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UNU-INRA report suggests early planting could mitigate climate change impact on maize yields

Accra, February 3, 2014 – A research report by the United Nations University- Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) suggests that early planting in combination with irrigation are good and cost effective adaptation measures to reduce the impact of climate change on maize yields.

The study entitled: Modelling the Impact of Climate Change on Maize Yield under Rainfed Conditions in Sub-humid Ghana”, which was conducted by Dr. Benedicta Yayra Fosu-Mensah, a Visiting Scholar to the institute, posits that  by the year 2050, precipitation is likely to decrease by 20 % with an increase in temperatures between 1.3 – 1.6 oC in Ghana. According to the report, the increase in temperature and decrease in precipitation are likely to cause a delay in the onset of the rainy season, making planting long season cultivars (often high yielding) interfere with minor season planting. This delay is likely to impact on maize yields.

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World Economic Forum to focus on Women and Girls

Accra, 21 January, 2014 – The World Economic Forum 2014 is scheduled to take place in Davos from January 22 – 25 January 2014.  The Forum which brings together private and public sector leaders and civil society sectors, will highlight successful programmes and innovative approaches that enable girls and women worldwide to learn, earn, thrive and control their own destinies. Participants will include the Secretary-General and his MDG Advocacy Group, including co-chairs President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.   Possible new commitments for supporting MDG acceleration may be announced.

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Ghana’s criminal justice and mental health practices need critical attention to be more humane –

ACCRA / GENEVA (15 November 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, today expressed deep concern about the situation of overcrowding in prisons in Ghana. “The overcrowding rate in some places that I visited is easily between 200 to 500%,” he warned at the end of his first official visit* to Ghana.

“Overcrowding gives rise to other human rights violations such as poor quality and quantity of food, poor hygiene, lack of adequate sleeping accommodation, insufficient air ventilation, a high risk of contamination of diseases, as well as very limited access to medical treatment, recreational activities or work opportunities,” Mr. Méndez said. Read the full statement