Newsfordev - news for development professionals

CTA is pleased to announce the launch of the news aggregator platform, NewsforDev employs RSS and e-mail news technology to bring knowledge and information to agricultural development practitioners in ACP countries thereby improving access to information.

Drawing on a reference base of more than 630 newsfeeds and an articles database of over 400,000 articles, Newsfordev editors have selected the most pertinent newsfeed sources to create a number of thematic dossiers, updates of which you can receive as newsletters, either by email or on-line. You can track your favourite sources by setting up a personal news page, and even incorporate your own newsletters based on customised searches of the ever growing database of articles cached from all sources. You can also share news with other users using social bookmarking tools.

The 13 dossiers currently available are as follows:

* Agriculture;
* Biodiversity;
* Biofuels;
* CTA;
* Climate change;
* Development;
* S&T; S&T4D;
* Trade;
* World News (Africa, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Middle-East)

The 15 Feature newsletters (from the database of articles) are as follows:

* Bird flu
* Connectivity
* Drought
* EU-Africa Headlines
* Gender issues
* Genetic resources
* Globalisation
* Information society
* Millenium Development Goals
* Microfinance
* Mobile Phones
* Nanotechnology
* Traceability
* Urban agriculture
* WiFi

In the next phase of the platform development CTA aims to add more French and Portuguese sources as well as expand the number of dossiers and add new functionalities. Any feedback on this news platform will be most welcome.
30 April 2008
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