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Water access boosts crop production and incomes in Sudan's rural east

23 May 2011

Khartoum - More than 1,000 farmers living in northeast Sudan now have increased harvests and income due to water irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In Arabaat, a rural community 30 kilometres west of the coastal city of Pormore

Chhibber: Poorest countries need help to build up their resilience

17 May 2011

Last week, in Istanbul, over 40 heads of state from the world’s least developed countries gathered to define a new vision to reverse the profound poverty of the people living in these countries. Of the 48 least developed countries, 14 are in Asia. After a period of prolonged slow growth, by 2007 themore

Georgia: Microloans offer new starts in war-torn regions

25 Jan 2011

With funding from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) teamed up with seven local microfinance institutions to assist displaced persons, women entrepreneurs, small-scale farmers, and other socially and economically vulnerable communities to start up small businessmore

UNDP extends solidarity to flood-hit Brazil

18 Jan 2011

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark sent a letter of solidarity to President Dilma Rousseff and reiterated commitment to support the country The United Nations extends solidarity to the Brazilian government, local authorities and civil society organizations in their efforts to cope with the tragedy caumore

Farmers back on road to market in Pakistan

28 Jan 2011

Road restored through a cash-for-work project. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “No one could reach our villages, we could not travel to visit doctors and most importantly the first post-flood crop of sugarcane, which we have managed to harvest, could not reach the market. But UNDP’s support to rebuilmore

Flood-affected plant seeds for new livelihood in Pakistan

28 Jan 2011

South Punjab farmer surveys seeds sprouting from UNDP package. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “My half-acre of paddy field, two hens and goat were washed away in the flooding. This farming package comes as a blessing at this dismal time.” - Imam Bibi, a 60-year-old of Hindu Wan village, Punjab, recmore

Needs still urgent as flood-hit Pakistan starts to rebuild

28 Jan 2011

Rebuilding basic infrastructure with involvement of communities. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) New York – While needs are still urgent for millions whose lives and livelihoods were ruined by flooding across Pakistan six months ago, hundreds of thousands are working to transform their futures througmore

Pakistan flood victims lay foundations for new homes

28 Jan 2011

Niat Zareen moved into her new house last month, more optimistic about the days to come. (Photo: UNDP) “I lost everything, my house, my land and my cattle. This house is a blessing. It has brought new light and hope to our lives.” Bibi Roshan, 54 and mother of six children, in the province omore

Mobile one-stop shops help recover lost IDs in Pakistan

28 Jan 2011

Women line up to receive free legal services including IDs in mobile one-stop shops. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “I feel that I lost evidence of my existence as my house collapsed. I had to re-establish my identity.” Gul Pari, a 30-year-old single mother of five in the district of Nowshera, Khybemore

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Women in southern Punjab earn income and take lead

28 Jan 2011

“Our village was in utter destruction with dead animals and rubble scattered all over. UNDP encouraged us to take the lead and now we’ve cleaned all the fields and most of our houses. With the money I earned, I plan to buy goats to invest in a future for my family.” - Kaneez Bibi of Muzaffargarh’s more