over from Italy Chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD
      by WFP on June 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      ROME – In a ceremony held today at the annual session of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, the Italian Government handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD to the Spanish Government. Also promoted by the Government of Panama, the event was the opportunity to celebrate the 18th anniversary of UNHRD, which was first established in Brindisi, Italy in June 2000.&nbs […]

    • Statement from WFP Executive Director David Beasley on Hodeida
      by WFP on June 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      ROME – As the fighting around Hodeida intensifies my main concern is as ever for the children, women and men of Yemen. Innocent people are suffering amidst some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, and we are with them in calling for an end to the long-running conflict.&nbs […]

    • WFP launches food assistance for Ebola-affected people in Democratic Republic of Congo
      by WFP on June 7, 2018 at 9:37 am

      MBANDAKA - Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Ebola-hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements. […]

    • Iraq Humanitarian Fund Keeps WFP Logistics Services Moving
      by WFP on June 6, 2018 at 10:22 am

      BAGHDAD – The Logistics Cluster, led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has welcomed a generous contribution of US$860,000 from the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF). The Cluster facilitates the movement of humanitarian supplies including food, medicines and even ambulances on behalf of the entire humanitarian community in Iraq. […]



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    • Reversing Land Degradation by Scaling up Evergreen Agriculture in Africa (Regreening Africa)
      by Susan Chomba on June 20, 2018 at 8:21 am

      The UN General Assembly declared 17th June the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) to promote public awareness on land degradation, desertification and drought. The theme for WDCD2018 was “Land has true value. Invest in it”. Land degradation,... The post Reversing Land Degradation by Scaling up Evergreen Agriculture in Africa (Regreening Africa) appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • Third cohort graduates from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy
      by Susan Onyango on June 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

        Plant breeders from 18 countries in Africa to contribute to delivering food security in the continent Thirty-four plant breeders graduated from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy in May 2018. The advanced plant breeding course was... The post Third cohort graduates from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • The Value of Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in ICRAF
      by Betty Rabar on June 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) recognizes that the quality and diversity of its workforce are key to the achievement of its mission and mandate. In 2016, the Centre developed and commenced implementation of its Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI)... The post The Value of Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in ICRAF appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • Synergizing climate change mitigation and adaptation in Cameroon
      by Ruth Ogendi on June 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Cameroon needs to adopt an integrated approach to climate change. However, there are still many challenges to overcome. Climate change in Cameroon has had, and will continue to have, adverse effects on agro-ecosystems and communities in multiple ways;... The post Synergizing climate change mitigation and adaptation in Cameroon appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • GEF-Funded Integrated Approach Programme on Food Security Gains Momentum
      by Susan Onyango on June 8, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Experts meet in Nairobi to take stock on implementation In 2017, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched the Integrated Approach Programme on Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa, a major initiative bringing together a... The post GEF-Funded Integrated Approach Programme on Food Security Gains Momentum appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]


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