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Issue 36 Financial services

April 2007

Traditionally, the major banks have been reluctant to extend their services to rural communities in developing countries. It is simply not profitable enough for banks to set up branches in ‘the middle of nowhere’.

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Issue 35 Coping with Climate Change

December 2006

Developing countries will suffer far more from the impacts of global warming than the big polluters in Europe and North America. Soil erosion and desertification will affect ACP countries far more than Europe and North America.

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Issue 34 Film-making farmers

November 2006

In the last ten years, the prices of digital video cameras have dropped almost as sharply as those of mobile phones. This, together with the advent of cheap desktop video-editing software aimed at the...

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Issue 33 Urban Agriculture

September 2006

At some point over the course of 2005, notes urbanist Mike Davis in Planet of Slums, an investigation into the world’s poorest cities, the world’s population made the epochal shift from rural to predominantly urban.

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Issue 32 Traceability

June 2006

The European Union, the United States, Australia, Japan and other Northern regions have over the last few years introduced tough new traceability requirements covering farm products entering their ports.

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Issue 31 Soils

March 2006

As many other parts of the world, ACP countries have seen their soils severely degraded over the last 100 years, largely due to overcultivation, overgrazing, extensive fuelwood gathering, increased...

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Issue 30 Precision Agriculture

January 2006

This issue of ICT Update focuses on precision farming, an advanced e-agriculture application that ICT experts are calling a true agricultural revolution. Still in its infancy, precision farming...

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Issue 29 WSIS-2

November 2005

For African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries sustainable agricultural and rural development is crucial in the efforts to eradicate poverty. Accordingly, the discussions of WSIS-2 should urgently...

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Issue 28 Access to natural resources

October 2005

At the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Bamako, Mali, in April 2005, governments declared that ‘the development of agriculture remains an essential component of economic development...

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Issue 27 Participatory GIS

September 2005

Resource distribution, tenure and access are crucial factors in natural resources management. What they have in common is that they are spatially defined within broader social, economic and environmental...

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