The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency specializing in rural development, will present the conclusions and recommendations of an independent evaluation of IFAD’s country strategy and programme in Ethiopia at a National Round-table Workshop, 5 November in Addis Ababa.
Affected by illegal fishing and climate change, small-scale fishermen in Zanzibar are embracing ecotourism and seaweed farming to conserve coastal ecosystems and grow the local economy.
Rwanda’s Vision 2020 recognizes the private sector as one of the six main pillars for driving social and economic development. The private sector can play an important role in securing livelihoods, ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and minimizing environmental impacts of its operations. In 2013 PEI Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the national Private Sector Federation to support the capacity of the private sector to adhere with environmental sustainability and poverty guidelines.
While GDP growth in South Africa slowed down from 2.2% in 2013 to 1.5% in 2014, and while there are suggestions that current growth drivers are weak and inflation drivers strong, hopes remain for moderate economic growth of upwards of 2.5% going forward. Aside from stabilizing power supply and securing an upward movement in consumer confidence, such optimism rests on the return of mining and manufacturing activities to their previously high levels, with implications for water requirements.
Today, the Republic of Kenya and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement to finance the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme - Climate-Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL).