Focus On: Land Matters

Kenya launches biggest ever insurance payouts for livestock herders

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By Jennifer Ehidiamen

As part of an effort to address drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, Kenya has provided $2 million to over 12,000 pastoral households under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program.

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Gates, Mastercard launch new platform for smallholder farmers

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How an Australian mentoring program is improving plant biosecurity in Africa

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Aid groups ask for help in dealing with forgotten crisis of Lake Chad Basin

Experts responding to the ongoing Lake Chad Basin crisis call on the international community for both funding and visibility to prevent the spread of malnutrition, illness and other residuals left behind by Boko Haram fighters. The Lake Chad Basin crisis was listed as the "most underreported crisis of 2016" with experts saying it has been largely forgotten to other global crises.

Development actors bet on political power shift to save Cambodia's forgotten forest

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CNFA's model of supporting agribusinesses gains government attention

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Is it time to devise a faster response to slow onset disasters?

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Opinion: Can the livestock sector find the elusive 'win-win' on drug resistance?

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Vietnam's slow emergency: 4 lessons learned from drought response

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Prioritizing horticulture in the SDGs: Why it matters

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Degrees that plant the seed for a career in agriculture

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Does Australia hold the key to food security?

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5 bold initiatives in flood resilience

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Lessons learned at Habitat III

Habitat III now over, national delegates and members of the development community now head home to implement the New Urban Agenda in their local context. Devex takes a look at some of the key issues that emerged at Habitat III that will inform those plans.

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