Archive for June, 2011
In a bid to improve the agricultural activities in kano , the Kano State World Bank Assisted Commercial Agriculture Development Project(CADP),has extended a grant of over 65 million Naira to forty-four farmers group.
This was disclosed by the Kano State project coordinator of CADP, Muhammed Badawi at the 4th World Bank/Federal Government of Nigeria joint project implementation supervision mission.
As part of the project, benefiting farmers have embarked on expansion and modernization of farmlands while the road leading to the farms under are construction to facilitate easy access to markets and reduce both the travel time and cost.
The CADP initiative is one of the many intervensions initiated by the World Bank to improve agricultural activities, eliminate hunger and reduce poverty across Nigeria , Africa and the World at large.
According to Lucas Akapa, the World Bank’s task team leader, the project will encourage production, processing and marketing of the of the selected value chains to assist Nigerian Government in its determination to attain food sufficiency as envisaged in vision 2020.
The project which gulped US$150 million started on July 30,2009 and is expected to end on December 31,2014.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has recently designed a new strategy to revive the agricultural sector of the Nigeria economy by leveraging over 450 billion Naira in bank lending to agriculture.
This leverage amount to 60% of agricultural financing gap in the country.
According to the apex bank statement, the new strategy known as ‘Nigeria Incentive Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) will center stage at the stake holder’s conference on July 5-6 2011.
NIRSAL is designed to build long term capabilities, ‘de-risk’ agricultural financing value and institutionalize agricultural lending.
The CBN noted that this initiative was necessary to sustain the agricultural system in Nigeria which have not received enough lending support over the years.
The apex bank stated that to break down ‘banks’ perception that agriculture is a high risk sector, NIRSAL will share their loses on agriculture loans.
An affiliate of the world bank group, International Finance Corporation (IFC), has pledged to commit $14.9 million to Moorhouse Properties Limited (MPL) and its subsidiary A.M Hotels Limited to develop 4 hotels in Nigeria.
IFC is providing the sum to enable MPL build two IBIS hotels,thereby introducing the international brand to Nigeria. The IBIS hotels will be managed by a french hotel group,ACCOR,one of the world leading hotel operators with about 4000 properties under management in 90 countries. These new hotels is a response to an increasing demand for mid market and budget business accomodation in Nigeria.
According to IFC Nigeria country manager,Solomon Quaynor, “this will provide thousands of job and provide training for a varity of post in technical and management position.” This iniciative is meant to substain and maintain the economic growth and development of the nation.
By Busayo Sotunde
Recently, Ghana won the World Food Price for Cocoa. This award will be given to Ghana’s former president John Kufuor. According to Kufuor, this is due to the improvement made on cocoa by the country.
Kufuor who won the $250,000 prize with former Brazillian president Luz Inacio lula da silva said that Ghana was able to achieve this by mordernizing & commercializing cocoa farm. According to him, his government focused on boosting agriculture which enable cocoa production to double to more than 700,000 tonnes during his first 3years in office.
Kufuor explained that this was done as the government believes that in improving agriculture, unemployment and poverty will be reduced. He however urged African leaders to introduce laws to penalise spectators who were responsible for causing food prices to rise.
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Google.org believe maps are a powerful tool for non-profits of all kinds to communicate issues, understand needs, and create more effective implementation plans. Thus, they are offering a pilot program of Geo Challenge Grants to organizations working in areas related to its core initiatives.
The grants is valued between US$5,000 and US$100,000, either directly from Google.org, or through grant recommendations from the Google.org Fund of Tides Foundation. These grants will be issued through an open application process – legally qualified, public charitable organizations with a compelling idea about how maps can help them work more effectively are eligible. Smaller mapping applications requiring only static data might receive US$5,000 in funding, while development of tools that enable many organizations to create maps might receive US$100,000.
This will be done in partnership with Google Earth Outreach, to help evaluate proposals from a technical standpoint and to help ensure the grants are successful.
Well designed maps can help organizations operate more effectively. They can convey the importance of your cause in a visual, compelling way. And, they can give individuals from around the world a chance to experience the work you do. Here are a few examples
How it works
- Think of ways in which mapping tools can help you be even more effective in your work.
- Apply and submit your proposal online. Unfortunately, this current round is closed (Watchout for the next round!).
- Our panel will make preliminary decisions and contact applicants within approximately 4-6 weeks of the submission deadline. A final grant determination will not be made until a due diligence review is completed and approved, and a formal grant agreement or award letter is executed. All grants are subject to compliance with all applicable laws.
- Grant recipients will receive funding and, as appropriate, information on technical resources.
- After grant funds are awarded, we’ll review progress in 3 months and expect grant recipients to complete their map within 6 months.
- When maps are completed, we’ll ask for an initial report on what what has been accomplished, and how grant recipients anticipate it will help them with their work. We’ll also require grant recipients to post their maps online for anyone to see/access for free, unless there is a compelling reason why the grant recipient cannot do so.
- Then, 6 months later (1 year from receipt of funds,) we’ll ask for a final report with feedback and metrics to understand the overall effectiveness of the map(s).
Who is eligible
Public, charitable organizations with a good idea and non-profit status in their country of incorporation are eligible to apply. You’ll be asked to provide proof of your status as a non-profit, public charity as part of the application process. Please note that applicable laws may not allow us to make grants in certain countries or to certain entities.
Grant evaluation criteria
- Potential impact toward your organization’s goals.
- Assessment of organization/team (organization’s background, their work in the areas of Google.org’s core initiatives).
- Preference will be given to layers that directly complement at least one of Google.org’s core initiatives.
- Emphasis on the geo-spatial aspect of the organization’s work.
- Precise articulation of data sources and/or realistic plans to acquire data is critical. Preference will be given to proposals where either data already exists or the data collection plan is realistic and practical, given resources.
- Quality of planning (the plan should include concrete, measurable and realistic goals given time, people, and money constraints).
- Meets all applicable legal requirements.
- Passes the necessary due diligence review.
The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, though anyone from anywhere in the world, age 18 and over, is welcome to apply.
Benefits to Fellows
- Attendance to one TED or TEDGlobal Conference with all expenses paid (conference, travel, room and board)
- Participation in Fellows pre-conference activities
- Private social networking on TED.com
- Potential to speak on the TED Fellows or TED University stage
- Potential to have that talk posted on TED.com
- Participation in the SupporTED coaching program
Responsibilities of Fellows
- Full attendance and participation at the Conference
- Submission of a post-conference report
- Regular participation in the TED Fellows community
Additional benefits to Senior Fellows
- Attendance to four additional TED and TEDGlobal Conferences with all expenses paid (travel, room and board)
- Participation in four additional Senior Fellows-centered pre-conference activities
- Potential to deliver a full-length talk on the main stage
- Potential to have that TEDTalk posted online
Additional responsibilities of Senior Fellows
- Full attendance and participation at four additional TED or TEDGlobal Conferences over two years
- Submission of a post-conference report after each conference
- Regular posting on the TED Fellows Blog
- Hosting a TEDx event for 50+ people
- Giving a talk on the TED Fellows, TED University or main TED stage
- Applications for TED2012 Fellows are due by Monday, July 25, 2011 11:59pm US/Eastern
- Before you start, it’s extremely important to read our tips for applying. They will help you best complete the application below.
Who should apply
We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs.
At TED, we can take risks on unconventional innovators. We value achievement over credentials — making and doing over merely talking.
We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.
How to apply
To apply to become a TED Fellow, please complete the application form in its entirety. (Before beginning the application, please review our applications tips and our terms and conditions.)
In addition to basic details and contact information, the application asks applicants to answer essay questions and provide three references. Applications must be received complete and on time to be considered.
The application cycles for TED and TEDGlobal are different. Applicants apply to one conference.
The selection process
TED Fellows are selected by the program staff.
TED2012 Conference timeline:
June 13, 2011 – TED2011 Fellows applications OPEN
July 25, 2011 – TED2011 Fellows applications CLOSE
The SEVEN Fund encourage rigorous researchers to tackle the questions of enterprise solutions to poverty, and find the role models and artists that embody the experience of innovation in the world’s poorest countries.
SEVEN Funding Has the Following Goals:
- To expand the purview of scientific inquiry to include scientific disciplines fundamental to a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and economic development, but which are currently largely unsupported by conventional grant sources.
- To forge and maintain useful collaborations between researchers and on-the-ground actors working on Enterprise Based Solutions to Poverty.
- To provide the public with a deeper understanding in this area, and their potential implications for our worldview.
The SEVEN Fund invests in the most innovative voices in Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, including Dambisa Moyo, Michael Kremer of Harvard University, Mark Milstein of Cornell, The Acton Institute, Microrateand Tanguy Bernard of the International Food Policy Research Institute.
SEVEN co-funds the global Pioneers of Prosperity program, which identifies, highlights, and invests in the world’s top entrepreneurs in Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. Learn more about SEVEN FUNDS…