Tuesday, May 13, 2008



African Women Development Cooperative
African Women Development Cooperative is one of the gender development projects of the Centre for Policy and Development. A response to the gender economic divide and the gender based challenges of sustainable wealth creation, AWDC aims to facilitate access to financial services, provide capacity building in financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills as well training in building enterprising businesses and sustainable livelihoods for African women. (...) read the full post at http://www.kabissa.org/blog/african-women-development-cooperative

The World Needs a Farming Revolution! Declares U.N. Report
Oil is setting record high prices. People are rioting over the price of food in Haiti, Egypt, parts of West Africa and the Philippines. Since March 2007 the price of soybeans is up 87%, and the price of wheat has risen 130%. Global grain stores are at the lowest levels on record. Amid this turmoil the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) released its report this week on the state of agriculture. (...) read the full post at http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/world-farming-revolution.php

Farmers and climate change
Two articles that look at the issue of how farmers are trying to adapt to harsher climatic conditions. The first one highlights the situation in Kenya and the second one looks at the situation from a global stand. (...) read the full post at http://bioversitylibrary.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/kenyan-farmers-and-climate-change/

People, Spaces and Deliberation
More than 100 private radio stations have sprung up in Niger since the introduction of democracy in that Sub-Saharan country in 1990. There are shows on health, education, and gender issues, including the devastating impact of child marriage on women. The stirring story of how an old medium is bringing fresh ideas to Niger is posted in the World Bank's People, Spaces and Deliberation blog. The big role that religious faith plays in most developing countries can lead to the delicate problem of basing a claim for public policy change or the resistance of policy change on a variety of Deities. Join the conversation at  http://publicsphere.worldbank.org/your-deity-prescribes-public-policy-please.

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