Category Archives: Production

Economist: Abraham Accords, US Loan Will Help Revitalize Sudan’s Economy

Sudan took another big step this week toward rejoining the international community and losing its label as a pariah state by officially signing an agreement to normalize relations with Israel. Sudan, which once hosted al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, had already agreed to improve relations with Israel but made it official on Wednesday when visiting

Saving Senegal’s Forests: Group Turns Straw Into Fuel

DAKAR – Wood and charcoal burning account for 50% of Senegal’s household energy consumption, contributing to air pollution and deforestation. To reduce ecological damage, an association called Nebeday, which means “tree” in Wolof, the predominant local language in Senegal, hires villagers to produce an innovative energy alternative. Half of Senegal’s households rely on wood or

Fire at South African Oil Refinery Injures 7

Emergency services officials in the South African coastal city of Durban are saying Friday a fire at an oil refinery injured seven people. Video taken at the scene showed a large plume of black smoke rising into the sky from the refinery owned by the South African oil company Engen. Witnesses say they saw a

Global Climate Fund approves $160 million to support FAO-led projects

New grants will increase resilience to climate change and combat deforestation in Argentina, Guatemala and Sudan 13 November 2020, Rome – The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved three new FAO-designed projects in Argentina, Guatemala and Sudan for a total amount of $158.6 million aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening resilience to

East Africa Cross Border Trade Bulletin (October 2020, Volume 31)

SUMMARY POINTS • Maize grain was the main commodity traded in the region between July and September 2020 (third quarter of 2020) followed by dry beans, rice and sorghum as shown in Figure 1. • Easing of some measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections in addition to adaptation by traders to operating under

Global Price Watch: September 2020 Prices (October 30, 2020)

• In West Africa, market supplies in cereals and legumes started to increase in September ahead of the 2020/21 marketing year. At the same time, market demand began to decrease seasonally. Persisting insecurity continued to affect market functioning and access in the Greater Lake Chad basin, the Liptako-Gourma region, the Tibesti region. Coarse grain prices

Demonstrators Close Khartoum Bridges to Protest Fuel Price

KHARTOUM – People in Sudan’s cities are protesting after the ministry of energy on Tuesday doubled the price of fuel to help reduce a budget deficit. The price of fuel in Sudan has jumped four times in two years and helped spark mass protests that in 2019 led to the ouster of former president Omar

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program donors announce US$300 million to end hunger and malnutrition

October 13, 2020 – Today during the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Replenishment Period 2020-25, hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), donors increased their contributions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) – a world with zero hunger. As part of GAFSP’s first replenishment

2020 Global Hunger Index: One decade to zero hunger linking health and sustainable food systems

What do we know about the hunger situation worldwide? Has progress been made or are there any setbacks? Using the Global Hunger Index, the global hunger situation can be calculated and assessed. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger and undernutrition at global, regional, and national levels.