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Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season, according to data released by WFP and other humanitarian partners. Humanitarians have repeatedly warned that chronic insecurity linked to successive drought and violent extremists who exploit […]

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa with a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).   This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which is threatening to […]

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Kenya: AfDB approves $150 million to electrify 250,000 households

The Kenyan the government has recently secured $150 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the financial institution, the funds will provide solar energy to 250,000 households in 14 counties, suffering from poor access to electricity. The solar grids that will be installed will also provide electricity to more than 800 public institutions. […]

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Zambia inks over $824 mln deal with China Railway

Zambia has signed a contract of more than $824 million with a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corporation to upgrade a rail line, the company said on Wednesday. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation will rehabilitate the railway line in southern Zambia over a period of eight years, China Railway said in a statement. Infrastructure development […]

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Zambia gets $389 million grant from the US for AIDS relief

Zambia gets $389 million grant from the US for AIDS relief

The United States will give Zambia a new one-year bilateral grant of $389 million for AIDS relief starting in October after congressional approval, Zambia’s ministry of health said in a statement. Washington’s grant under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) follows a meeting on Zambia held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. […]

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EU mobilizes additional €10 million to respond to severe Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

The European Commission announced Friday it was mobilizing an additional €10 million to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreaks in decades in East Africa. The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from severe food insecurity and at least 35 million […]

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Bill Gates donates $10m to fight locusts in East Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $10m to help fight locusts in the East African region.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said its donation would assist UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO as it supports governments in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia to combat locust infestation that is posing a significant threat […]

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Africa/Football: Cairo to host CAF headquarters for another decade

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, will remain in the Egyptian capital of Cairo for 10 additional years following an agreement with the Egyptian government. The deal provides the African football governing body several advantages including diplomatic status. “The agreement recognizes the international legal personality of CAF as an international non-governmental organization,” CAF said in […]

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Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea gifts China $2m to fight coronavirus outbreak

The government Equatorial Guinea has announced that the oil-rich country is to donate $2m to aid its “sister nation” China as it battles the coronavirus outbreak that has so far killed 636 people. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and is intended as a show of “support and solidarity” to one […]

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Africa’s economy to grow despite external shocks – AfDB

Africa’s economic growth is forecast to rise to about 4% this year and next year from 3.4% in 2019, driven by infrastructure investments and natural resource exports, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said. The forecast which is roughly at the same level as that estimated by the institution for the year 2018, was driven by […]

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