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3 lakh teachers to be trained in Bihar with World Bank’s financial aid

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 Bihar: The Bihar cabinet Friday formally approved a proposal  to train three lakh school teachers with financial help from the  World Bank, officials said.

Principal Secretary, Cabinet, Sishir Sinha said that the cabinet  has approved the education department’s proposal to train the  school teachers to increase their effectiveness and quality of  education given to children at the elementary level.

“The proposed programme will run from 2015-16 to 2019-20,  for which the Bihar government, the central government and  the World Bank have signed an agreement,” he said.

Sinha said that a total of $357 million – $250 million provided by the World Bank and the rest by the state government – will be spent on the programme. (IANS)

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World Bank to Help Sri-Lankan Farmers Improve Productivity and Tackle Climate Change

The project will ensure that all farmers obtain adequate access to training and research

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The project will ensure that all farmers obtain adequate access to training and research. Wikimedia

The World Bank on Monday approved a $125 million loan for Sri Lanka to help small farmers improve productivity and tackle climate change.

The programme will benefit more than 470,000 small farmers in six provinces in the dry zone of the country, selected for being most exposed to climate impacts, the World Bank said in a statement cited by Xinhua news agency.

Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters such as floods and droughts with hundreds of people killed in recent years, the report said.

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Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters such as floods and droughts with hundreds of people killed in recent years, the report said. Pixabay

“Innovation, including the introduction of improved crop varieties, cropping patterns, water resources management, among others, can help farmers adapt to changing climate and improve their incomes and livelihoods,” said World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough.

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The project will ensure that all farmers obtain adequate access to training and research.

Sri Lanka’s agriculture is one of the worst-affected sectors by climate change. Agriculture contributes about 7.7 per cent to the country’s economy and employs 27 per cent of the population. (IANS)