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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

Ethiopia
World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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On the Ground

Passing Traditional Knowledge from Mother to Child, to Protect the Environment

De la mère à la terre
Traditional knowledge passed on from mother to daughter can help future generations tackle the consequences of global warming, but such knowledge is in danger of being lost. On International Women's Day, we look at the project “De la Mère à la Terre” (from Mother to Earth), which highlights the work these women are doing to protect the environment, and the obstacles in their way.
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Impacts

The Commons: Unleashing its Potential Across Africa

Assemblée Bénin
“The Commons” are shared resources managed independently by a community. To what extent do they contribute to objectives of general interest? How can public bodies safeguard these resources? The co-authors of the book “The Commons: Drivers of Change and Opportunities for Africa”, along with researchers, political scientists and field operators, discussed these questions earlier this month.
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Interview

Fighting for Female Farmers in West Africa

Marie-Paule Okri with farmers she supports © Ivorian League for Women’s Rights
In Côte d’Ivoire, two-thirds of rural women work in agriculture, but as many as 75% of them live below the poverty line. They also face physical and other forms of violence. For the past three years, the Ivorian League for Women’s Rights has been tackling these problems, and providing support for women, particularly in rural areas. For her work, co-founder Marie-Paule Okri has just received the Simone de Beauvoir Award for Women’s Freedom 2024 in Paris.
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5 Flagship Projects that are Restoring Nature around the Planet

projets restauration de la nature AFD
Close to 40% of the world’s land is degraded, according to the UN, which has made the need to protect biodiversity all the more urgent. AFD Group is convinced that biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change go hand in hand, as we contribute to efforts to restore nature across the planet. Five flagship projects show how.
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On the Ground

Helping Mexican Farmers Protect Coffee Crops and Improve Quality

Café Mexique
Mexico's Chiapas state is famous for its coffee farms, but small farmers have to contend with a host of challenges, from pest control and the vagaries of global markets to the growing impact of climate change. Such difficulties adversely affect farmers’ crops and their livelihoods. AFD is supporting 3800 farmers in their effort to make coffee farming more sustainable.
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Interview

School Canteens: Part of “the Biggest Social Protection Plan in the World”

Cantines scolaires
The first global meeting of the School Meals Coalition took place this week, as part of an urgent effort to improve school canteens and expand children’s access to regular, healthy meals. And as we find out in this interview with AFD experts in education, agriculture and development, the initiative is about far more than food.
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Impacts

Holistic Forest Conservation in Madagascar: Is it Working?

Lémurien Madagascar
The lush forests of Madagascar are home to a bewildering variety of wildlife and biodiversity. But they are threatened by deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats. The Holistic Forest Conservation Project has begun to reverse the damage, not only by replanting trees, but also by helping reform detrimental forms of development.
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Decoding

5 Ways to Deal with Drought in Africa and Beyond

sécheresse champ eau climat agriculture Afrique ASARIGG
As climate change exacerbates droughts and makes countries’ water supplies even more unpredictable, development projects in Africa are using a growing number of anti-drought techniques such as wastewater reuse, groundwater recharge and agroforestry. Such innovative techniques could be applied in other regions threatened by water shortages, whether for direct human and animal consumption or for farming and industry.
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On the Ground

Setting up School Canteens to Stop Kids from Dropping Out

Enfants Burundi
The lack of school canteens can have serious repercussions for children, their education and their lives, from undernourishment and fatigue at school, to dropping out altogether. In Burundi's province of Muyinga, the Twige Neza project will create school canteens serving some 50,000 children over a period of three years.
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On the Ground

Working with Brazilian Communities to Protect the region’s Vast & Vulnerable Grasslands

Pampa grasslands Brazil
An ambitious agreement has been signed to protect the vast fertile grasslands covering an area of some one million km2 across the Southern Cone of Latin America, known as the Pampas. AFD and its partners are backing the innovative project to protect the veritable cradle of biodiversity, which will benefit both the residents and wildlife that live and depend on it.
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In brief

Ethiopia: Planting Seeds for Food Security after two years of War

grains semences Ethiopie
Soil is the stuff of life – and it’s one of the first things to be affected by armed conflict. So Ethiopia’s first priority following the two-year Tigray war that ended last November is to ready the fields and resume farming. After the signing of an AFD and EU-backed project, the first seeds are being distributed again in the country’s Tigray and Amhara regions.
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How AFD Group's Projects Protect, Preserve and Restore Biodiversity

Surrounded by Mangroves in Gabon's Akanda National park, a nature-based protector of biodiversity
AFD Group finances hundreds of projects that preserve and restore biodiversity around the planet. From the protection of precious rain forests in Latin America, to the preservation of marine life in Africa and across the Pacific region, it's all part of the Group’s growing financial commitment to safeguarding nature, which is on track to double to €1 billion by 2025. In the approach to this year's International Day of Biological Diversity, we look at some of AFD's flagship initiatives.
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Decoding

Africa's Great Green Wall: Restoring Land for Food Security

GGW
The Great Green Wall, the largest living structure on the planet, stretches some 8,000 km across Africa from Mali and Senegal to Sudan. Backed by AFD, eleven countries are working to reverse desertification, enhance land restoration, and promote revenue-generating activities to ensure food security. In a detailed infographic, we shed light on three countries that have stepped up their efforts since 2021: Mauritania, Chad and Ethiopia.
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On the Ground

Reinventing the “Venice of Africa”

Ganvié cité lacustre du Bénin
In the south of Benin, in the lake village of Ganvié, buildings are perched on stilts, and traffic consists not of cars, but canoes. Yet the the picturesque site known as the “Venice of Africa" is being threatened by the combined effects of climate change, pollution and a growing population. AFD Group is supporting moves to protect the area, in a project known as “Reinventing the Lake Village of Ganvié."
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Decoding

Overseas Development Assistance on the Rise – 8 Things to Know about ODA

Cape Town
Numbers released by OECD this week reveal that Official Development Assistance in 2022 from official donors rose to an all-time high of $204 billion. The more than 13% increase from the previous year is one of the biggest rises ever. France’s ODA rose to just under $16 billion, making it the world’s fifth largest donor, and at 0.56% of GNI, French aide surpassed the government’s target of 0.55%. So what does it all mean? Who is involved, and what are they doing on the ground? We explain.
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Ethiopia: Reviving Agriculture in Areas Afflicted by Conflict

Un agriculteur en Éthiopie
The two-year civil war that wracked Ethiopia until last fall claimed tens of thousands of lives and destroyed vast swathes of the natural environment. It also wreaked havoc on food security and agriculture, which accounts for about 80% of employment. A new AFD and EU-backed project aims to help undo the damage. We speak to Dagnachew Lule at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Transformation to find out more.
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