Category Archives: Production

FAO welcomes China’s new $50 million donation to support South-South Cooperation

22 September 2020, Rome – FAO welcomed an announcement today by Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, that his country will support the UN agency’s South-South Cooperation (SSC) efforts with an additional $50 million in funding. “We are very grateful for this new $50 million contribution announced by President Xi, as it

Japanese Ship Operator to Put $9.4M Toward Mauritius Oil Spill Recovery

The operator of a Japanese-owned bulk carrier that crashed into a reef in late July, causing a widespread oil spill in Mauritius, will pay at least $9.4 million over several years to fund environmental projects and support local fishing communities. The spill took place near the coastal areas of southeast Mauritius, an area of international

Oil Companies Want Kenya to Loosen Strict Stance on Plastics

NAIROBI – The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground. The request from the American Chemistry Council, whose members include major oil companies, to the Office

World Bank Group Exceeds 2020 Climate Finance Target for 3rd Consecutive Year – $21.4 Billion in Funding for Climate Action

STORY HIGHLIGHTS • In fiscal year 2020, the World Bank Group allocated nearly $21.4 billion to climate-related investments, surpassing its climate-finance target for the third year in a row. • Bank Group climate finance exceeded $83 billion over the 5 years that the first Climate Change Action Plan (2016-2020) was in effect. • Three country

Global Price Watch: July 2020 Prices (August 31, 2020)

KEY MESSAGES • In West Africa, market supplies remained sufficient to meet demand, despite normal lean seasonal demand increases. Insecurity-related market disruptions persisted in the Greater Lake Chad basin, the Tibesti region, and the LiptakoGourma region. Coarse grain prices in the Sahel were near or below average in surplus and self-sufficient areas due to limited

Thousands March in Mauritius Over Dead Dolphins, Oil Spill

JOHANNESBURG – Honking and drumming, tens of thousands of people protested Saturday in Mauritius over the government’s slow response to an oil spill from a grounded Japanese ship and the alarming discovery of dozens of dead dolphins in recent days. The protesters displayed signs such as “You have no shame” and “I’ve seen better Cabinets

Africa Looks to Tax Tech Giants as Economic Fallout From COVID Bites

ADDIS ABABA – Tax officials in Africa estimate that government revenues will drop between 10 and 30 percent in 2020 as a result of the economic fallout stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. But while businesses in the hospitality, construction and retail sectors have suffered, digital companies have boomed as more people stay home and conduct

Germany Funds Second Phase of Niger Community Cohesion Initiative for EUR 18 Million

Niamey – Niger is one of Africa’s largest nations, and one of its poorest. An important migration transit country – as well as both a sender of migrants and a destination – Niger is impacted by increased levels of insecurity and instability linked to v…

Field Exchange No. 62 (March 2020)

Editorial Dear readers In July 2019, we produced a special edition of Field Exchange (issue 60) on continuum of acute malnutrition care. Our editorial1 identified areas of action we felt were needed to address significant shortcomings hampering this provision. These related to United Nations (UN) institutional arrangements and divisions of roles among agencies, supply-chain management