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  1. Africa Set for a Massive Free Trade Area

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor, Africa Renewal*Following the unveiling of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018, Africa is about to become the world's largest free trade area: 55 countries merging into a single market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion.

  2. Kenya Looks to Lead the Way in Developing the Blue Economy’s Potential

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    NAIROBI, Nov 15 (IPS) - Ambassador Macharia Kamau is Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Kenya, also the coordinating Ministry of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, 2018.For many years now, the economic potential of the African continent has been discussed, promoted and hailed by everyone from economists to policymakers to world leaders – and with very good reason. After all, Africa is a vast, populous, developing continent with enormous natural and human resource riches and a raft of rapidly developing economies which are helping create prosperity and raise living standards and social opportunities through economic growth.

  3. Q&A: All Sustainable Development Goals Relate in Some Way to the Oceans

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 (IPS) - IPS correspondent Carmen Arroyo interviews PETER THOMSON, United Nation's Special Envoy for the Ocean.When Peter Thomson, the United Nation's Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, heard in 2010 there was going to be a 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, he knew he had to include the ocean question.

  4. Creating Beauty and Worth from Bamboo Enhances the Livelihoods of Ghana’s Artisans

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    KUMASI, Ghana, Nov 12 (IPS) - Yaw Owiredu Mintah from Ghana has been working as an all-round processor of bamboo and rattan trees since the 1980s. And while he says that he can do most things with bamboo like weaving, framing and finishing, he admits, "I need to improve my skills and designs because all of us are, most of the time, doing the same things."

  5. Lack of Funds Prevent Ugandan Communities from Investing in Cage Aquaculture

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    JINJA, Uganda, Nov 12 (IPS) - Colvince Mubiru had heard about cage fish farming on Uganda's lakes. The small business owner decided to try his hand at it and spent USD8,000 to set up farming cages for Nile Tilapia on Lake Victoria, expecting to reap a huge profit. But just six months into his enterprise, he made huge losses.

  6. Bringing Informal Workers to the Forefront of Our Economy

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    MUMBAI, India, Nov 12 (IPS) - With 81 percent of India's employed workforce being in the informal sector, we can't afford to ignore their potential. Here's how entrepreneurship could offer a solution.The image of the ‘struggling' daily wage labourer in India is one that stakeholders from across the development sector aspire to transform. Financial security, quality living conditions, and opportunity to thrive are the buzzwords in a conversation about the needs of this bracket. These workers—usually associated with the informal or unorganised sector—are assumed to represent the outliers of the national economy.

  7. Diversifying Crops to Help Overcome Drought in Brazil

    Friday, November 09, 2018

    SOUSA, Brazil, Nov 09 (IPS) - Dozens of trucks used to leave São Gonçalo every day, carrying the local agricultural production, mainly coconuts, to markets throughout Brazil, including the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, more than 2,000 kilometers away.

  8. Making Agriculture Cool

    Thursday, November 08, 2018

    WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands, Nov 08 (IPS) - At every conference she has attended on the youth, Nawsheen Hosenally has been frustrated to hear that agriculture is not ‘cool'. The 29-year-old graduate in agricultural extension and information systems knew she wanted to do something to redeem the image of agriculture among young people.

  9. Africa’s Giant Blue Economy Potential

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 06 (IPS) - Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa is Japan's Ambassador to Kenya and Siddharth Chatterjee is the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya.With good reason, Africa is excited over the prospects of sharing in the multi-trillion maritime industry, with the continent's Agenda 2063 envisioning the blue economy as a foremost contributor to transformation and growth.

  10. The Caribbean Island of Mayreau Could be Split in Two Thanks to Erosion

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    KINGSTOWN, Nov 06 (IPS) - As a child growing up in Mayreau four decades ago, Filius "Philman" Ollivierre remembers a 70-foot-wide span of land, with the sea on either side that made the rest of the 1.5-square mile island one with Mount Carbuit. 

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