US$1.6bn urgently needed to protect 5.4 mn Somalis from unprecedented drought

33953641975 e93184b03f zThe 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, launched by the humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, calls for US$1.6bn to protect the lives of 5.4 million Somalis

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Skills shortage in the agritech sector holding back IoT innovation: Inmarsat

IoT AF FEAGWhile the vast majority of agritech companies are moving towards IoT, a significant proportion lack the staff and skills needed to take advantage of the technology, according to independent research commissioned by Inmarsat

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Rising temperatures put Africa’s rice production at risk

straw 230112 640A new modelling study published today warns that the dry-season irrigated rice in West Africa’s Sahel region has reached the critical threshold of 37 degrees Celsius – the tipping point. Further temperature rise could devastate rice yields in this region due to decreasing photosynthesis at high temperatures

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FAO and World Food Programme to assist farmers in Congo and Nigeria

G AF ATRThe Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up efforts to assist farmers and alleviate hunger in Congo and Nigeria

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ITFC finances US$128.83mn to develop Burkina Faso’s cotton sector

ITFC BUrkinaJeddah-based International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) has signed a US$128.83mn Murabaha Financing Agreement to finance Burkina Faso 2017-2018 Cotton Season with SOFITEX as executing agent

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