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In a new report, the World Bank says the poorest countries are hardest hit by continuing high food prices, which remain volatile.The bank’s latest Food Price Watch, released ahead of the G-20 summit in France, says the high food prices is adding to strains on the global economy.
At the just ended African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa, the continent was urged to take the lead in developing solar and hydro energy, while at the same time Africa's huge wealth is streaming out at the detriment of its development.
By Frank Sainworla, Jr/WADR, Addis Ababa
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank Group, (AFDB) and the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) have re-committed themselves to help in building a green economy across Africa.
The pledged was made as the 6th African Economic Conference ended in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa over the weekend.
“Africa still remains the victim of development strategies which do not improve the livelihood of its communities,” says the UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Amina Mohamed.
The 6th African Economic Conference is underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with the country’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi calling for agriculture and reforestation to be prioritized in Africa.
A decade since its creation, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has helped African nations improve their agriculture, infrastructure and health sectors, top United Nations and regional officials said.
The United Nations has warned that an acute food crisis was taking place in western Ivory Coast, the region that saw the most deadly violence in the postelection conflict.
For many years, rice growers in the district of Wasadu, south eastern Senegal experienced shortage of water for their rice fields.
The new government of Alassane Ouattara government in the Ivory Coast has said it has begun efforts to reform the country’s agricultural sector.
In Benin, the government has launched a program to promote youth agricultural entrepreneurship.