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Defying Desertification: Feeding Populations without Plundering the Planet

Rainforest in Costa Rica: Feeding Populations without Plundering the Planet
In the 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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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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3 Questions for…

“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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On the Ground

Restoring Ancient Artefacts, Protecting Pakistan’s Heritage and Boosting the Economy

Fort Lahore, Pakistan
A centuries-old fort and home to some of Pakistan’s most storied heritage has fallen victim to unchecked urban growth and years of decay. But it’s getting a new lease of life. AFD is backing fresh efforts to restore the World Heritage Site and major attraction, which will be a boon for tourism and the country’s economy as a whole. On World Heritage Day, we take a closer look.
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The Degradation of Ecosystems in Africa

ecosystemes environnement Afrique nature forêt savane
A recent study by experts from AFD and the Sahel and Sahara Observatory confirms that several countries in Africa are suffering from severe ecological degradation. The findings are detailed in the fifth edition of L’Économie africaine (“African Economies”), and shed light on a worrying and rapidly spreading phenomenon.
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3 Questions for…

Tanzania: Improving Cancer Treatment with More Health Professionals and Better Facilities

Tanzanie Aga Khan cancer lutte hopital médecine
While cancer treatment is improving in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, countries like Tanzania still lack the necessary facilities to provide adequate care. But the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project or TCCP, is producing major results, from improved screening rates to the training of hundreds of health professionals in both the public and private sector. On World Health Day, and as the campaign comes to a close, we take stock with Dr. Alain Fourquet, former head of Radiotherapy Oncology at the Curie Institute.
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Using Sports for Children to Learn Lifelong Lessons of Reconciliation in Kosovo

Ecole Pristina
The armed and bloody conflict that scarred the Western Balkans in the 1990s damaged relations between communities across the region, and it has taken years to forge new bonds. AFD is working with its partners to help, using sports with young people to build bridges. Youth are the vulnerable heirs to the Balkan wars of yesteryear, but they’re also ambassadors for reconciliation. We report from a school in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.
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