UN agricultural fund approves over 110 million to combat rural poverty

At the meeting of its executive board last week, the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) approved US$8.3 million in grants to support farmers, farmers’ organizations, agricultural research and training programmes, along with $102 million in loans for rural development programmes.The loan of $29.2 million to China, for example, assists farmers living in remote areas of South Gansu province, where natural resources have deteriorated and there is only poor access to water for irrigation and drinking. The programme which will receive the funds will support irrigation, terracing, tree-planting and training toward improved farming methods.Another loan, of $19 million, aims to improve the lives of small farmers, traders and processors in Ghana who depend on roots and tubers for their livelihood. With women making up at least one-half of the beneficiaries, the programme will focus on both better production and marketing methods.The $8.1 million in grants are targeted to a wide range of programmes, including those supporting assistance to rural organizations in the countries of the Southern Cone Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR), improved management of indigenous trees and shrubs in the countries of the Sahel, and agricultural research and training in Eastern and Central Africa. read more

Three children 24 adults killed in Baghdad café bombing

first_imgA LATE-NIGHT bombing at a café in west Baghdad killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 50 others, security and medical officials said tonight.The blast struck at 10pm (local time) at a small shopping mall in Amriyah.Three children were among those killed, the officials told AFP.The Dubai cafe, where the bomb went off, lies on the 2nd floor of a small shopping mall in the predominantly-Sunni neighbourhood, and is frequented by young men playing billiards and video games.The mall, however, is often filled with families as it also contains restaurants and clothes shops.Read: 10 years ago today: Saddam’s statue topples in Baghdadlast_img read more