Humanitarian

Ethiopian women cooperative increases incomes thanks to FAO-Eataly partnership

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A cooperative of women in Ethiopia is set to reach the international market thanks to a partnership between Italian gourmet food store Eataly and FAO. The two joined forces in 2013 to support family farmers around the globe in boosting their production and finding ways to reach new overseas customers. The work with the women’s cooperative is one example of …

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In West Africa, UN launches improved fish drying technique to save lives and environment

Women in Abobodoumé, Côte d’Ivoire, huddle around the FAO-Thiaroye Processing Technique (FTT-Thiaroye) to smoke fish. Photo: FAO

A newly developed fish drying technology is improving food quality and saving lives in West Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today as it launched its effort to boost food safety and working conditions across the region. With smoked fish remaining a staple food product and vital source of income for many African coastal communities, the …

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UNICEF, Airtel form Pan-African partnership to empower children and youth

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UNICEF and Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, have entered a partnership agreement to expand their collaboration across 17 countries in Africa. The partnership aims at improving Africa’s population access to health and education-related information whilst pushing forward various innovative projects supported by UNICEF. The agreement allows UNICEF to tap …

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Ireland pledges €3 million to the UN’s Humanitarian Fund for South Sudan

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Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today that the Government is to contribute €3 million to provide food, medicines, education and vital supplies to thousands of families in South Sudan who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict. Widespread violence from the civil war in South …

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Ireland to dispatch 58 tonnes of emergency supplies in response to severe flooding in Malawi

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Ireland will today dispatch thousands of blankets, tents, mosquito nets, soap, jerry cans and other urgent supplies to assist families affected by the recent severe flooding in Malawi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced. 58 tonnes of Irish stocks will be distributed …

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3-D printing of prostheses to be trialled in Uganda

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By Alice Hazelton Researchers are to 3-D print cheap, custom-made prosthetics for child amputees in the developing world after winning CAD$112,000 (US$90,000) from the Canadian government. The money is coming through the Grand Challenges Canada fund, which supports health-related innovation in developing countries. “There are more than ten million people in the world with amputations, most of whom live in …

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AU leaders urged to empower women, children

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By– SAnews.gov.za African leaders meeting for the 24th African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have been urged to come up with a clear road map for the development and empowerment of women in the continent as well as a plan to end child marriages. “The leaders need to know that the young women and girls are here and they …

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NEC Delivers Infrared Thermography Cameras as a Countermeasure Against Ebola

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NEC Corporation announced the delivery of infrared thermography cameras*, via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to support countermeasures against Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa, delivering 4 units to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, and 5 units to the Republic of Ghana. The infrared thermographs provided by NEC will be installed in locations such as international airports and border checkpoints …

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African Youth Commit to DRR

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African youth leaders are taking action to ensure their communities are better informed and prepared to reduce disaster risks. Seven youth leaders participated in a disaster risk reduction (DRR) educational voyage and training programme aboard the passenger ship of the Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which sailed from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to Cape Town, South Africa. The journey took …

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‘No room for complacency’ UN says, urging vigilance in Ebola fight as West Africa marks progress

Two women in Monrovia, Liberia, walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business.” Photo: UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey

One year has passed since Ebola began spreading in West Africa, ravaging villages and local economies, and yet, amid dramatic improvements in the three most affected countries, the United Nations can now report progress in the fight against the deadly virus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today as he urged the global community to help the region regain its footing following …

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