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More cassava for less time

By Maria Eliza Villarino | Apr 5, 2018 Cassava has a relatively long growth cycle compared to other important crops. It takes an average of 10-12 months — sometimes up to 24 months! — for farmers to harvest the roots; maize, rice, and potato’s growth cycles span less than a third of that. In other words, farmers can …

Meeting on Liberia: Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial Level meeting on Liberia

  By Achim Steiner | UNDP Administrator | March 13, 2018 | As prepared for delivery. At a time of much upheaval in the world, it is a distinct pleasure to meet here today to acknowledge Liberia’s impressive progress and discuss the path forward as the country enters the next phase of its development. While the era …

Innovative wood and furniture testing centre opens in Ghana

By Juan Pablo Davila | UNIDO | 6 FEB  2018| ACCRA, 6 February – An innovative, new wood and furniture testing centre in Ghana was officially commissioned today by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with support from the Government of Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Located at the Council …

Poor countries spending climate cash on rich world consultants

By Mantoe Phakathi in Manzini | Published on 02/11/2017 | 11:42 AM | Even as they plan to demand more cash at UN talks in Bonn this week, poor countries lack the ability to initiate and implement climate projects, according to a senior African diplomat.   That means money is being sent back to rich countries through consultancy fees. Slightly more than $10 billion …

Is digital agriculture the key to revolutionize future farming in Africa?

By Emebet Tita and Dawit Solomon (CCAFS)|Dec 8, 2017|Low Emissions Development Stakeholders discuss opportunities and challenges of digital agriculture in Africa. Digital technology has significantly transformed all sectors of economic development. It has changed our way of living to the extent that it is difficult to imagine life without it. In developed countries, digital technologies …

Can development and conservation go hand in hand in Colombia’s Orinoquia region?

by Glenn Hyman| Aug 10, 2017 A diverse group of environmental and private sector specialists met in Bogotá last week to discuss how to achieve sustainable development in Colombia’s Orinoquia region. Meeting participants explored possible scenarios of sustainable development that reconcile nature protection and improve human well-being. Organized by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), …

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