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Virginia Tech Researcher Sounded Alert on Nigeria's 'Tomato Emergency' by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 21, 2016 11:27 PM
The invasive pest Tuta absoluta, also known as the South American tomato leafminer, caused crop losses in Nigeria that created a surge in pricing and inspired the term "tomato emergency."
Climate Change Dramatically Disrupting Nature from Genes to Ecosystems – Study by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 21, 2016 11:25 PM
Gland, Switzerland, 10 November, 2016 (IUCN) – Global changes in temperature have already impacted every aspect of life on Earth from genes to entire ecosystems, with increasingly worrying consequences for humans – according to a new study co-authored by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Climate Change Specialist Group (SSC CCSG), published today in the journal Science.
Yawanawa Indigenous Leaders Tell Their Comeback Story At TEDWomen 2016 by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:21 AM
The Yawanawa tribe of the Amazon rainforest are in the midst of a rebirth, one that involves access to education, leadership roles for women and economic projects that sustainably utilize forest resources. The Yawanawa people’s journey back from the brink involves a life plan that guides them in preserving their territory and traditions, and fighting climate change in the process. At a TEDWoman talk today, the Yawanawa people tell their story.
Deadly Shade of Green: New report reveals scale of threat to environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Latin America by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:19 AM
Latin America is, by far, the most dangerous region in the world for environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs). The murder of campaigner Berta Cáceres in March reverberated worldwide, but a new report by ARTICLE 19, CIEL, and Vermont Law School, A Deadly Shade of Green, reveals this to be only the tip of the iceberg, documenting an atmosphere of violence and physical threats, as well as surveillance, spurious charges, and arbitrary detention, across the region.
Improving Malaria Diagnosis and Care in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:17 AM
The Ivanhoe-Fio Project, sponsored by Ivanhoe Mines, is a collaborative initiative introducing new, leading-edge technology in the Democratic Republic of Congo to improve the quality of malaria data and diagnosis.
Making Blue Swimming Crab Fishing Sustainable in Vietnam by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:40 PM
Many locals rely on fishing for these crabs as a source of income. But, as one fisher noted, it’s grown more and more difficult to earn a living this way in recent years. As international demand for the meat from this crab grows, so too does the number of box trap and bottom-gillnet fishers swooping into the region from other provinces to get a share of the profit. And without proper regulations and detailed data, overharvesting the crab population is a very real threat.
East Java communities show the power of working together by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:38 PM
Communities in the mountains and rainforests of the East Java regency of Probolinggo are forging ahead in Indonesia’s battle against deforestation and destruction of natural forests.
Release: Degraded Land in Latin America Could Yield Billions if Restored, Shows New Report by Christin VanZant — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:37 PM
New analysis shows that restoration of degraded and deforested land represents a major investment opportunity for governments, investors, farmers and landowners.
Of Milk And Money: How Agroforestry Is Reshaping The Kenyan Countryside by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 30, 2016 08:50 PM
Consumer-facing companies like Danone and Mars have pledged to slash their greenhouse-gas emissions, in part by purging deforestation from their supply chains – a process that requires helping hundreds of thousands of farmers change the way they grow their crops. In this series, we’ll take a deep dive into the Kenyan milk market, and see how the revival of agroforestry is restoring soils – and may slow climate change.
Fishing Communities in Ghana to Benefit from Micro-Insurance by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 30, 2016 08:47 PM
The micro-insurance product, called the Fishers’ Future Plan, is designed for the 200,000 fishermen engaged in fishing and the 27,000 women involved in fish processing and marketing in Ghana.
Katoomba (14th) Meeting on Payments for Ecosystem Services by Mike Colby — last modified Oct 26, 2016 05:43 AM
This was the first of several Katoomba activities to be co-sponsored by USAID's Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade Bureau/Office of Natural Resources, under the 5-year TransLinks program led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and its 2009 Standing Forests Conservation Markets Initiative co-led by partner Forest Trends.
Excess capture requires measures to protect Southern Brazil’s tainha (mullet) stock by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:54 PM
Study conducted by Oceana in collaboration with top experts in the field concluded that tainha (mullet) fishing in coastal areas of Southern and Southeastern Brazil needs new limits for the stock to be protected.
CSU helping to establish electricity in East Africa by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:52 PM
CSU has assembled a team including engineering, agriculture, business, social science and economics to tackle more than just electrification, but electrification coupled with holistic development of these remote rural communities. CSU is engaging heavily in Rwanda to make these solutions a reality, including shared laboratory facilities and a cross-disciplinary R&D program.
RELEASE: Secure Land Rights in Amazon Brings Billions in Economic and Climate Benefits, Says New WRI Report by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:48 PM
Analysis of Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia finds land rights for indigenous communities key to sustainable economic development, slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.
ABCG Career Opportunities October 2016 by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 19, 2016 05:37 PM
A list of ABCG career opportunities.
Afghanistan Holds National Gender Summit by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:53 PM
A national summit on gender equality was recently held in Afghanistan that brought together activist and civil society groups to set priorities and establish coalitions.
Saving Cambodia's Ecosystem — One Click at a Time by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:47 PM
A complicated digital tool is about to be unveiled. It was planned and tested for months, was carefully conceived and designed with detailed stakeholder feedback and consultation. It could make a real difference in the health of Cambodia’s fragile ecosystems. The internet performed, and the tool wowed the crowd. Every day for a week of rigorous meetings and training sessions, the instrument was put through its paces. And everyone from Cambodian government ministers to students to representatives of NGOs learned to use it — passing their final exams with scores of 80 percent or higher.
Study Finds Fiji’s Fishing Communities Struggling In Wake of Cyclone Winston by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:44 PM
NEW YORK (October 5, 2016) – Fishing-dependent communities in Fiji experienced decreased food security and loss of livelihoods in the wake of Cyclone Winston, according to a post-disaster survey conducted by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
The Asháninka People Of The Amazon Are Saving The Forest, And Doing It Their Way by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2016 09:34 PM
A quarter-century ago, the Asháninka people reclaimed a portion of their ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest and embarked on a journey toward self-rule and sustainable development – sparking in the process the creation of an indigenous ecosystem services protocol that could have repercussions for indigenous people across the Amazon.
Capacity Building for Mongolian MEGDT: Biodiversity and Conservation in the southern Gobi Desert by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2016 09:27 PM
The Mongolian Gobi region is part of the largest steppe ecosystem in the world that supports its historic wildlife assemblage, including long distance wildlife migrations, as well as traditional nomadic pastoralism. The region currently supports 33 animals listed as nationally threatened or endangered, including the world’s largest remaining populations of Khulan (Equus hemionus), Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), Goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa), wild Bactrian camel (Camelus ferus) and Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica).
China’s Hongmu Consumption Boom by Christin VanZant — last modified Oct 03, 2016 09:20 PM
Last month, Bloomberg published an article on China's demand for furniture produced from illegally sourced and highly endangered rosewood, highlighting Forest Trends’ work on illegal deforestation and associated timber trade flows. The article is based on the Chinese Customs data which Forest Trends has been compiling and analyzing as a key element of Forest Trends’ work program.
Fighting Wildlife Crime With Science And Technology by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 30, 2016 11:53 PM
It’s hard to imagine a world without majestic wildlife roaming Africa’s savannahs. More and more, however, the unimaginable seems to be taking root - and it is unsettling beyond belief.
RELEASE: Kenya Commits to Restore 5.1 Million Hectares of Land Based on New National Opportunity Maps by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 28, 2016 01:33 PM
Through global initiatives like the Bonn Challenge and regional initiatives like the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), Kenya is now the 13th African country to commit to bringing over 46 million hectares of land into restoration by 2030.
Borlaug Fellow Tackles Post-Harvest Loss in Ghana by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 27, 2016 11:54 AM
Post-harvest losses “represent a huge mass of food that could be made available for resource-poor people without additional use of land, seed, labor, water and other inputs,” Sugri explained. Nearly half of the estimated increase in food needs between today and 2050 could be met immediately through improved storage and handling techniques.
Illegal Traders Using Social Media to Sell Protected Birds Arrested in Indonesia by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 21, 2016 08:57 PM
MN began selling protected animals through Facebook and Blackberry messenger in 2015. According to the WCU’s investigation, he was an active supplier to buyers in Java of protected species such as knobbed hornbill, cockatoos and lories, and of protected animal parts.
To #EndHunger, Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteers Support Feed the Future Initiatives in Bangladesh Through Technical Expertise by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 21, 2016 08:54 PM
In Bangladesh, the Farmer-to-Farmer Program engages skilled American volunteers to provide training and technical assistance to support youth entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector and to strengthen agricultural education and training institutions. Six Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers have supported four Feed the Future projects in Bangladesh.
Pact and Chevron launch integrated program to fight HIV and AIDS in Nigeria by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 13, 2016 12:41 AM
In 2012, at any one time in the impoverished, flood-prone Niger Delta of Nigeria, about 100,000 women were pregnant and most of them did not know their HIV status. Pact and Chevron launched PROMOT I, working toward a sustainable, community-based, government-supported PMTCT outreach program in Baylesa State that would help turn the tide against the disease.
Largest Gorilla Subspecies Declared Critically Endangered by IUCN Red List by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 13, 2016 12:39 AM
Announcement made at World Conservation Congress currently meeting in Hawaii. Data released earlier this year by WCS and FFI showed a 77 percent collapse due to illegal hunting and civil unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo. Fewer than 4,000 Grauer's gorillas remain. Conservationists hopeful that new designation will raise profile of imperiled ape.
Worldagroforestry-In Kenya, farmers see early rewards from adding legumes and trees to their farms by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 06, 2016 05:41 PM
Less than a year after supplying farmers with legume seeds and fertilizer tree seedlings, the Legume CHOICE project team caught up with farmers and traders in Kisii and Migori counties of Kenya. The farmers were already enjoying the benefits and were keen to scale up.
ADVISORY: Kenya to Announce Restoration Commitment and Launch National Opportunity Maps by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 06, 2016 05:39 PM
Landscape restoration is a great opportunity for Kenya’s people and lands, and builds on the tradition of the Green Belt Movement. Trees play an important role in landscapes, helping to provide multiple ecosystem services such as stabilizing soils, providing important habitat for wildlife, as well as keeping soils fertile for agricultural use. By introducing more trees into landscapes through landscape restoration, whether as natural forests or as mixed agroforestry systems, and through better land management practices, degradation can be reversed, reestablishing restoring productivity and resilience. Kenya is the first African country to do a comprehensive national restoration opportunity assessment that was then used to inform their commitment to the Bonn Challenge and AFR100. The assessment is reflected in the National Opportunity Maps that will launch at the event.
New School Will Teach The Ways Of The Water Fund In Ecuador by Christin VanZant — last modified Sep 06, 2016 05:37 PM
Nature and Culture International is establishing Ecuador’s first water school, an institution created to train municipal water workers in the skills required to join and administer a water fund. The water fund model continues to experience success in managing Latin America’s stressed water resources and the school is meant to help scale up its use.
ABCG Updated 8-29-2016 Career Opportunities by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 02, 2016 07:38 PM
A list of ABCG career opportunities.
Expanding Access to Land Services in Zambia by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 30, 2016 02:52 PM
Tetra Tech, through the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project, is adapting and extending the existing information system and tools used by the Zambia Ministry of Health and community health officers to promote the expansion of access to land services to the village level by leveraging a tool the community has experience using—mobile technology.
Keen-nosed Canines In Tanzania Help Nab Poacher With Elephant Ivory by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 30, 2016 02:51 PM
Under the guidance of WCS and Wagtail UK Ltd., the newly deployed team of specially trained dogs and handlers from Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA) can detect a variety of illegal wildlife products, arms and ammunition.
Education in South Sudan: Breaking down barriers, building safe spaces by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 30, 2016 02:48 PM
Winrock International is working to provide more than 800,000 children in South Sudan with access to safe education. Through the USAID-funded Room to Learn project, we have established community advocacy groups to support and mentor girls, and help them achieve their full potential.
ABCG Career Opportunities Mid August 2016 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 17, 2016 11:34 PM
A compilation of ABCG career opportunities.
Tech Industry Leaders Join Forces against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Online by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 17, 2016 10:53 PM
On World Elephant Day, online companies unite against wildlife cybercriminals by adopting measures to fight illegal wildlife trade
ABCG Jobs & Career Opportunities August 2016 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 11, 2016 10:17 PM
A compilation of career opportunities
New Report Urges African Governments to Increase Sustainable Agricultural Practices by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:41 PM
According to the report, the impacts of climate change pose a high risk to African food security and economic growth. Agricultural activities employ between 60 and 90 percent of the African workforce and account for as much as 40 percent of total export earnings. The millions of smallholder farmers, who own less than one hectare of land, are especially vulnerable to increases in temperatures and extreme weather events. Authors warn that hunger and child malnutrition could increase by 20 percent by the year 2050, effectively reversing the gains of the Millennium Development Goals efforts and jeopardizing the success of the Sustainable Development Goals, COP21 commitments, and the Malabo Declaration.
RELEASE: World Leaders Meet in Bonn to Inspire Global Action on Forest Landscape Restoration by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:39 PM
The Council is meeting on July 20 and 21 in the neighborhood of Bad Godesberg in Bonn. Its members are internationally prominent and renowned public figures. Among them are the former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, the human rights and climate change activist Bianca Jagger and the Chairperson of the African Green Belt Movement, Wanjira Mathai. The Council is working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) to achieve the international goals for forest restoration.
RELEASE: New Champions 12.3 Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:37 PM
30 CEOs, government ministers, global institution executives, and civil society leaders will increase political and social momentum to achieve Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
New Opportunities for Agriculture, Kosovo by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:35 PM
Tetra Tech contributes to Kosovo’s economic growth through agricultural diversification, export development, and import substitution, focusing on 10 potential value chains.
Plummeting commodity prices increase risk of ‘conflict minerals’ in consumer electronic devices by Christin VanZant — last modified Aug 09, 2016 03:33 PM
Prices for tin, tungsten, and tantalum – 3T minerals that are used in all smartphones, computers, and airliners – have plummeted over the past year. While miners all over the world face the same price squeeze, the impact is magnified in central Africa where producers have to meet exceptionally strict requirements for due diligence if they are to trade on the international market. Central African miners and traders are at a commercial disadvantage and have to cut their own cost, including levies that self-fund the system during normal market conditions.
Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes Are Transforming This Malawi Community by USAID Land Team Guest — last modified Jun 08, 2016 04:02 PM
In Malawi, farmers are beating hunger and vitamin A deficiency.
Celebrating Mothers Around the World 2016 by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 09, 2016 12:18 AM
Today, we’re celebrating mothers around the world for all they do for their families, communities, and countries. Today and every day, we are grateful for the many mothers and other women whose strength and resilience keep our families and communities together.
USAID, Partners Announce Winners of Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, Sourcing Science and Technology Solutions to Halt Illegal Wildlife Trade | Press Release | U.S. Agency for International Development by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 19, 2016 11:26 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners have announced 16 prize winners under the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. USAID will award $10,000 to each winner and provide technical support to help them advance their solutions to stamp out illegal trade in wildlife. Winners are eligible to compete for one of four Grand Prizes worth as much as $500,000. USAID will use Grand Prizes to target and invest in the most promising solutions.
ABCG: Jobs and Career Opportunities - October 2015 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 19, 2016 11:19 AM
In This Issue: Web Design Spec. - CI; Dev. Director - CI; Manager - JGI; Fisheries Officer - TNC; CoP - WCS; Tech. Assistant - WRI; Manager - WWF; Youth Forum - IFAW; Water and Health - CI; LandMark Platform - WRI; EFN Grants - WWF.
Project Promises Hardy Maize for Africa by Anna Woltman — last modified Apr 08, 2016 02:39 PM
STMA plans to develop, produce and promote 70 stress-tolerant varieties across 12 target countries, and aims to put improved maize varieties in the hands of nearly five-and-a-half million smallholder households by the end of 2019.
Angola grapples with worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years by Anna Woltman — last modified Apr 01, 2016 12:11 AM
Angola is grappling with a yellow fever outbreak, which has infected more than 450 people and killed 178 – the first epidemic of the disease to hit the country in 30 years.
This World TB Day, Unite to End TB by Anna Woltman — last modified Mar 26, 2016 12:35 AM
On March 17, just ahead of World TB Day, more than 300 people, including advocates, TB survivors, and global health leaders, engaged in the fight against TB, came together in Washington, D.C., at a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) event to celebrate progress and renew their commitments to ending the TB epidemic.
ABCG: Jobs and opportunities February 2016 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 03, 2016 07:37 PM
In This Issue: Policy Advisor - WCS-AHEAD; Sr. Researcher - WRI; Research Spec. - DAI; Advisor - Tetra Tech; Bight Award - Stanford; P.A. Training - Earthwatch.
VEGA: Announcing Farmer-to-Farmer PDP in Ghana - Request for Applications by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 03, 2016 07:14 PM
The VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance) Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project (SPSP) is seeking applicants for a Program Development Project (PDP) to implement a Ghana Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems Strengthening Project (SPSSP).
ABCG Jobs & Career Opportunities: November 2015 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 16, 2015 11:29 PM
In This Issue:Management Officer - AWF; Sr. IT Mgr. - CI; Proj. Mgr. - TNC; LE Advisor - WCS; Regional Coordinator - WRI; Prog. Admin. - WWF; Fuller Symposium - WWF; MPhil. - Cambridge U; Proj. Leader - TRAFFIC; Grad. Scholarships - U Oxford
Defending Women's Rights in Tajikistan by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 13, 2015 07:39 PM
In Tajikistan, a group of female farmers fight for equal treatment under the law and the right to own and work their land.
Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition through Dairy Production by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 13, 2015 07:37 PM
USAID's Livestock Market Development project is part of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative with a goal to end hunger and end malnourishment and chronic undernourishment. Project Mercy established a 350-acre dairy farm in the Chacha area for its good grazing and water supply to cross breed Ethiopian indigenous cattle with the Jersey breed for increased milk production.
Global Handwashing Day: October 15, 2015 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Oct 16, 2015 12:41 AM
Happy Global Handwashing Day from the Global Health Bureau and Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau at USAID!
Update: RIPL Selects Ghana for Development of Socially Responsible Investment Playbooks by Portal Web Editor — last modified Oct 08, 2015 03:15 AM
Landesa's Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) project has selected Ghana as its second focus country for the development of how-to-guides, called "Playbooks," to support equitable and socially responsible land-related investments. The Playbooks will provide practical guidance tailored to investors, governments, and smallholders and communities to help each actor better understand and implement international best practices for land-related investment and commodity procurement, including those outlined in the Voluntary Guidelines and AU Guiding Principles.
Just Released: USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 29, 2015 04:58 PM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the release of its Vision for Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) 2015–2019. The Vision will guide USAID’s work and investment focus to evidence-based HSS approaches that contribute to positive health outcomes and help create an environment for universal health coverage.
Just Launched: Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 29, 2015 02:26 AM
This weekend, world leaders and the international community gathered at the U.N. to adopt the next set of global goals to end poverty and ensure a world of extreme possibilities.​ The United States supports the vision for development represented by the global goals and the new tools and approaches.
News - Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 29, 2015 02:25 AM
The goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths is within reach. Speeding up adoption of the highest impact interventions could save 15 million children and 600,000 mothers through 2020.
Just Released: Global Health Programs Report for FY 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 20, 2015 03:20 PM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the release of its “Annual Progress Report to Congress: Global Health Programs FY 2014.” The report presents a summary of USAID’s key global health accomplishments during the previous fiscal year. From improving children’s nutrition to supporting antiretroviral treatment for millions of individuals, USAID programs had a great impact in 2014.
ABCG: Jobs and Career Opportunities - September, 2015 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Sep 13, 2015 05:32 PM
In This Issue: Climate Mgr. - AWF; Regional Comliance Ofr. - CI; Global Diversity Dir. - TNC; Country Finance Dir. - WCS; Research Spec. - Env. Inc.; Research Assoc. - UVA; Comm. Assist. - SCIF
Mekong Institute, USAID Launch Lower Mekong Food Security Donor Database by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 25, 2015 11:04 PM
BANGKOK, June 29, 2015 – Today, the Mekong Institute (MI) and the United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) launched the online Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Food Security Donor Mapping Database to promote enhanced cooperation and coordination among donors and funding organizations.
USAID Announces Groundbreaking Online Training for Global Health Workforce by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 25, 2015 11:02 PM
For Immediate Release Monday, June 1, 2015: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development and partners from the public and private sector announced a new comprehensive online library of resources for training health workers across the globe. This is the first-ever resource that will be freely available and accessible through internet-enabled mobile devices. The online library, called ORB, has the potential to support 100,000 frontline health workers by 2017 who are delivering services to more than 10 million women and children around the world.
RIPL: A How-To for Responsible Investment in Tanzania by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 19, 2015 06:07 PM
Landesa's Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) project has selected Tanzania as its first focus country for the development of "Playbooks" to support equitable and socially responsible land-related investments. The Playbooks will serve as "how-to" guides for investors, governments, and communities engaged in land acquisition and commodity procurement to help each actor better understand and implement international best practices, such as those outlined in the Voluntary Guidelines and AU Guiding Principles.
World Population Day – July 11, 2015 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 15, 2015 10:35 PM
On July 11, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the global community in commemoration of World Population Day.
Happy Father's Day to Fathers around the World! by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 22, 2015 01:28 AM
On Father's Day, we salute men and recognize their essential role in families - in finance, health, education and much more.
Helping Babies Breathe Trains 300,000 Health Workers to Save Newborn Lives by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 15, 2015 05:31 PM
The World Health Organization estimates 1 million newborns die each year from birth asphyxia – the inability to breathe immediately after delivery. Between 2010 and 2015, the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Global Development Alliance, an innovative public-private partnership, helped to train nearly 300,000 health workers in 77 countries to save newborns within the first minute of life.
New Report: Status of Climate Finance and REDD+ Under the UNFCCC by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 15, 2015 05:29 PM
We are pleased to announce the recent release of the report Status of Climate Finance and REDD+ Under the UNFCCC.
Seeking Applications: A New Opportunity to Advance Community Health by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 15, 2015 05:29 PM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is launching a new opportunity to advance community health in policies and systems in order to accelerate progress toward ending preventable child and maternal deaths, achieving an AIDS-free generation, and other goals in health and sustainable development. The Integrating Community Health Annual Program Statement will strengthen the role of community health approaches to support countries to achieve and sustain effective coverage of high-impact health and nutrition interventions at scale.
The REDD Desk Market Analysis by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 23, 2015 02:23 PM
The Global Canopy Programme and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Forest Carbon Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program, in collaboration with Forest Trends, are happy to announce the launch of a new platform on the REDD desk dedicated to the analysis of markets for REDD+
USAID FRAMEgram: Looking Back: 10 Years of Sharing Knowledge for Better Natural Resource Management across the Globe by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 19, 2015 04:16 PM
In conceiving FRAMEweb, USAID envisioned a platform that would foster knowledge sharing between practitioners regardless of where they are-in the field or in a central office-enriching development efforts with new avenues for collaboration. In its 10th year, FRAMEweb has come to connect practitioners in even the most remote areas, particularly those affected by global environmental challenges such as natural disaster, food security, and climate change, allowing them to mutually learn on-the-ground solutions to similar environmental drivers. In this issue we celebrate its achievements as well as explore other opportunities and resources for sharing knowledge around NRM.
Farming is not gender neutral - Q & A with Ann Tutwiler by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 16, 2015 07:40 PM
On the eve of a major conference on closing the gender gap in farming under climate change, we catch up with Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International and a speaker at the conference.
ABCG Jobs and Opportunities May 2015 by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 11, 2015 12:47 AM
In This Issue: AWF- Manager, WLE; CI - Comms. Officer; JGI - Project Officer; TNC - Director, Phila.; WRI - Land Rights Assoc.; WWF - Cons. Manager; USFS - Advisor; Env. Incentives - Comms. Officer
USAID Announces Additional Assistance for Nepal Earthquake Response by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 29, 2015 02:12 AM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $9 million in assistance for the Nepal earthquake response and recovery efforts, bringing total USAID humanitarian funding to $10 million. USAID has also activated search and rescue teams from Fairfax County, VA and Los Angeles County, CA as part of its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
USAID Launches Program to Engage Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Niger by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 17, 2015 04:30 PM
Today, the United States Government, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the launch of “YAWWA,” a 3-year, $1.9 Million project that will seek to empower social innovators and entrepreneurs in Niger to develop and act upon innovative and practical solutions to development problems.
Remarks by USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia Mission Director Michael Yates at the Gender Lens Investment Luncheon by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 17, 2015 04:30 PM
Under a new $400,000 investment, USAID will partner with Asian and U.S.-based organizations to identify key data gaps in some of the opportunities highlighted today, such as investing in women entrepreneurs in ASEAN, or investments in Indian women and girls’ impact businesses. Through additional analysis, we can better understand the long-term impacts of investments on both investors and society – and with that understanding, can work smarter, moving forward.
PACE Initiative by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 17, 2015 04:28 PM
The Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative aims to catalyze private-sector investment into early-stage enterprises and identify innovations that help entrepreneurs bridge the pioneer gap – thus unlocking the potential of thousands of promising enterprises around the world.
MacArthur Foundation Recognizes Forest Trends for Extraordinary Creativity and Effectiveness by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 25, 2015 07:45 PM
Forest Trends is one of nine organizations to have received the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award "recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants.
Saving Lives at Birth Round 5 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 23, 2015 12:24 AM
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the U.K.'s Department for International Development (DFID) invite global problem solvers to answer their fifth call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.
ABCG: Jobs & Career Opportunities - December, 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Dec 30, 2014 01:48 PM
In This Issue: Finance Assistant - AWF; Manager - CI; Intern - TNC; Logistics Director - WCS; NR Policy Spec. - WRI; Comm. Manager - WWF; Call for Abstracts - TRAFFIC; Chief of Party - Chemonics; Learning Specialist - EI; courses - GMU-SI; Network Officers - LAGA-EAGLE.
ABCG: Jobs & Career Opportunities November 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 07, 2014 05:01 PM
In This Issue: Project Manager - AWF; Call for Proposals - CI; Program Officer - JGI; Country Director - WCS; Charge--Africa Assoc. - WRI; Train Fellowships - WWF-US; Project Director - USFS; ProjectOffier - TRAFFIC; Call for Nominations - Equator Prize; Request for Applications - APC; Campaigns Assistant - Camfed; Regional Rep - WWF-Global
Millions Soap Up to Commemorate Global Handwashing Day by Portal Web Editor — last modified Oct 16, 2014 01:55 AM
Improving child survival requires promotion of healthy behaviors.
ABCG: Job Opportunities from WWF by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 29, 2014 07:28 PM
In This Issue ~ WWF-US - DRC Positions. ABCG's mission is to tackle complex and changing conservation challenges by catalyzing and strengthening collaboration, and bringing the best resources from across a continuum of conservation organizations to effectively and efficiently work toward a vision of an African continent where natural resources and biodiversity are securely conserved in balance with sustained human livelihoods
The SMART Partnership: Training of Trainers Builds Capacity for Adaptive Conservation Protection by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 28, 2014 10:27 PM
The SMART Partnership is committed to developing a global network of trainers using standard, open source training materials to ensure the roll out of the SMART Approach is cost effective, locally adapted and global in nature. To that end and in order to enhance the capacity to implement this adaptive management approach and expand the user base, the SMART Partnership hosted a regional training in South Africa to help improve monitoring of illegal activities across Africa. The training, which was funded by CITES-MIKE and USAID's Africa Bureau through ABCG, was conducted at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) between the 16th and 20th June 2014. A total of 28 participants from 16 African countries, representing 19 organizations joined the workshop.
ABCG - Jobs & Career Opportunities: August, 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 16, 2014 03:06 PM
In This Issue: Program Assistant - AWF | Country Director - CI | Major Gifts Officer - WCS | Logistics Director - WCS | Regional Coordinator - WRI | Sr. Program Officer - WW
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit 2014: Get the highlights and see USAID’s involvement by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 11, 2014 09:24 PM
This week, President Obama welcomed leaders from across the African continent to the nation’s capital for a 3-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. Government has expanded efforts to save​ lives, improve ​​equity and elevate​ ​the well-being of populations globally, especially women. Investments in global health save lives and protect Americans at home and abroad; foreign assistance is both from and for the American people.
Introducing... the new ABCG.org website. Streamlined! by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 05, 2014 01:26 AM
ABCG has taken a critical look at the face of our collaboration: our interactive website--ABCG.org--and invested in redesigning its functionality for a more effective user interface. This includes, content searching, interactivity and feedback, streamlined user experience and a presentable layout.
ABCG: Jobs & Career Opportunites | August 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 31, 2014 04:40 PM
In This Issue: Sr. PO - AWF | Manager - CI | Exec. Dir - JGI | Park Director - WCS | Proj. Coordinator - WRI | Chief of Party - WWF | Request for Proposals - JRS | Fellowship - AWARD | Sr. Policy Analyst - PBR | Sr. Nat. Res. Economist - RRI | Prog. Coordinator - AZAFADY | Exec. Director - GE
Why dry areas should invest massively in innovation to ensure food security by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 21, 2014 01:02 AM
Keynote speech delivered by Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium at the Opening Ceremony of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, Abu Dhabi, February 3, 2014.
USAID Launches Biodiversity Policy by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 11, 2014 10:30 PM
On July 8th, USAID launched its first-ever Biodiversity Policy at an event in Washington featuring Administrator Shah, Members of Congress, and key NGO and private sector partners. The Policy sets forth the Agency's ambitious vision of conserving biodiversity for sustainable long-term development.
"Our Ocean Conference" Pledges More Than $170 Million to Benefit Coastal Communities by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 11, 2014 10:30 PM
Overall, the Our Ocean Conference, hosted from June 16-17 by Secretary of State John Kerry, was viewed as highly successful in garnering political will for actions to safeguard and enhance valuable ocean resources for the communities who depend upon them. Participants announced new partnerships and initiatives valued at over $1.8 billion (including $1 billion from Norway for climate adaptation and mitigation assistance), as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 3 million square kilometers of the ocean, an area roughly the size of India.
ABCG: Jobs & Career Opportunities - June 2014 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 25, 2014 08:37 PM
In This Issue: Coommunications Officer - AWF; Program Officer - CI; Executive Director - WCS; CConservation Director - WCS; NR Policy Specialist - WRI; Country Director - WWF; Prog. Coordinato - TPWF; Managing Director - DSWT; Assoc. Director - MCC; Climate C. Speciialist - USAID; Tech'l. Advisor - USDA; Mentoring Program InterAction; V.P. Development - LTA.
Integration of World Bank's GeoNode into SERVIR-Africa's One-Stop portal by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 16, 2014 08:34 PM
To provide users with a single point of access to geospatial information, SERVIR-Africa is showcasing the incorporation of web services from external data providers into its One-Stop Geospatial platform. We are now working with World Bank to provide seamless integration between the SERVIR portal and GeoNode -- an open source GIS mapping platform that allows users to quickly and easily share data and create interactive maps.
US Department of Interior, SERVIR-Africa/RCMRD, and USGS sponsor workshop in Kenya to streamline mapping of Africa's land cover by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 16, 2014 08:33 PM
Land cover mapping experts from 15 African countries and from the Department of the Interior International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP), the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), SERVIR-Africa, and the US Geological Survey shared technical expertise at a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, about connecting initiatives for high-resolution land cover mapping of the African continent. The Eastern and Southern African Global Land Cover Workshop, held 10-14 March 2014, produced several key recommendations for ensuring that global, regional, and national efforts support and enhance one another through sharing of data and other measures.
The Center for Sustainable Development: May's 55 Top Resources by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 23, 2014 06:40 PM
Special May Newsletter on the Best New Resources for Adaptation, Development, Sustainability and Nonprofit Programs. We have so many excellent resources come through CSDi that we periodically compile them and share them in an occasional, special newsletter. Climate Change & Finance | Adaptation | REDD+ | Gender | Food Security | Livelihood
Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 25, 2014 06:39 PM
Today, April 25, 2014, is World Malaria Day. Each year, this day commemorates the global fight toward zero malaria deaths and mobilizes action to combat the disease.
Investments, Not Charity, Provide Hope to Ethiopia’s Most Vulnerable Children by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 25, 2014 02:32 PM
Hundreds of thousands of others throughout Ethiopia have been transformed by the Yekokeb Berhan Program for Highly Vulnerable Children, USAID’s second largest orphans and vulnerable children’s initiative in the world. The program, which began in 2011, is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and is implemented by USAID partner Pact, a U.S.-based international NGO. Yekokeb Berhan means “light emanating from the stars” in Amharic.
Commercial Farming Successes Break Poverty Cycle in Nepal by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 25, 2014 02:31 PM
Thanks to two consecutive USAID projects in Nepal over the past seven years—Education for Income Generation (EIG) and the Nepal Economic Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) project—more people are breaking out of the cycle of poverty to create better futures for their families.
Nepal Adapts To Changing Climate: Farmers profit as they protect the land by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 25, 2014 02:29 PM
With the help of the U.S. Government's Global Climate Change (GCC) Initiative, which is led by USAID, Farm Tole is on the cusp of transforming itself. Through USAID’s flagship GCC project in Nepal—called Hariyo Ban, or Green Forests—communities like Farm Tole are coming together to identify their most pressing risks and develop sound solutions to address them.
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