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Defying Desertification: Feeding Populations without Plundering the Planet

Rainforest in Costa Rica: Feeding Populations without Plundering the Planet
In the global quest to feed a rapidly global population, some modes of farming and food production are damaging the environment and stripping the earth of valuable nutrients and minerals. Ahead of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we look at the worldwide search for sustainable ways to produce food, while protecting the planet.
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On the Ground

Morocco is Making Moves in Cinema by Streaming on the Small Screen

cinema marocain Aflamin
In Morocco, dozens of cinemas have closed over the years, plunging the film industry into crisis. But up-and-coming directors, writers and actors have contributed to a resurgence of cinema. So too have streaming services like Aflamin, a Moroccan streaming platform and winner of the 2023 AFD Digital Challenge, which aims to make cinema accessible to all.
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On the Ground

Providing Fortified Foods and Tackling Hunger with Local Companies

Entreprise sociale Madagascar
Despite advances towards food security in Africa over the past decade, ensuring a sufficient supply of healthy food for all remains a major challenge. Armed conflict has strangled supply lines, particularly in parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Local companies however, can sometimes pick up the slack and produce nutritious foods, particularly when they're helped to scale up their work.
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On the Ground

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tea: Combating Counterfeits and Protecting a Prized Industry

Thé Sri Lanka Clear Media
Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed drink on the planet. And although Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top producers of the beverage, counterfeit products threaten the country’s own Ceylon tea industry. In a project backed by AFD and the Sri Lanka Tea Board, tea producers are working to obtain a special certification to protect an industry employing more than 2.5 million people. On World Tea Day, we look at how a Geographical Indication could turn things around.
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AFD News

The Results are in: AFD Boosted Climate Action and Maintained its Sustainable Financing in 2023

Résultats 2023
Despite rising geopolitical tensions in 2023, AFD Group financed several hundred new projects worth more than €11 billion. What’s more, the Group’s financial commitment to finance climate action rose by 25%, and hit its biodiversity target two years ahead of schedule. With last year's results released this week, we take a look at the highlights.
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“The EU will continue to assert its Geopolitical Influence after the Elections”

europe AFD election Union
EU citizens will be voting for their European Parliament representatives in the elections from June 6 to June 9. What impact will these elections have on Europe’s development policies? What role does the European Union play in development? We discuss these questions and more with Anna Lipchitz, AFD Group’s Head of European Affairs.
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AFD and the World Bank, Partners for Greater Impact

La Banque Mondiale à Washington
AFD Group is the leading bilateral financing partner of the World Bank Group (WBG) in terms of the number of projects backed together. With $30 billion invested in co-financing and parallel financing, the two public banks are helping to scale up the most promising programs worldwide.
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