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Iraq/Kurdistan: Oil Revenues Real Motive for Kurdistan Independence Vote

10 September 2017

Source: Press TV

Sa’ad al-Muttalibi believes the leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, has been using the referendum to further blackmail the political system in the country to gain higher oil revenues. He went on to say that Barzani’s main aim is to add the Kirkuk region, which accounts for about 40 percent of Iraq’s total oil production,...

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Afghanistan: Grape Farmers Expect Bumper Crop This Year

9 September 2017

Source: Zabihullah Jahanmal, TOLOnews

According to the ministry, this is an increase of more than 15 percent against last year. MAIL spokesman Lotfullah Rashid said Afghan farmers will earn a decent amount of money this year as a large percentage of these grapes will be exported to India. Meanwhile, a number of farmers and garden owners from Bagram district...

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Iraq: Iraq's Killing Fields: The Lethal Legacy of Landmines – in Pictures [Photos]

8 September 2017

Source: Sean Sutton, Guardian

After decades of conflict, Iraq has been left littered with unexploded booby-traps. The Mines Advisory Group has spent 25 years in the country working to destroy and clear some of the millions of pieces of deadly ordnance. These images show members of the organisation at work, and the people whose lives have been touched and...

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Afghanistan: 22 Irrigation Canals to Be Built on Amu River

7 September 2017

Source: Zarmina Mohammadi, TOLOnews

Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Water said on Thursday that 22 water canals will be built within the next five years to irrigate agricultural lands in five provinces in the north and northeastern parts of Afghanistan.

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South Sudan: South Sudan President Sacks State-Owned Oil Company Boss

7 September 2017

Source: Reuters

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of national oil company Nilepet, according to a government decree. Managing Director James Thelweng Mathiang Rok was relieved of his duties, according to a decree broadcast on state television. Rok had been in the job since February. Chol Deng Thon Abel was named as new managing...

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Iraq: Cash-for-Work Initiative Aims to Develop Iraq's Agriculture Sector

7 September 2017

Source: Mina Aldroubi, The National

Iraq’s humanitarian crisis remains at alarming levels as years of conflict has left millions at risk of food insecurity. As the violence continues to force people to abandon their farms and agriculture-based livelihoods, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has teamed up with Zain — a regional mobile telecommunications company — to reconstruct Iraq’s agriculture...

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Colombia: Continental Gold Invests in Colombia-Based Agricultural Development Programme

6 September 2017

Source: Samantha Herbst, Mining Weekly

As part of its sustainability strategy, TSX-listed exploration and development company Continental Gold will contribute about $370 000 towards a programme developed to support agricultural development in western Antioquia, in north-west Colombia. The Future Harvest programme, aimed at directly benefiting the communities of Buriticá, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Giraldo and Cañasgordas, which are all in Continental Gold’s...

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Afghanistan: Afghanistan Issues Tenders for Three Hybrid Solar Projects Totaling 55 MW

6 September 2017

Source: Emiliano Bellini, PV Magazine

Afghanistan’s National Procurement Authority has issued three tenders for the construction of three hybrid solar power plants with a combined capacity of 55.5 MW. One project, planned for the Hisar-e-Shahi Industrial Park (HIP), which is located 22 km southeast of Jalalabad City, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, will have a capacity of 40 MW. Closing...

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DRC: Protecting Livelihoods is Key to Mining the DRC’s Riches

6 September 2017

Source: Nelson Alusala, Institute for Security Studies

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential to become Africa’s richest economy, going by the quantities of its natural resources. At the centre of the riches are over 80 million hectares of arable land and over 1 100 types of minerals and precious metals. But despite the DRC’s wealth, the livelihoods of...

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DRC: Resource-Rich DRC Losing U.S.$1.3 Billion Every Year in Unpaid Taxes

6 September 2017

Source: James Anyanzwa, East African

The Democratic Republic of Congo is losing up to $1.3 billion in revenue each year due to a failure by public bodies, tax agencies and the state mining firm Gécamines to remit levies, and the pillage of revenue in suspicious deals. The DRC tops the list of African countries whose resources are being plundered.

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