Rice For Light: Cash-Strapped Villagers Barter Produce For Electricity

  In late 2009, a small, private electricity supplier in Guinea, West Africa, launched its service in the remote rural village of Goyola. Similar efforts had been made in other parts of the country, but Goyola has proven unique; 100 […]

World Meets Goal Of Boosting Access To Clean Water But Lags On Better Sanitation

  The goal of reducing by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water has been achieved, well ahead of the 2015 deadline for reaching the globally agreed development targets aimed at ridding the world of extreme […]

ILO Launches ‘Toolkit’ To Ease Tourism Industry’s Woes

The International Labour Organisation has released a comprehensive training toolkit to promote decent work in the tourism industry and contribute to poverty reduction via the promotion of jobs in rural areas. Designed as training course, the toolkit is aimed at […]

UN Official Urges Focus On Rural Development To Lift Millions Out Of Poverty

A top United Nations official today committes to pull up to 90 million people out of poverty by 2015 and help small farmers and all those in rural areas to realize their potential in eliminating hunger and promoting development. “Smallholder […]

Africa: No Global Security Without A Thriving World Agriculture Sector

  In an insightful keynote address at the International Fund for Agricultural Fund (IFAD) annual meeting, Mario Monti, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, underscored the relationships between food security,   global security and the future of the planet. Echoing […]