Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Adesina to set up fund for young farmers, agripreneurs with US $250,000 World Food Prize money

US Vice-President praises Laureate, pledges more collaboration on food security

“I am proud as the Governor of Iowa State to proclaim Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.” With these words, the Governor of the State of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, officially named President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, as the 2017 World Food…

Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa |

South Africa and Iran to Host Business Forum in Pretoria

The business forum will address amongst others trade, investment, economic development and industry related issues

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with their Iranian counterparts will host the South Africa-Iran Business Forum at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) offices in Pretoria on Monday, 23 October 2017 from 9am. The forum will be held on the margins of the Joint…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Prevention of Torture: UN human rights body suspends Rwanda visit citing obstructions

The delegation suspended the visit on day five of their planned seven-day mission because of Rwanda’s lack of cooperation

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has suspended a visit to Rwanda due to a series of obstructions imposed by authorities, such as accessing some places of detention, confidentiality of certain interviews and over concerns that some interviewees could face reprisals.     The delegation suspended the…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Mogadishu attack: Emergency Response Update (as of 20 October 2017)

More than 300 people have been confirmed dead, over 300 people injured with nearly 200 people still missing

Following the massive bomb explosion in Mogadishu on 14 October, the Federal Government of Somalia, humanitarian organizations, the UN, NGOs, donors, the private sector, member states and civil society organizations have stepped up search and rescue efforts, including providing urgent life-saving assistance through the government-led emergency response center. Assistance provided…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

United Nations and World Council of Churches Consultation issues communique on sustainable peace in Burundi

They examined the current situation in Burundi as well as the role of religious leaders and their contribution to enhance peace, security and reconciliation in the country

A consultation in Arusha, Tanzania, has issued a communique entitled “Sustainable Peace in Burundi.” The meeting, organized by the World Council of Churches and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, drew together Burundian religious leaders on 18-19 October. Representatives from the Roman Catholic Church,…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

United States Agency for International Development and Ghana Government Foster Private sector-led Economic Growth through Partnerships

The Seventh Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness event draws private sector investment and encourages the sustainable growth of agribusinesses in Ghana

Recognized as the largest annual gathering of farmers, buyers, manufacturers, government officials, development partners and financial institutions, the Seventh Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness event draws private sector investment and encourages the sustainable growth of agribusinesses in Ghana. On October 19, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

UK provides urgent lifesaving aid to victims of escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has called for the international community to act now and not forget the millions of people displaced by increasing levels of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Ms. Patel’s call came as she announced vital lifesaving support for hundreds of thousands of victims of political insecurity and increasing levels of violence in the DRC. The crisis has forced 3.8 million people to flee their homes, resulting in widespread malnutrition, disease and suffering in many regions of the…

Source: Embassy of Denmark in Ghana |

The Ghanaian Heat is on in Denmark

The new Ghanaian ambassador to Denmark, H.E. Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa, is excited that Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark has chosen Ghana as the destination for her first official visit to Africa

The new Ghanaian ambassador to Denmark, H.E. Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa, is excited that Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark has chosen Ghana as the destination for her first official visit to Africa for 10 years. “This is the first royal visit to Ghana since HM Queen Elisabeth of UK visited…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Singapore |

Visit by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman to South Africa, 17 to 19 October 2017

Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman attended the 17th Council of Ministers Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association in Durban, South Africa on 18 October 2017

Senior Minister of State (SMS), Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman attended the 17th Council of Ministers Meeting (COMM) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in Durban, South Africa on 18 October 2017. The 17th COMM reviewed the progress by IORA and discussed…