Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)

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Library Articles

Chinese, Brazilian and Indian Investments in African Agriculture : Impacts, Opportunities and Concerns

Investments made by the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian governments in African agriculture is analyzed in this study. This brings together three new case studies of Chinese investment and aims to assess the impacts of investment on Africa's small-scale farmers. The report assesses how appropriate these investments are for Africa's small-scale farmers, including how aligned they are to...

The Roles of Civil Society in Localising the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have as from January 2016 replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be the main international mechanism for guiding development in all United Nations member states until 2030. These global goals concern a wide range of targets, including poverty alleviation, economic growth and environmental objectives. National governments, however, cannot...

Looking Back, Moving Forward : A Regional Synthesis Report of Beijing +20 Reviews from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda and Uganda

Four of the twelve thematic areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)is addressed in this report notably, Women and poverty, Women and economy, Violence against women and Women in power and decision-making. The review focuses on the four themes aimed to complement the ongoing national reviews with in-depth and focused information on the sub objectives in the four thematic areas. It...

Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Africa

Women’s organizations in Africa have, since 2012 organized consultations at various levels to identify the gender gaps in the MDGs and ensure that the next set of proposed goals after 2015 will be gender sensitive and articulate the needs and priorities of women and girls. The most recent consultation was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 9th -11th 2013. From across Africa, 40...

Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda - A Consultation with Civil Society

This report provides a detailed account of regional civil society perspectives on barriers to sustainable development and recommendations for overcoming them. Through quotations and summaries of the discussions and written submissions, it focuses on alternative proposals to those presented in the four reports under review. UNNGLS has synthesized the findings according to four main objectives for...

Why Wait Until the Next Food Crisis? Improving Food Reserve Strategies in East Africa

The importance of African countries holding food reserves for promoting food security and price stability is highlighted in this report. The food reserves policies of three countries in East Africa – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – are analysed showing how these can, indeed must, be improved to address hunger. National food reserves, when designed and implemented effectively, can play a vital role...

African Union Mediation Support Handbook

"This first revised edition serves as a general reference and field study guide for mediation teams and lead mediators deployed on AU mediation missions. It is a practical tool, based on the premise that mediation is a critical and complex skill that requires time, practice and continued education. It focuses on providing both the mediator and the mediation team with an understanding of the...

Africa in 2030: Responsive States, Empowered Citizens Findings from Citizen-Driven Workshops on the Post-2015 Framework held in 13 African Countries

The 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws ever closer. A range of stakeholders are mobilising to formulate their successor. Should the post-2015 framework build upon the MDGs, correct their failings and genuinely confront the most important challenges in sustainable development today, then it is essential that those with the power to decide its contents are hearing the...

Putting Small Scale Farming First : Improving the National Agriculture Investment Plans of Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania

The National Agriculture Investment Plans(NAIPs) of five countries – Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Burkina Faso – are being analysed in this report. It assesses the extent to which these countries are likely to benefit smallholder farmers. The NAIPs are the flagship strategies of governments, outlining how they will support the agriculture sector in the coming years, and include...

10 Joint Policy Recommendations: From Rhetoric to Action: Towards a Transformed Agriculture and Food Secure Africa

Sustainability, climate resilience and agro-ecology should be incorporated by African Governments into their agriculture sector strategies and they should develop recommendations to achieve this. Investments in sustainable agriculture need to be stepped up by governments and they should develop a national strategy for encouraging a larger number of farmers to practice agro-ecological farming...

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