Addressing Climate Change: Why Forests Matter?

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  • Over 100 countries included actions related to land-use change and forests in their nationally determined contributions to fight climate change
  • The World Bank is supporting countries in their efforts to harness the potential of forests to reduce poverty, better integrate forests into their economies, and protect and strengthen the environmental role they play
  • Forest-focused initiatives in China, Mexico and Mozambique are showing positive results, but more is needed to accelerate climate action and deliver on the Paris Agreement

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Annual Meetings 2017: join the World Bank Live!

Next week, the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) take place from upcoming October 10 to October 14  in Washington DC. During this meetings the Board of Governs of the attentive organizations will debate in the field of topics associated with poverty reduction, international economic development and finance.

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In order to make these meetings accessible for the wide audience, World bank Live will daily stream several events in different languages such as English, Spanish, French and Arabic.  The subjects of the Flagship events of the Annual Meetings vary from Human Capital Summit to digital economy and education. If you are interested within accompany the dialogues through the broadcast of Worldbank live, check out the whole program here and join the World Bank’s Live online event. You are also able to submit questions before the events. Below you will find a short selection of these upcoming events concurrently with the Annual Meetings 2017.

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Can agriculture create job opportunities for youth?

Technology and the internet are probably the first things that come to mind when you agriculture-youththink about the future of work for young people; not agriculture or farming. This makes historic sense, as agriculture sheds labor when countries develop. And the traditional ways of producing food do not look particularly sexy. Yet, technology and the internet are also opening up opportunities for agriculture, and urbanization and changing diets are calling for new ways to process, market and consume our foods. So, can agriculture provide job opportunities for youth?

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eC2: Ethiopia Malt Barley Supply Chain – Cooperative and Lead Farmer Business Management Training

Deadline:  04-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439

IFC plans to assist a large domestic buyer to increase the quantity of malt barley procured from local smallholder farmers by aggregators such as cooperatives or “lead farmers”. Part of the project includes improving the professionalism of approximately 80 aggregators so that they can function more effectively as businesses and provide better services to their members and/or smallholder farmer clients.

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eC2: GAFSP Uganda Poverty Assessment

Deadline: 05-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is looking for a Consultant to help assess the impact of an investment project in logo_ifcUganda, financed by IFC and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

The project is expected to be a senior loan to a bank in Uganda focused on the micro and small market segments. The purpose of the project is to support the expansion of the banks lending program to micro enterprises owned by women and in the agriculture sector.

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Breaking the Cycle of Crisis

Thirty years ago, a million people in Ethiopia died in one of the worst famines in modern history – a disaster caused by conflict and drought.

Today, conflict and drought are again contributing to a crisis that has put 20 million people in four countries on the brink of famine. This time, Ethiopia is not among them.

Feeding the world from Nigeria, one fish at a time

When I was growing up in rural Nigeria in the ‘80s and ‘90s, agriculture was already a central part of my life.  As a child, I gained farm experience working with my father, who was a veterinarian.  My mother, a teacher, would send me off to school each day with the parting words, “Go out there and be the best amongst equals.”  This is still the motto by which I try to live.

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eC2: Seeds Regulatory Review and Operationalization in Myanmar for Myanmar Agriculture Input Reforms Project

Deadline: 05-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) mozambique_cad-productions_-j_capela_resizednew
WBG is seeking to hire a Firm to review and support needed revisions of the Myanmar Seed Regulatory Framework in order to develop implementing regulations regarding seed certification, licensing and enforcement procedures. As well, the firm shall develop a capacity building program and provide the necessary training to government officials, farmers and members of the private sector.

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eC2: IFC-Cargill Program in Cote dIvoire Endline Study

Deadline: 29-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 

The primary objective of this evaluation are to assess the development impact of the Cargill-IFC programs (ScopeInsight, Coop Academy, and Doni Doni) and to provide information, lessons, and recommendations that can be used to improve the design of future programs.

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Women in Agriculture: The Agents of Change for the Global Food System

Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in developing countries. They scale-750x750.jpgmake up almost half of the world’s farmers, and over the last few decades, they have broadened their involvement in agriculture. The number of female-headed households has also increased as more men have migrated to cities. As the primary caregivers to families and communities, women provide food and nutrition; they are the human link between the farm and the table.

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